Texting Driving Statistics
There are many distractions while driving. ¬†Walker Texas Lawyer discusses Texting Driving Statistics.¬†¬†¬†Eating while driving, reading emails, applying makeup, using a navigation system, talking on the phone, and reading or sending a text message are all examples of distracted driving.¬† The 3 main distractions are visual, manual, and cognitive.¬† Respectively, taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel, and taking your mind off driving.¬† A person texting is extremely dangerous because this distraction is a combination of all of them.¬† One of the immense distractions for people while driving is their cell phone.¬† Taking your eyes off the road for 4 seconds going roughly 60mph is equivalent to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. ¬†
Though no state bans all cell phone use there are 46 states and the District of Columbia that ban texting while driving as of June of 2017.¬† In the state of Texas, texting is banned throughout the state and punishable by law.¬† A driver can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and could face jail time for up to one year and fines up to $4,000 if their offense resulted in an accident causing significant harm or death.¬† ¬† ¬†
The dangers of driving while using cell phones is a reality everyone must face as they have become more ubiquitous.¬† A person is four times more likely to be in an accident if they are using their cell phones while driving. The National Safety Council estimates 1.6 million crashes each year associated with cell phone use while driving.¬† This difficult situation is not going away any time soon. ¬†
If you find yourself in a car accident that is cell phone related you might wonder what to do next or how to prove the other driver in the accident was using their cell phone.¬† Here are some helpful tips if you are in this situation:¬†
If you are injured immediately seek medical care.¬† Always file a police report and inform the officer that the driver was using a cell phone.¬† Get the other driver‚Äôs contact information, driver‚Äôs license, and insurance information.¬† Document everything to the best of your ability.¬† This includes drawing a diagram of the accident and taking pictures of the damage to your vehicle and your injuries.¬† Get statements from witnesses, if possible, who saw the person on their phone.¬† File a subpoena for the driver‚Äôs phone records through your attorney.¬† It is best to not discuss the incident with the other driver because this could affect legal actions that you could make against them going forward. ¬†
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The Walker Law Firm Specializes in the litigation of Auto Accidents, Personal Injury Claims, Truck Accidents, 18-Wheeler Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents and catastrophic injury claims as the result of someone else‚Äôs negligence. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of someone else‚Äôs negligence, contact the Walker Law Firm, better known as Walker Texas Lawyer, today at 713-552-1117. ¬†If you or a loved one have been injured, contact Walker Texas Lawyer now!
Attorney James S. Walker has dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of over 25,000 clients. He has witnessed first hand the peace that comes with justice. Attorney James S. Walker is a personal injury lawyer located in Houston, Texas. Inside Houston Magazine ranks Attorney Walker as one of the top lawyers in Houston. His Ô¨Årm, Walker and Hunter P.C. has been voted Law Firm of the Year. ¬†A graduate of Michigan State University with a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Attorney Walker, or ‚ÄúWalker Texas Lawyer,‚Äù as he is sometimes known, will aggressively fight to get you the compensation you deserve.