April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Do you know anyone who regularly uses their phone while behind the wheel or otherwise allows themselves to get distracted? Are you ever tempted to answer a text while driving?
We all know how dangerous distracted driving is. Not only do distracted drivers put themselves at risk of serious injury, everyone else around them on the road is in danger of getting caught in a terrible auto accident due to the driver’s recklessness.
Has Texas gotten the message? Not yet, according to the state Department of Transportation. Distracted driving was a factor in more than 95,600 car accidents on Texas roads in 2018 alone, the agency revealed to AAA of Texas.
Do as I say, not as I do
A survey that AAA also supplied is very revealing about Texans’ attitudes toward distracted driving. While 78 percent of respondents agreed that texting and driving is dangerous and nearly 58 percent knew that talking on a cellphone while driving is also a danger, nearly half – 49 percent – admitted to talking on the phone while driving. Nearly 35 percent said they have texted or emailed while driving.
No doubt this attitude of, “Nobody can drive while distracted safely except for me,” contributes to the fact that distracted driving remains such a huge problem. It could be some habitual distracted motorists excuse their behavior by claiming they only check their phone for a few seconds at a time. But experts say that your ability to focus on driving is affected for up to 27 seconds after you stop distracting yourself with something else – more than enough time to cause a violent wreck.
Talk to a Houston car accident attorney
Hopefully, you will not be one of the tens of thousands of Texans who will be hit by distracted drivers this year. But if you are, you could end up with serious injuries that will affect your for years, possibly the rest of your life. If you need help getting the most compensation possible for your damages, talk to a personal injury attorney about what happened and what happens next.