Distracted Driving Remains a Serious Problem
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.
Michael S Callahan is an attorney and founder of The Callahan Law Firm. He focuses his practice on representing individuals and families in personal injury cases involving motor vehicle and truck accidents, workplace accidents and defective products. With over 25 years of experience, he is dedicated to fighting on behalf of people whose lives have been forever altered by the negligence and carelessness of corporations and individuals. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Michael has been practicing law and fighting for justice for those who need it most since 1994. He is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of various esteemed legal associations. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending quality time with his family, outdoor activities, and continually striving to improve as a trial lawyer and human being.