In today’s world, nearly everyone has a smart phone. While the rise in popularity and availability of smart phones has connected the world like no other time in history, unfortunately it is not without its negative side effects. An obvious negative effect is that people can become glued to their devices and overly reliant. Whether it is using a Google Maps, texting a friend, or changing the music, it is easy to become distracted while driving. These distractions can lead to injury or death when you are behind the wheel and cause a car accident.
Although Austin has a ban on the use of hand held devices while driving, surprisingly Texas is one of 4 states that have not passed a statewide ban on texting and driving. The Department of Transportation reported that in 2013, alone, there were 3,154 deaths and another 424,000 injured drivers from motor vehicle accidents. During that same year an estimated 69% of drivers admitted to using their cell phones while driving.
One reason the risk is so great of texting and driving is that not only does it take your eyes off the road, your mind is no longer focused solely on driving, now you are taking some of your attention away from the road, where it needs to be. Please, do not text and drive. If you do so you may not only be subject to criminal penalties but you may also cause serious injury or death to another driver. If you have been injured by someone who was texting while driving or if you have a loved one who has died from a driver who was texting and driving, please contact Funk & Associates. Our skilled team of personal injury Attorneys can help.