While smartphones were once reserved for the financially elite, the Pew
Research Center reported that they are now owned by more than 64 percent
of American adults. Many people in Texas and across the country depend
on these high-functioning cell phones to keep them connected.
In addition to making calls, smartphones allow people to text, search the
internet, compose and check email, play games, access social media, listen
to music and even watch movies. When people start to use their smartphones
to talk and
text while driving, however, the situation becomes much more serious.
Distracted Driving Accidents: A Deadly Problem
In 2013, distracted driving was responsible for killing approximately 3,154
people and injuring an additional 424,000 people in the U.S., according
to Distraction.gov. In Texas alone, 468 people lost their lives and 3,214
were seriously injured in
distracted driving accidents in 2014. Altogether, there were 100,825 motor vehicle accidents in Texas
that involved people who were using their cell phones while driving, as
reported by the National Safety Council.
In an attempt to lower the distracted driving fatality rate, many states
have enacted legislation banning drivers from using cell phones while
driving. The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that currently,
46 states prohibit all motorists from texting and driving, and 14 states
do not allow drivers to talk on hand-held devices.
Texas bans novice drivers and bus drivers from texting and driving. Yet,
the state does not have a law making it illegal for all other drivers
to engage in this deadly activity (except within school zones). Many people
believe that stronger cell phone laws may help to decrease the rate of
car accidents and save lives.
Using a Cell Phone Causes a Loss of Concentration
The reason why texting and talking on cell phones is dangerous for motorists
is that these tasks are major forms of driver distraction. Although drivers
may feel as though they are able to multitask by engaging in another activity,
studies published by the NSC show that the human brain is not able to
do so. When drivers take their hands off of the steering wheel, remove
their eyes from the road or concentrate on something other than driving,
they are at a high risk of becoming involved in a car accident.
Hit By a Distracted Driver? We Can Help You Take Action.
If you are the unsuspecting victim of a distracted driver's negligent
actions, you may be suffering from serious injuries, such as
traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, back trauma and even spinal cord damage. You may want to
turn to a personal injury lawyer in Austin for legal counsel regarding
your case. A lawyer from The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC can listen to the
details of your accident and help you determine the best course of action.