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Distracted Driving

Now more than ever, we trying to multi-task to be able to get the most out of our time. Unfortunately, this desire to make the most out of our time often makes itself felt on our public roadways through distracted driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1 in 5 accidents is the result of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is anything activity that takes our attention away from driving. The most common distractions we see are:

• Eating
• Texting
• Miscellaneous phone use
• Talking to others in the vehicle

Consequences

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting is one of the most dangerous distractions because it can take your eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds. Consequentially, we’ve seen this distraction have fatal consequences as distracted driving was responsible for 3,166 deaths in 2017.

The Law

In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed a statewide ban on using a wireless communications device for electronic messaging while operating a motor vehicle. Texting, as well as reading or writing email, is prohibited while driving in Texas.

Call The Best Houston Car Accident Lawyer You Can Find

If you or a loved one were victims of a car accident because of a distracted driver, you need to contact an attorney immediately. The negligent driver may be responsible for your medical bills and other expenses. Contact our office today for a free consultation.

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