We’ve discussed in previous blogs about how distracted and even drowsy driving can be dangerous on roadways. By taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds, you’re putting yourself and other drivers at an increased risk of getting into a potentially deadly motor vehicle accident. Because of this, Texas lawmakers are pushing for more legislation that would require drivers to go hands free with their mobile devices when they get behind the wheel.
South Texas lawmaker, Judith Zaffirini recently proposed a new bill requiring everyone to use cell phones hands free when driving. The bill would require all cell phone use while driving to be done via speaker phone, voice-operated technology, push-to-talk, or something similar. The only exception where drivers would be allowed to utilize their hands would be in order to activate or deactivate their hands free features.
Though some states have already put similar laws in place, texting while driving has specifically been outlawed in Texas since 2017. Additionally, several cities within the Lone Star State have put additional cell phone ordinances into effect as well. If Zaffirini’s bill passes, it would be enacted in September and ultimately override all current local ordinances that have already been put in place.
Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous
Whether you’re running errands or just enjoying a Sunday drive, getting behind the wheel can be extremely dangerous if you come in contact with a distracted driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed while another 391,000 more were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) divides distracted driving into three categories: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off the task of driving).
Types of distractions while driving include:
- Using a cell phone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Personal grooming
- Using a GPS
- Adjusting the radio
Lubbock Distracted Driving Attorneys
The experienced personal injury trial attorneys at Liggett Law Group know how a car accident can affect your life physically, financially, and emotionally. If you or someone you love was injured in a Lubbock car accident caused by a distracted driver, Liggett Law Group can explain your legal rights. Call us today for a free consultation.