The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) wants to reduce the number of distracted driving collisions by stepping up its do not text and drive campaign. Dubbed “Talk, Text, Crash,” the newest campaign in a series of attempts to stop distracted driving is being promoted in all major Texas cities, including Austin and Houston.
The thrust of this campaign is to encourage people to wait until they have reached their destination before using their smartphones to communicate with friends, family or the office. Texting or talking while driving is a distraction, and distracted driving kills.
According to the TxDot, one in five collisions result from texting, talking and other distractions. Driving is not something people can do with just one eye on the road and without keeping both hands on the wheel. It is an activity that demands a driver’s full attention. Anything else may end up being fatal.
While many do not see that driving while distracted is an issue, statistics tell a completely different story. Figures for Texas show there were over 100,000 distracted driving collisions in 2014 as a result of activities such as: watching videos on a mobile device, talking on a cell phone, programming a navigation system, texting, checking Twitter, posting a selfie and updating a Facebook status.
As for the entire nation, a study done by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that at least nine percent of all fatal collisions and 18 percent of all injury accidents in 2010 were a result of distracted driving.
Victims of a distracted driver have the option to connect with an experienced auto injury lawyer to represent them in obtaining compensation for any injuries sustained in an accident.