Drivers Know The Risk Of Using A Cell Phone While Driving But Do It Anyway
Cell phones are causing an increasing number of Houston car accidents. While some drivers choose to drive responsibly, others juggle multiple tasks while driving and put everyone at risk. According to a recent study, drivers are well aware of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, but half of all drivers choose to use one while driving anyway.
The State Farm Insurance Company conducted a study of drivers, their driving behaviors, and beliefs about safe driving. According to the study, 82% of drivers admitted they believe talking on a cell phone while driving increases the likelihood of a crash, but 50% of drivers admitted to doing so anyway. An astonishing 95% of drivers believe texting while driving also increased the risk of a car accident, but 35% of drivers admit to texting and driving regardless.
Taking Unnecessary Risks
Drivers take risks like using a cell phone while driving because they wrongly believe they can do so safely. Using a cell phone while driving is a completely unnecessary risk and drivers know better. When a driver causes an accident because of cell phone use, they need to be held responsible.
Texas Passes Texting While Driving Ban
Because many drivers refuse to drive safely by putting their cell phones down while driving, legislators in Texas have passed a texting while driving ban that will make it illegal to "read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped."
Drivers who violate this new law can be fined between $25 and $99 for the first offense. The new law will go into place on September 1, 2017, and will help protect all motorists on the roadways from accidents caused by distracted driving.
Houston Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
There is no excuse for texting and driving or any type of distractions while driving and beginning on September 1st, it will be illegal. If you were in a Houston distracted driving accident, contact the experienced lawyers at Blizzard & Nabers today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.