Austin Texting While Driving Attorney
Across the nation, states are cracking down on texting while operating a motor vehicle, due to the staggering accident statistics of recent years. In the state of Texas, texting is banned for novice drivers and school bus drivers, and in school zones for all drivers. Texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash than if they were not distracted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, on average, a driver removes their eyes from the road for 4.6 seconds when writing or reading a text message. If moving at a speed of 55 mph, the vehicle would travel the entire length of a football field while being virtually driven blind. Traffic can stop instantly, which often causes texting drivers to rear-end other vehicles or swerve into neighboring lanes in an attempt to avoid a collision. Texting also makes drivers less likely to notice when a car has moved into the lane ahead of them, or see bicyclists and pedestrians using the road.
Why is Texting While Driving So Dangerous?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are three types of driver distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive. Simply put, visual distraction occurs when a driver takes his/her eyes of the road; manual distraction occurs when a driver takes his/her hands off of the wheel; and cognitive distraction occurs when a driver stops focusing on the road. Unlike most distractions, texting while driving inhibits all three of these functions. For instance, eating behind the wheel takes the driver’s hands off the wheel, but not his/her eyes of concentration. Talking to passenger or using a hands-free cellphone is mentally distracting – even though the driver’s eyes and hands are still focused on driving the car. According to NHTSA, hands-free phones are not significantly safer than their hand-held alternatives. If you are the victim in a cellphone related car accident, contact the Loewy Law Firm today.
Contact an Austin Car Accident Lawyer if Injured By a Texting Driver
If you were injured or lost a loved to wrongful death caused by a texting driver, our firm may be able to help you put your life back together. The support of a personal injury lawyer may be what you need to obtain justice and the compensation you deserve. Texting drivers cause some of the most serious car accidents on the road, and their negligence can shatter the lives of their victims. The serious injuries caused by these accidents can leave you with thousands of dollars in hospital bills, lost wages, and even an inability to live a normal life.