Many people think they are experts at multi-tasking while driving. Too
often a driver thinks nothing of
texting while driving - after all they have done it a thousand times before without incident.
The problem is it only takes one time for a serious
car accident to change your or someone else's life in an instant. Just ask the
mother of a young girl who lost control of her pickup truck while driving
to school one day and rolled it, ending the young driver's life.
Texas already has a law that prohibits drivers under the age of 18 or those
who have had their learners permit for less than six months from using
cellphones or texting while driving. This law also applies to people who
drive school buses. Now lawmakers want to pass new legislation called
the Alex Brown Memorial Act that would ban emailing, reading or instant
messaging or texting while driving throughout the state.
Currently 39 other states have passed similar legislation as have 28 different
counties and municipalities in Texas, including Austin.
Just last year a federal law was passed that makes millions of dollars
available to states that pass comprehensive bans on texting and other
distracted driving laws. When you consider the average driver takes his or her eyes off the
road for more than 4.5 seconds each time he or she reads or sends a text
message, it really makes you think about the dangers. If you are driving
55 miles per hour down a highway and take your eyes off the road for just
a few seconds you are driving the length of a football field while blind.
One supporter of the new law said that she lost her mother in a car crash
involving a driver who was talking on a cellphone. Car accidents caused
by distracted driving are much more prevalent than many people may think.
A person who is texting while driving is 23 times more likely to get into
a car accident than a person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08, the
legal limit to drive.
Anyone who is injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver can
hold that driver accountable through a person injury claim. If a person
is killed by a distracted or drunk driver surviving family members have
the same right in the form of a
wrongful death action. Our Austin personal injury law firm, The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC,
helps individuals and families who have been injured or killed due to
car accidents caused by drunk or distracted drivers.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Supporters of ban on texting while driving make their case at Texas Capitol," Karen Brooks harper, Jan. 29, 2013