92% Of Americans Know Distracted Driving Is A Top Cause Of Accidents
If you knew something would increase your risk of injury, would you do it? According to a new poll, for most Americans the answer is “yes.” A survey including 2,000 Americans found 92% believed distracted driving is a top cause of car accidents. This is hardly surprising considering the dangers of distracted driving are obvious, but what is surprising is how many people do it anyway.
Driving is a task that requires complete focus. Drivers need to be cognitively alert to see changing road conditions and make corrective actions. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second is the equivalent of driving blind. Using a cell phone while driving is even more dangerous because it also causes drivers to take their hands off the wheel and their minds off the task of driving.
So how often do people use a cell phone while driving? Well, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at any given daylight moment an estimated 660,000 Americans are using a cell phone or other mobile device while driving. This is particularly frightening considering taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds increases your likelihood of a car accident by 20%, according to the NHTSA.
Houston Texting And Driving Ban
Houston finally has a texting and driving ban in place, and drivers can be fined up to $200 for violations. Unfortunately, this ban only covers some types of cell phone use, and thus only some of the potential distractions. Hopefully, the ban will help encourage drivers to stop dangerous driving behavior, but the reality is many reckless drivers are putting other Houstonians at risk. Regardless of the texting and driving ban, all drivers are required to be in control of their vehicles at all times. Drivers who recklessly endanger the lives of other motorists can face serious consequences.
Getting Help After A Houston Car Accident
Every day, many Houstonians make the commitment to drive safely for themselves, their passengers, and for others on the roadways. Unfortunately, safe drivers can’t protect themselves from all dangers. If you were hurt in a car accident by a reckless driver, you probably have a lot questions. At Blizzard & Nabers LLP, our Houston car accident attorneys work closely with clients to help them understand their options and the process of filing a lawsuit. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.