Former Dallas Cowboys alum, Michael Irvin speaks out against distracted driving in the studio with car wreck lawyer Ryan Thompson. Distracted driving has led to the death of 3,166 people in 2017 alone. Simply taking your eyes of the road for 5 seconds at 55mph is like driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed.
We live in a world where we have seemingly limitless access with the touch of a button. Our technology savvy society brings the pressure to stay connected at all times, even while driving. In a study conducted by the Zebra about American’s driving behavior and attitudes, 37% of respondents aged 18-34 stated that they felt a high degree of pressure to respond to work-related messages while driving.
Distracted driving is in line with driving while impaired in terms of risk and dangers. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1 in every 5 car accidents in Texas is due to distracted driving, a ratio that has not decreased in the past 4 years, even with the emerging emphasis to keep our focus on the road.
“Driving while texting” and “driving while distracted” may seem interchangeable, however, distracted driving encompasses a lot more than just checking your phone while driving. Distracted driving refers to any time you are paying attention to anything other than the road while driving. There are various form of distracted driving, including:
Driving while distracted is dangerous and accounts for 9% of all fatal crashes. Distracted driving also has major ramifications related to traffic safety, violations, and insurance rates.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 3 types of distracted driving:
As the former Cowboy and our car wreck attorney discussed, the one factor all of these distractions share is the fact that the driver is paying attention to something other than driving. Complacency is the reason many drivers feel they can take their eyes and mind off the road. After drivers get comfortable, they forget just how dangerous it can be – because they are complacent to the risks of driving.
As of September 1, 2017, the Texas Legislature passed a statewide ban on wireless communication devices for electronic messaging while operating a vehicle. Texting, as well as reading or writing an email, is prohibited while driving on the roads in Texas.
In Texas, first-time violators could face a misdemeanor charge and a fine between $25 to $99. Repeat offenders could receive a penalty of up to $200.
Local areas may have passes stricter ordinances while completely limit any type of cell phone usage while driving.
If you are a victim of an accident in which the other person was distracted – such as texting and driving – trust our specialists in car wrecks and Cowboy alum Michael Irvin, and contact Thompson Law as soon as you can. We offer obligation-free consultations during which time we will go through your claim details and explain all your legal options. Should you let us represent you, you will pay no fees unless we win your case. Call Thompson Law today!
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