New Law Not Working
The number of injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving in Texas keeps increasing every year.
It’s the new normal. We take it for granted. But this is a serious mistake we are making.
We at Berenson Injury Law were hopeful when Texas finally became one of the last states to adopt an anti-texting while driving law last year. But unfortunately that hasn’t stopped — or even slowed — this deadly problem on our roads.
The Texas Department of Transportation reported a shocking increase of 20% of distracted driving crashes last year.
Those collisions were responsible for at least 450 of the more than 3,721 people who sadly perished on our roads.
And there’s good reason to believe that this number is far higher, as it is often impossible to know exactly what caused a car crash.
Even before the new state-wide texting while driving law was finally passed, this was such a vital issue to public safety that 100 cities had already enacted statutes to prevent their residents.
It’s also made drivers far less likely to admit they were texting before the accident. They know it’s illegal and no one wants to take the blame for an accident; especially if they are responsible for another person’s serious injuries or death.
There’s also the issue of single driver accidents. A car might run off the road because of a deer . . . or be distracted by an incoming text. If there aren’t any witnesses, it’s often a matter of taking the driver’s word about what happened.
If the accident ends in a fatality, law enforcement officers never know what caused the wreck, so the numbers are artificially lowered and we are not as afraid to text as we blissfully drive on roads at 65 or more miles per hour.
We talk about this alarming topic a lot on our site because this is a problem that needs to stop.