Distracted driving is a big problem on Texas roads. Cellphone usage, in particular, is a major cause of car accidents. There are laws in place meant to keep everyone safer on the roads, but drivers get overly confident and use their phones while behind the wheel.
What are the dangers of using a cellphone while driving?
As a result of state laws, drivers know they are not permitted to use their cellphones to read or compose text messages while behind the wheel. For some drivers, it’s illegal to even use a handheld cellphone for calls. Unfortunately, in spite of these clear laws, there are still many drivers on the road who use their phones. Even removing one’s eyes from the road for a few seconds can lead to devastating car accidents.
According to a research study done at Texas A&M University, more drivers glance at their phones while on roads with a shoulder or median or those with higher speed limits and more lanes. The research examines the behavior of drivers, giving transportation agencies better ideas on how to create measures for preventing car accidents due to distracted driving.
One interesting thing of note that the study uncovered was that shoulders, medians and merge lanes may actually encourage drivers to use their phones due to the belief that these things serve as safety buffers. However, there are still inherent dangers to using a cellphone while behind the wheel. As a result, accidents still happen and people can still suffer serious injuries.
Who can help you if you’re injured after an accident?
An attorney can help you if you have been injured in a car accident with a distracted driver. An attorney can help you prepare your personal injury claim so you can recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle damage, and other losses.