Not all eyes are on the Texas roads
Almost everyone today has a cell phone — and it seems that every call, text, and email is urgent. Because of this, distracted driving has become a major issue in Texas and across the country.
Most motorists make a consistent effort to drive safely. Yet auto accidents kill thousands of people each year, and distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent factors in fatal accidents. The federal government reports that in 2012, one in four crashes involved driver distraction, and more than 3,300 motorists were killed in distraction-related crashes and an estimated 421,000 people were injured.
There is no denying one of the biggest distractions that drivers face every day: cell phones. Young drivers who have grown up relying on cell phones are affected most. Inexperience behind the wheel and cell phone use has become a lethal combination as distracted driving has become the number one killer among teens. Ten percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who are killed in car crashes were apparently distracted at the time of the crash, with many of these distractions caused by cell phone use, including texting.
Distracted driving is no excuse for your suffering
Cell phone laws in Texas
Although many states have enacted laws banning cell phones while driving, Texas has not. However, the state has instituted certain restrictions, including:
- Drivers with learning permits may not use a handheld cell phone while driving.
- Drivers under the age of 18 may not operate wireless communication devices of any kind.
- School bus drivers are prohibited from all cell phone use while children are present in their vehicles.
Let a distracted driver accident attorney help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a crash with a distracted driver, the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec is prepared to fight for you in and out of court. You may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Shane R. Kadlec, as a board-certified injury attorney, has the experience you’ll need to obtain compensation.
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