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Have distracted driving laws helped stop crashes?

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2019 | Distracted Drivinng

Most people agree that texting or using a mobile phone while driving a car can be dangerous. Lawmakers across the country have passed laws forbidding the use of a cellphone to varying degrees while behind the wheel. Texas passed such legislation just a couple of years ago. However, experts are unsure as to how much these laws may be helping to stop distracted driving.

The law the Texas legislature passed back in 2017 forbids drivers from texting while driving unless the car is completely stopped. It does allow using a mobile phone for other purposes, namely GPS or music apps. Prior to the passage of the law, an overwhelming majority of Texans agreed that texting while driving was dangerous, with 91% opposed to the practice. The bad news is that these laws may not be making enough of an impact.

A recent study shows that there has been only a 5% decline in crashes attributed to distracted driving. Statistics also reveal that around half of all drivers say that they are texting just as much as they used to, if not more so. Just a third of drivers in Texas report that they’ve reduced how often they text while driving. Researchers say that a driver’s awareness of the new legislation seemed to correlate with drivers who were less likely to engage in texting while driving. Officials hope that eventually, texting behind the wheel will be as taboo as driving while intoxicated.

Those who make the choice to text and drive may be putting other motorists at significant risk of an accident. Distracted driving may not seem like such a big deal, but anyone who has been the victim of a crash caused by a careless driver knows just how serious the problem can be. Those who have been hurt in this kind of accident may want to consult with a personal injury attorney here in Texas who can advise them of the best methods to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.


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