Texting and driving has become a bit of an epidemic in the U.S. Our phones
are asking for our attention at all times of the day and even though most
people realize that texting behind the wheel is dangerous, many still
regularly engage in the activity. Statistics show that half of all teenage
drivers admit to regularly texting while driving and another 18% admit
to sometimes text and drive. Not only teenagers engage in this dangerous
behavior however, with about 40% of people between 20 and 34 admitting
to regularly text behind the steering wheel.
Texting is one of the most dangerous activities you can perform while driving.
According to the National Safety Counsel’s estimation model, a staggering
1.3 million accidents – 25% of all accidents – were caused
by driving and texting in 2011. Texting while driving can increase your
chances of getting into an accident by 23 times according to this model.
Many U.S. states (41) have already banned texting while driving for all
drivers. Texas is lagging behind though, still not having passed a bill
to ban texting behind the steering wheel. The city of Austin has instated
a texting while driving ban a few years ago.
Whether it is banned by law or not in your state, you don’t want
to risk your life or someone else’s for a text message or an email.
We recommend that you put your phone away when you are driving and check
your messages once you arrive at your destination. It is not worth the
possible consequences that might result from texting while driving.
If you’ve been in an accident which involved a driver who was texting
(or engaged in any other distracting activity), you should contact a skilled
attorney to help you get the justice you deserve. Contact The Kyle Law
Firm today for a free consultation to discuss your case.