Distracted driving is an extremely common occurrence and a leading cause of auto accidents in Texas. Most drivers are guilty of it. Things such as sending a quick text message, dialing a phone number, or reaching over to grab something while being behind the wheel. Regardless of how trivial it may seem in the moment, anything that takes your attention away from looking at the road ahead is a distraction that could lead to devastating, sometimes even fatal, consequences in a blink of an eye.
Hundreds of thousands of people are injured each year in car accidents involving distracted drivers. In fact, every day about 8 people in the U.S. are killed in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver (CDC). Distracted driving is a preventable occurrence and awareness of this issue can help reduce the number of car accidents. It is important for drivers everywhere to recognize how dangerous distracted driving can be.
Facts About Distracted Driving
Driver distraction is responsible for more than half of car accidents involving teenagers
Drivers are considered as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive under the influence of alcohol
Sending or reading a text message will take your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover the length of a football field while driving at 55mph