Distracted driving has become a serious problem on Texas’ roads. With the advances in technology in both phones and cars, there are a growing number of ways to become distracted while driving. This poses a danger not only to the driver but also to others on the road as well.
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 3,000 people were killed in crashes that involved distracted drivers in 2010, the last year for which statistics are available. In addition to that, over 400,000 people were injured in crashes that involved distracted drivers. Eighteen percent of all crashes that year involving an injury were caused by distracted driving.
The Federal Response
A recently enacted federal law prohibits commercial vehicle operators from using handheld cell phones while driving. The penalties for a violation include a $2,750 fine and a potential loss of their commercial license if there are multiple violations. Trucking companies also face penalties if their drivers are caught using a handheld cell phone while driving.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information, contact a personal injury attorney today.
Source: USA Today, “Companies Weigh Risks of Distracted Driving,” Larry Copeland.