Media contact: Joshua Weaver, 254-366-9817. October 18, 2017 In 2013, a nursing home employee was sent home from work near Temple, TX for being too…
Category: Distracted Driving Accidents
Once again, the Texas Legislature reached its annual recess without passing a bill that would ban texting while driving throughout the state, preserving Texas’s status as one of only six states that do not have such a law. This means that for another year, Texas cities seeking to ban texting while driving within their limits will have to enforce their own laws locally – and do so while struggling to gather evidence that the bans do in fact reduce accidents.
Every day, thousands of Texas drivers allow themselves to become distracted behind the wheel. For many of these drivers, distractions come and go without causing an accident, misleading the driver into believing that distracted driving is no big deal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, distracted driving is a bigger problem in the United States than most drivers realize. On average, nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured due to distracted drivers each day.
Distracted driving has become a major issue across the United States as drivers continue to give in to the impulse to pick up their cell phone while behind the wheel to send a text or make a phone call.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken a new tack to stop distracted driving by targeting brand new drivers. Not only is the hope to instill safe driving practices from early on, but to also protect the one demographic most at risk of becoming involved in a traffic accident.
Research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that teenagers are at least three times more likely to be involved in a serious injury accident or fatal car crash during the first six months of driving alone.