Distracted driving due to texting may be one of the main causes of rear-end collisions. If you consider the factors that make up a rear-end accident, it usually stems from someone not paying attention. Someone took their eyes off the road for what felt like just a second and — wham. They have hit the back of someone’s car.
The attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP are very familiar with rear-end car wrecks. As Houston lawyers who routinely assess cases of car wrecks, personal injury and a host of other accident types to piece together the entire picture.
Texas has a variety of laws concerning texting/cell phone and driving:
- There is a ban on all cell phones, including handheld and hands free, for bus drivers and novice drivers.
- There is a ban on all texting for novice drivers.
- There is a ban on texting for all bus drivers.
- There is a ban on using handheld phones and texting in school zones.
A rear-end crash caused by distracted driving doesn’t have to be a major problem; sometimes it can end with a simple call to the attorney and an insurance claim.
But sometimes distracted driving causes more than just a rear-end wreck. Texting and distracted driving seems to affect young people in particular, with the largest age group of distracted drivers who got into fatal accidents. According to Distraction.gov, 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident. Regarding drivers ages 15 to 19 years old who were in fatal crashes, 21 percent were distracted by cell phones.
When it comes to using cell phones while driving the answer is simple: don’t do it.
If you get into an accident, rear-end crash or otherwise, immediately contact an attorney.