TEXTING WHILE DRIVING IN HOUSTON
Houston, TX Car Accident Attorneys
Operating a car in Texas can be a dangerous activity. Safe driving demands a driver be free from distractions and pay full attention to the road. Drivers should refrain from activities – including using cell phones or texting – that can harm other Texas drivers. A distracted driver who causes a car wreck while texting or talking on a cell phone is liable under Texas law and any victims of this careless behavior has the right to file an auto accident claim for money damages.
An estimated 800,000 Americans use handheld mobile devices like smart phones during daytime driving. Studies show texting while driving results in a 400 percent increase in distracted moments behind the wheel. Every second a driver does not have his or her eyes on the road can lead to a devastating texting car crash.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Cell phones are an ever-present feature of modern life, but they can be extremely distracting to a driver. While it remains unclear just how many motor vehicle accidents can be considered a texting driving accident, it is abundantly clear cell phone text messaging is a distraction (and any distraction on the roadway can lead to serious injuries and death). Driver inattention is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 driver distraction caused 5,800 roadway fatalities, or 16 percent of all fatal crashes, as well as 515,000 injuries, or more than 20 percent of all crashes resulting in injury. According to estimates, 80 percent of accidents are the result of distracted drivers, making distracted driving far more dangerous than DUI or drunk driving.
Recovering Damages for Those Injured By Distracted Drivers
If someone asked you to close your eyes while driving for six seconds, would you? Chances are you would decline, knowing driving with your eyes closed is dangerous. But did you know when you look at a text message it takes on average six seconds? That is six seconds your eyes and mind are off the road. This can have devastating consequences for you and other drivers on the road. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, it is important you contact a Houston car accident attorney from Wyly & Cook, PLLC. Please call us at 713-236-8330 to discuss your situation and options or fill out a free case evaluation form on this web page. Consultations are free.