According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five motor vehicle accidents involves a distracted driver. Distracted driving is a growing problem in Texas, largely due to people using cellphones behind the wheel. While cellphone use while driving is a major cause of driver distraction, it is not the only cause.
April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Are You Safe?
We see people engaging in distracted driving on the road every day, and at this point, we’re almost numb to it. Fortunately, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, giving us the opportunity to acknowledge the distracted driving behaviors we have all exhibited at one time or another.
Using Smartphones Smartly
The smartphone may be the greatest and most terrifying invention of the century. We, as a society, have come to depend on our electronic gadgets and gizmos to remind us of everything from birthdays to business meetings, and of course, to keep up our social connections.
Don’t Click and Drive
We live in an age of instant gratification. We are all accustomed to getting “likes” the minute we post or share something on social media, to finding gas stations without having to open a phone book, and using our smartphones to help us collect memories. Sometimes, we want to do that while we are driving.
Distracted Driving in Texas Summertime
Summertime. You might think of lemonade stands, kids riding skateboards, summer camp, or even summer jobs for teens. But the reality is that summertime is one of the most deadly seasons for new drivers, and a shocking number of accidents are caused by distracted driving.
Distracted Human Driver Causes Google Self-Driving Car’s First Injury Accident
Since Google’s self-driving cars began traveling on public streets in California, Michigan, and other states six years ago, the company has reported fourteen car accidents, including one that injured three passengers in the self-driving car and one in another vehicle. The one thing all fourteen accidents had in common? Every one of them was caused by a distracted human driver …
Studies Find Distracted Drivers Also Impede Emergency Vehicles
Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), dating back to at least 2008, have consistently shown the dangers posed by distracted driving. Drivers who are busy texting, making phone calls, eating, or performing other tasks behind the wheel are more likely to cause serious injuries to other motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians. Now, studies are showing that distracted drivers …
Five Things to Know About Distracted Driving
Distracted driving causes thousands of car wrecks in Texas and nationwide each year, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and experienced Texas car accident lawyers are determined to inform the public and reduce risks. The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Cell …
April Is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving kills. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), cell phone use was involved in 350 fatal crashes nationwide in 2011, and contributed to thousands of crashes in which individuals were injured, some of them seriously. Texas reported the second-highest number of cell-phone-related deaths in 2011, with 38 deaths in the state. And cell phones are only part of …
Do Heads-Up Displays Make Smartphone Use in Cars Safer?
Experienced Texas car accident attorneys have long known that smartphone use in cars is a leading cause of distracted driving accidents, often resulting in death and serious injury to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Most U.S. states have responded to these risks by limiting smartphone use in cars, and both tech companies and auto manufacturers have tried to find ways to …
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