Texting and driving is illegal in 47 states, including Texas. Sending, receiving, and responding to text messages while operating a vehicle is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. Simply put: if you are texting, you are not looking at the roadway and focusing on the primary task at hand of driving.
The consequences of texting and driving, for any amount of time and at any speed, can be severe. Taking your eyes off the road puts your life in danger and the lives of passengers, other motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists in jeopardy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction-affected crashes involving mobile phone use lead to at least 476 fatalities and an estimated 30,000 injuries in 2015.
Why Distracted Driving is so Dangerous
When examining the unique and dangerous effects of texting and driving, it is easy to understand why the majority of U.S. states have chosen to ban the practice outright. There are three main types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Taking part in one of the three types of distraction puts yourself and others in a great amount of danger.
Texting and driving involves each of the three types of distractions — taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel of the vehicle, and your mind off the task of driving. Manipulating a phone while driving is a horrible combination that results in many auto accidents, injuries, and deaths each year in America.
Other Forms of Distracted Driving
There are many other kinds of distracted driving that can lead to the same catastrophic accidents and resulting injuries as texting and driving.
- Changing the audio (radio, phone, or CD player)
- Eating and drinking
- Reading a map
- Speaking with other passengers
- Viewing a navigation system (dashboard GPS or on phone)
How Prevalent is Distracted Driving in the United States?
The following information regarding distracted driving is provided by NHTSA:
- 3,477 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015
- An estimated 391,000 people were injured in distraction-affected crashes
- Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all motor vehicle traffic crash deaths
- 551 non-occupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists, lost their lives in distraction-affected motor vehicle crashes
- Distraction-affected crashes accounted for 14 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the United States
Hit by Someone Texting and Driving?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle crash involving a driver that was texting while driving, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our firm has experience handling auto accidents caused by distracted drivers and a proven record of winning these types of cases for severely injured clients. We can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical costs and lost wages if an individual or a company driver caused your injury by partaking in such a reckless and dangerous activity. Call today for a free case review.