A new study shows that states that banned texting while driving saw a 4 percent decrease in emergency room visits after motor vehicle accidents. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, examined emergency room data from 16 states between 2007 and 2014. In the U.S., 47 states, including Texas, have laws restricting texting while driving. Of the 16 states in the study, Arizona was the only one not to have a texting-while-driving law.
Texting-while-driving bans are either primary or secondary laws. With primary laws, drivers can be pulled over for texting regardless of whether another traffic violation took place. With secondary laws, drivers are punished for texting only after another violation, such as speeding, took place.
Some states impose texting-while-driving bans on all drivers, while other states only sanction new drivers. The study found that the states that had primary bans on all drivers saw an 8 percent reduction in crash-related injuries.
Texting and Driving Statistics
- In 2017, there were 537,475 motor vehicle crashes on Texas roadways. Of those, 100,687, or 19 percent, involved distracted driving, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The 100,687 crashes resulted in 444 deaths and 2,889 serious injuries.
- Each day in the United States, about nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives in 2017 alone, according to the NHTSA. Of those, 297 were teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19.
- When a driver sends a text message, they take their eyes off the road for approximately 5 seconds, which is long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.
Proving Fault in Distracted Driving Accidents
Proving that the driver who caused your accident was distracted at the time of the crash can be difficult. An experienced car accident attorney knows how to collect the evidence needed to hold those at fault accountable, such as:
- Cellphone records
- Smartphone browsing history
- Witness statements
- Expert witnesses
- Traffic camera footage
- Accident reconstruction specialists
Your lawyer will conduct an independent investigation to determine who should be held liable for your crash. In addition, your legal team will help you document the full extent of losses you have suffered in order to demand maximum compensation for your injuries.
Contact An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving car accident in Texas, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.
Douglas D. Ketterman is the originator and founder of Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund where he currently serves as President and Managing Shareholder. Douglas has extensive experience in handling all types of civil litigation. He graduated with honors from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1989 and has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1998 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.