It’s safe to say we’ve all been there: you hear your phone alert you of a text while you’re driving. You think it’s fine to answer since traffic is a bit slow or you’re on a back road, so you take your eyes off of the road and hands away from the wheel and look at your phone. You may even text a reply. Doing so, however, puts you in danger, and in trouble with the law.
Distracted Driving Ends Lives
Using your phone while driving is never a good idea. In addition to creating physical distractions, cell phone use while driving also causes cognitive, or mental, distractions. In fact, new research suggests that drivers stay distracted for up to 27 seconds after they are finished using their phones. A motorist traveling at 25 mph can cover the distance of three football fields during that time.
Distracted driving may also be the reason for the spike in traffic deaths during the first half of 2015. Deadly accidents increased by 8.1 percent over the first six months of 2015, after a historically low 2014 in which 32,675 motorists and passengers died in vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is one of the reasons for the rise in traffic fatalities.
Penalties for Texting and Driving in Austin
If a police officer spots you texting or otherwise using your phone while driving, you can expect to receive a fine ranging from $200 to $500. You can expect far worse, however, if you cause an accident because of distracted driving. In addition to facing jail time, you could also end someone’s life.
If you were the victim of a distracted driving accident, you have legal rights, and the attorneys of Wayne Wright want to protect them. Contact our offices today by calling 800.237.3334 and find out how we can help.