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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Texting While Driving Becoming a National Epidemic

According to a recently published government survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 15,000 high school students across the nation were surveyed last year and the results found that an alarming 58% of high school seniors admitted to texting and emailing while driving their vehicle during the past month prior to the survey.

Furthermore, according to recent findings by the Texas Transportation Institute, texting while driving doubles a driver's reaction time and impairs the driver's ability to maintain proper lane position and constant speed.

In 2009, approximately 5500 people died and half a million were injured in automobile accidents in the U.S. involving a distracted driver, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Thirty-nine (39) states in the country have a full ban on texting while driving an automobile.   Texas is one of only 11 states without a state-wide ban on text messaging while driving a vehicle.  In Texas, drivers are prohibited from using hand held devices in school zones and anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from driving a vehicle and using a wireless device.  Some Texas cities have also passed local bans on texting while driving a vehicle including Arlington, San Antonio, and Austin.

Numerous studies and research has found that texting and emailing while driving a motor vehicle contributes to driver distraction.  Driver distraction contributes to and causes automobile accidents, resulting in serious personal injuries to other drivers and occupants of vehicles and, in the most unfortunate automobile accidents, the wrongful death of other drivers and passengers of motor vehicles. 

If you or your loved one needs a Corpus Christi, Tx automobile accident lawyer, call Sheadyn R. Rogers today at (361) 356-6057 for immediate help.

 

Source:  http://www.dallasnews.com/incoming/20120607-cdc-older-teens-often-text-while-behind-the-wheel.ece


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