Perhaps the most important rule of the road is to keep your eyes and your mind on the road. Drivers who allow themselves to be distracted or, worse yet, seek out distractions while sitting behind the wheel cause an inordinate number of accidents that inflict serious injury and wrongful death on innocent parties. Cellphone use, eating and drinking, personal grooming, reaching for objects, and carrying on animated conversations with passengers are just a few of the distractions that too often lead to disaster. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a distracted driver, trust your case to Dobbs & Porter, PLLC. With a board-certified specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law on-site, we are prepared to manage your case professionally and to pursue the full compensation you deserve.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 109,629 distracted driving crashes that claimed 455 lives and caused 3,086 incapacitating injuries throughout the Lone Star State in 2016. For the same year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 3,450 deaths from distracted driving across the country.
The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention” and calls texting while driving “the most alarming distraction.” The agency warns that sending or reading a text or an email takes the driver’s eyes off the road for at least five seconds and says that at 55 miles per hour, “that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”
Still, during daylight hours, almost half a million drivers use their cellphones while driving. Teens, who are already high-risk drivers due to novice-level skills and underdeveloped prefrontal cortexes, are most likely to be at fault in distracted driving car accidents.
Texas does not have a statewide ban on cellphone use while driving, but the following prohibitions are in place throughout the state:
Additionally, more than 90 municipalities have adopted cellphone ordinances. If you are traveling across the state, it’s hard to know if you are breaking the law if you make a call while driving, but you certainly aren’t exercising due care, even if you are not using a handheld device. Studies have shown that holding the phone is not as great a distraction as the conversation itself.
With every injury case we undertake, our lawyers strive to deliver the highest level of professional representation focused on optimal results. We have a solid record of success in distracted driving cases and are ready to apply our knowledge and experience in your case as well.
If a distracted driver caused an accident in which you were injured, you have a right to full compensation. Trust your claim to an experienced law firm who can deliver the professional representation you need. Call Dobbs & Porter, PLLC at 903-600-HURT(4878) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.