Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law
It’s 9 a.m. and you’re driving southbound on I-45, when suddenly the 18-wheeler next to you drifts into your lane and strikes the front of your car. You’re slammed headfirst into the median. Your airbags burst in your face and chest, and your body feels like you are on fire. This happens almost daily on Texas highways. The cause–not drinking and driving–but texting and driving. It’s the new DWI.
According to the National Safety Council,
- At any daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady every year.
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended multi-message text conversations while driving.
- Cell phone use involves some or all of these types of driving distractions:
- Visual distraction – the driver’s eyes are off the road to text, dial or view a message, contact or number;
- Manual distraction – the driver’s hands are off the wheel to text, dial or answer a call; and
- Cognitive distraction – the driver’s mind is off the act of driving when interacting with the cell phone or caller.
For years now, drivers who have hit another vehicle have thought they could get away with hiding their cell phone under their seat and deny that they were using their phone when the accident occurred. That is not the case today. My law firm routinely accesses driver’s cell phone records, which can ultimately prove the innocence of our clients who have been seriously injured.
Simply put, at Puls Haney, we take texting and driving seriously.