Distracted drivers include people who are driving while using cell phones, text messaging, putting on make-up, shaving, fiddling with GPS devices, or changing panel knobs on the dash of their vehicles. Serious death and bodily harm statistics are staggering with the increased use of devices while driving. If you have been the victim of a distracted driver, contact Shefman Law immediately.
If you think a driver was utilizing a cell phone or text messaging, inform all law enforcement and emergency personnel on scene of the distracted driver’s actions. Contact an attorney knowledgeable about distracted drivers and the effect they are having on the safe operation of roadways. Shefman Law aka Cyclistlaw is experienced and knowledgeable in dealing with distracted driver issues. Contact us today.
Recent laws have been created to provide penalties specific to distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide that in 2009, 5474 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. Over 445,000 more people were injured.
According to studies by Carnegie Mellon, talking on a cell phone while driving decreases brain activity associated with driving by 37%. Many studies suggest that use of a hands free device does not substantially lower the distraction of using a cell phone while trying to safely maneuver a vehicle.
•16% of fatal crashes involved reported distracted driving.
•20% of injury crashes involved distracted driving.
•16% of the deaths caused by teen drivers were the result of distracted driving.
•Texting increases the risk of collision by 23 times that of driving while not distracted.
Texas does not prevent the average driver from texting and driving or talking on their cell phone. The person who was not paying attention to the road because s/he was focused on their device and injured another as a result should be considered negligent.