Distracted Driving Caused Thousands of Accidents in Texas in 2013

by Guy L. Watts II on 02/21/2014

The Texas Department of Transportation has released the harrowing data: In 2013, distracted driving was cited as the cause of 94,455 accidents and 421 fatal crashes.  In 2012, 90,378 traffic accidents involved distracted driving resulting in 18,468 serious injuries and 453 deaths. That was an 8% increase over 2011.  This trend is troubling. 

Distracted driving can include texting, talking on cell phones, reading, or general inattention while operating a motor vehicle.  Per the Texas Department of Transportation, distracted driving causes one out of every four accidents.

Texas law prescribes the following in regards to cell phone use while driving:

  • Drivers with learners permits are not to use handheld cell phones for the first six months
  • Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use digital devices in any capacity while driving
  • School bus drivers are not allowed to use cell phones while children are on the bus
  • All drivers are prohibited from using cell phones in school zones 

Several counties in Texas have banned texting while driving entirely.  A complete list of those counties is available on the Texas Department of Transportation’s website.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Texas, and TxDOT will be launching their annual Talk. Text. Crash. campaign.  The campaign seeks to reach the age groups with the highest rates of distracted driving: 16-24, and individuals over 45.  

In order to make our streets safer, concentrate on driving while behind the wheel. Texting can wait.

If a distracted driver has injured you, you have a civil recourse to recoup your medical bills, automobile repair costs, and pain and suffering.  Call the attorneys at Watts Guerra LLP.  Our attorneys are well trained in handling automobile accident cases, and are diligent in providing the best outcome for our clients.

Tags: Automobile Accidents, Distracted Driving

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