Alarming Distracted Driving Statistics
In 2015, there were 105,783, distracted driving accidents in Texas. One person was killed every 2 hours 29 minutes; 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds; 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds; based on reportable crashes in 2015, according to Texas Department of Transportation. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that texting and driving is the same as driving after drinking 4 beers. Drivers who text while driving are about 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated, according to www.textinganddrivingsafety.com. Distracted Driving involves any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from operating his or her motor vehicle. When most people think of distracted driving, the first thing that they think of is texting while driving. However, there are many other types of activities that can lead to distracted driving, including: texting, browsing the internet on a smartphone, adjusting a GPS unit, eating, interacting with passengers, or even adjusting the radio. Attorney Bloodworth has seen drivers eating cereal from a bowl while driving in city traffic; drivers traveling at over 60 miles an hour while looking into the rearview mirror putting on mascara. Attorney Bloodworth lost his high school best friend in school to a distracted mother who looked away from the road while driving and reached into the floorboard of her car to retrieve her baby’s bottle. In 2011, there were 1.3 million motor vehicle crashes involving cell phone use, according to www.textinganddrivingsafety.com, that is 23% of all automobile crashes. According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, a car traveling 55 mph travels the length of a football field in just five seconds. If you or your family member is unfortunate enough to cross paths which such a distracted driver in that 5 seconds…you could be killed or severely injured, just because the driver wanted to post to Facebook or check their email. Ten states have banned cell phone use and/or texting while driving. Texas currently does not have a statewide ban on all cellphone use while driving. Despite the lack of a statewide ban, there are several laws restricting use in certain situations and places. There are several Texas laws governing cellphone usage while driving in a Texas school zone. For example, in Texas it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving in a school zone and is strictly prohibited while operating a school bus in Texas if children are present. Student drivers are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving. It is illegal for any driver under the age of 18 to use a cell phone while driving in Texas. The fines can be as high as $500.00 per incident and can jeopardize a teenager’s being able to keep their driving permit/license.
The Epidemic of Distracted Driving
Texting, applying makeup, and surfing the internet while driving has reached epidemic proportions. Distracted driving is a problem among young drivers, older drivers and even commercial motor vehicle operators. Drivers who are operating a motor vehicle on the public roadways owe a duty to the other drivers and passengers to keep a proper lookout on the road, to be alert to the changing traffic and weather conditions and to take responsible, appropriate action to drive their vehicle in a safe manner on the public roadways. Drivers who fail to discharge this duty to pay attention while driving, should be held liable when they cause a crash and injure others, damage other drivers’ cars or other property. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile crash that was not your fault, then call the Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., today, so the distracted driver can be taken off the road, held responsible for causing you and your family damage, and you and your loved ones can receive all the compensation to which you are entitled.
What Should I Do If I Am Involved In A Collision With A Distracted Driver
Court is not about the truth, it’s about what you can prove. It can be extremely difficult to “prove” that a driver was “distracted” at the time of the crash, The Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., along with our team of investigators and support staff, have tools at their disposal to find such proof… the proof you need to WIN your case! You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical impairment, pain and suffering, scarring and even special damages designed to punish the distracted driver. The Bloodworth Law Firm has been helping families and their loved ones injured in motor vehicle crashes for over 25 years uncovering the evidence needed to hold the person responsible for the injuries accountable. The Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., can obtain traffic signal data, witness statements, driver logs, cell phone records, and other documents that can prove the driver was distracted or impaired at the time of the accident. Call us for a free consultation today. The Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., is here to fight for you. Remember, there is no charge for the initial consultation. We work on contingency fee arrangements where there is no fee or expense to you unless we recover compensation for you, settlement for you, or obtain a verdict in your favor after a trial. The insurance companies have their lawyers you need one too. The call is free, and the consultation is free. Call the Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., today.