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Fourth try's the charm

Texas legislature will make a fourth attempt to ban texting while driving. Texas has an unsuccessful past with this law, but legislature hopes that the fourth time will be the charm. Texas in 2015 alone had more than 100,000 crashes, 482 deaths and 3,100 injuries as a result of distracted driving.

Many drivers think that they can successfully multitask, but the reality is that they can't. Every time you look at your phone or respond to a message while driving you put yourself and others at a high risk for an accident.

The dangers of texting and driving

We all know and hear that texting while driving is dangerous, but why? What is so bad about it?

There are three main forms of distractions:

  • Visual: anything that takes the driver's eyes off the road
  • Manual: anything that takes the driver's hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: anything that takes the driver's mind away from driving

Most distractions fit into either one or two of these categories, but texting fits into all three. When sending or reading a text, you are no longer focused on any aspect of driving. Your eyes are reading the screen and not on the road. You hand(s) are off of the wheel holding or typing on the phone. Lastly, your mind is thinking about this text and not thinking about driving.

Currently, about 95 counties in the state have placed a ban on texting while driving. However, Texas is one of four states that do not have a ban on texting while driving. There is a strong push for this ban to go through and become a statewide law, but little progress has been made.

Other common distractions

There are many drivers who do not text and drive, but there are other distractions that can cause an accident. Some of the more common distractions are:

  • Putting on make-up or grooming
  • Eating or drinking
  • Searching for a fallen object
  • Daydreaming or falling asleep

Our focus should always be on the road, but sometimes we find ourselves falling victim to one of life's many distractions. It is important to understand that as drivers it is our responsibility to keep the roads safe and to prevent an accident to the best of our ability. Failure to do so can cause serious harm.

If a distracted driver injured you or a loved one, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the driver who hit you. Negligent driving is a serious offense and is not taken lightly. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the process of receiving a settlement or through litigation. A Lawyer can also address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the accident.

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