Everybody understands the distracted driving is incredibly dangerous. However, of particular concern in the Dallas area are drivers who regularly text while behind the wheel. The team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC is ready to help if you or a loved one have been injured because of a car crash involving another driver texting. Our Dallas texting and driving accident attorneys will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
There are many forms of distracted driving. However, texting and driving is perhaps one of the most dangerous things a person can do behind the wheel. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes distracted driving in three ways:
When you look at those three definitions of distracted driving, you can see that texting and driving fit all three of them. Looking at or sending a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road. Tapping the buttons on a phone screen takes a driver’s hands off the wheel. Thinking about what they are going to write or understanding the message they just received takes a driver’s mind off of driving.
According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 250,000 traffic crash injuries and 3,639 traffic fatalities during the latest reporting year across the state. When we look more closely at the statistics provided by the Texas DOT, we can see that more than 4,300 total crashes were the result of a driver using a mobile device. These incidents resulted in dozens of fatalities and thousands of injuries.
The saddest part of these incidents is that they do not have to occur at all. Drivers know that texting and driving are dangerous, yet far too many people are in the mindset of “It won’t happen to me.”
It will happen. Studies show that taking your eyes off the roadway for just five seconds while driving at 55 mph will result in an entire football field of distance being driven. Is a text worth the risk?
If you or somebody you care about has been injured by a driver who was texting at the time of an accident, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC will diligently work to investigate your case in order to secure the compensation you need, which can include: