It’s 2015 and more people have access to smart phones than ever before. By the end of this year, statistics show that cell phone usage worldwide will push passed the 2 billion mark, with 83% of cell phone users being able to access the internet right from their mobile. As messaging apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger continue to grow in popularity, it also means more people will almost certainly be using and texting, even while driving. As more and more people get their hands on smart phones, you certainly have to believe more and more people will find themselves distracted behind the wheel and involved in more car accidents than ever before.
Why should this matter to you?
According to studies, statistics reveal that those who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident. In 2010, 416,000 people were injured and over 3000 people were killed in accidents resulting in distracted drivers. These numbers reveal that texting while driving is a serious epidemic not only in South Texas, but all across the country.
Does Texas have a statewide ban on text messaging while driving?
As of 2015, 39 States including Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. have issued a statewide ban on texting while driving. Unfortunately, Texas is one of the 11 states that hasn’t. Some Rio Grande Valley cities have taken the issue into their own hands, such as McAllen and Mission. However, with Texas congress still split on how to deal with texting while driving, it could be sometime before drivers are assured that this dangerous practice becomes illegal across the state.
I was Involved in a car accident with someone who was texting and driving. What should I do?
Call The Moore Law Firm at 956-631-0745. Our experienced attorneys have been holding drivers responsible for their negligence in Rio Grande Valley and throughout South Texas for over 10 years. Distracted drivers are a danger to all of us and car accidents can result in serious injuries including brain injuries, paralysis, and even death.
If you’ve been a victim or involved in an accident due to someone texting and driving, step into our offices in McAllen, Brownsville, Laredo, or Houston or call the highly skilled personal injury litigators of The Moore Law Firm at 956-631-0745 today.