Distracted driving is a problem in Texas and across the country, leading to an increase in the number of serious collisions. Auto accidents related to distracted driving are particularly high in some Texas cities, including Dallas and Houston. Distraction is a primary factor in thousands of accidents every year, and despite people being fully aware of the risks, statistics indicate it is only getting worse.
Studies indicate that at least 60% of drivers use their phones in some capacity for at least part of their daily commute. Overall, Texas ranks fairly well in the average total amount of time drivers use their phones while driving, but specific cities rank poorly. In Dallas ad Houston, drivers are among the worst, with a high percentage of drivers using their phones while behind the wheel.
These numbers remain high despite anti-distraction campaigns and other measures. It seems like drivers have a difficult time disconnecting, even for the short amount of time they may be operating a vehicle. Many cell phones and certain apps now come with the ability to turn off notifications or disable them while a car is in motion, but the driver has to make the choice to turn these functions on.
Regardless of the distracted driving laws in place and the reason for picking up the phone while driving, each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. If a person suffers harm because of the negligent or irresponsible actions of another driver, that person has the right to seek legal recourse. Texas law allows victims of auto accidents to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim.