Injured in a Houston Distracted Driving Accident?
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According to TXDOT
Distracted driving continues to be a problem in Texas and takes many forms. In 2020, nearly one in five crashes on Texas roads were caused by a distracted driver in which 367 people died and 2,205 were seriously injured. TxDOT’s annual Talk. Text. Crash. campaign is a crucial call-to-action encouraging drivers to keep their heads up and pay attention when behind the wheel.
All distractions – whether texting, eating, grooming or having a conversation – can be dangerous. Every driver and every passenger, regardless of age, can be impacted by distracted driving.
Since Sept. 1, 2017, it has been illegal to read, write or send a text while driving in Texas. Violators can face a fine of up to $200.
What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distractions can include anything from texting and talking on a mobile phone to eating and drinking, putting on makeup, shaving, reading, programming a navigation system, watching a video and even adjusting the radio.
What if I need to text or call someone immediately?
Research shows that regardless of whether you use a voice-to-text program, hands-free device or a handheld one, the distraction will affect your driving. TxDOT offers these tips to prevent distracted driving that can lead to a ticket, or worse, a crash:
- Always give driving your full attention
- Pull off the road entirely and come to a complete stop before you talk or text
- Put your phone away, turn it off, or use an app or your phone settings to block texts and calls and/or send auto reply texts while you are driving
- Tell friends, family and coworkers you won’t respond to calls or texts when you are behind the wheel
- Remember that all distractions are dangerous, so pay full attention when behind the wheel