Polling data released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicate that 87% of drivers consider texting and emailing while driving to be a very serious safety threat. This number is nearly equivalent to the 90% of those individuals polled who considered drunk driving to be a threat.
It is true that mobile devices are now used by most of the general population of Americans; however thousands of injuries and deaths have been recorded every year which are directly related to mobile phone usage while driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recognized distracted driving as the leading cause of auto accidents throughout the United States, while texting and driving is considered to be distracted driving.
Unfortunately, we may not be able to do anything to prevent some individuals from texting while driving. However, at Arguello, Hope & Associates, our auto accident attorneys have the experience to help you or your loved one if you have been injured by a negligent driver. If you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident due to the negligent actions of another individual, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages.
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Hazards of Texting while Driving in Texas
Studies have found that texting and driving causes a distraction to a motorist which is equal to a driver operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol. It has been estimated by the National Traffic Safety Administration that nearly 5,000 traffic fatalities in the United States every year are caused by distracted driving. Furthermore, around 400,000 injuries occur each year due to drivers not paying attention to the roadway.
In Texas, mobile phone usage has been prohibited by law while driving in a school zone. This law is meant for bus drivers along with drivers in the intermediate stage for the first 12 months of obtaining their license. If an individual is caught texting while driving in a school zone, they will be fined $50.00.
Although texting and driving has been proved to be the cause of many accidents, drivers continue to perform this action each and every day. The United States Department of Transportation has stated how a distracted driver is affected and may include one or all of the following categories.
These categories include:
- Cognitively: A driver is not focused on the operation of their automobile
- Manually: A driver takes their hand off the steering wheel
- Visually: A driver takes their eyes off the road
While properly operating our motor vehicle, it is necessary to maintain all of these categories. This will help us to not only prevent us from causing an accident, but also avoid accidents as well. As, a driver traveling at 70 miles per hour covers the length of a football field in the blink of an eye, it is necessary to recognize the risks of texting while driving, and avoid doing it at all.
Injuries Caused By Texting and Driving
In order to emphasis the dangers of texting and driving, our attorneys have gathered some common types of injuries which are generally caused by texting and driving. These injuries are typically more severe due to individuals neglecting to pay attention to the road, therefore not reacting in time to avoid an accident.
Some texting and driving injuries include:
- Airbag Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Internal Injuries
- Psychological Injuries
- Seatbelt Injuries
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrist Injuries
- Wrongful Death
If you have been injured in an auto accident, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately. This medical attention will not only assure all your injuries have been taken care of, but the medical documents can also be used by our attorneys to develop a case against the negligent individuals.
Contact Our Houston Auto Accident Lawyers Today
At Arguello, Hope & Associates, our team of attorneys understands the hardships that injured victims may face following an accident, and will seek to obtain the maximum compensation benefits for your injuries and damages. Not to mention, our attorneys all operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not charge you for any of our services unless we obtain a winning settlement or verdict.
Being based in Houston, our attorneys are licensed to serve throughout the city and across the entire state of Texas and beyond.
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If you would like to learn more about how we can help you during your time of need, we welcome you to contact us at 1-888-CLAIM-68 (1-888-252-4668) today, where a member of our staff will answer your phone call and quickly connect you with one of our compassionate lawyers ready to handle your case.
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