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At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Whether you’re on the way to work or just running errands, a short drive could turn deadly if you’re in a car accident caused by a distracted driver.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) divides distracted driving into three categories: manual, visual, and cognitive. Manual distracted driving involves taking your hands off of the steering wheel, visual distracted driving involves taking your eyes off of the road, and cognitive distracted driving involves taking your mind off of the task of driving.
Texting while driving involves all three of these types of distracted driving. Drivers that text while driving take their eyes off the road for an average of five full seconds. This is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 mph while blindfolded.
While it is a common belief that teenagers are the drivers who text and drive the most often, a study conducted by the Pew Research Center found adults were more likely to text and drive. 47% of adults who own cell phones admit to texting and driving compared to only 34% of drivers aged 16-17.
Texting and driving causes thousands of car accidents each year. While some states and cities have enacted bans on cell phone use while driving, many of America’s roadways do not prohibit texting while driving. Regardless of distracted driving laws, it is illegal to not be in control of one’s vehicle at all times. When people text while driving, they put themselves, their passengers, and surrounding motorists at risk.
Every driver has a responsibility to drive safely. Any distractions, including texting while driving, are irresponsible and reckless. If a texting driver causes a car accident, they can be held responsible for their gross negligence.
If you or someone you love was injured in a Houston car accident caused by someone texting while driving, contact the distracted driving accident attorneys at Adame Garza LLP. We can evaluate your claim and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.