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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It’s no secret that distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly epidemic in the United States. We hear about injury causing and fatal distracted driving crashes on an almost daily basis. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and public safety agencies in Texas and across the nation are doing everything they can to get the word out. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kicked off their high visibility enforcement campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” which is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers and costs associated with distracted driving crashes.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay

The NHTSA has utilized television, radio and social media advertising campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. They’ve spent approximately $5 million in national advertising. The costs associated with distracted driving crashes are astronomical too. From medical bills to lost wages and property damage, distracted driving isn’t cheap. Drivers are reminded to put the phones down before they get behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving by The Numbers

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • An estimated 431,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014.
  • As of December 2014, 169.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. every month.
  • At any given daylight moment in the U.S., approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices behind the wheel.

Injury Causing and Fatal Distracted Driving Crashes

A heartbreaking article out of the Star-Telegram recently reported on a California teen who died in a distracted-driving crash almost one year to the day after she walked away from a very serious crash involving distracted driving. Texting is a triple threat behind the wheel. It’s what is considered a manual, cognitive and visual distraction. It takes your thoughts, eyes and hands off the task of driving. The NHTSA wants to remind motorists that if they’re texting, they’re not driving. This isn’t something you can safely multi-task with. You’re either doing one or the other. The phone call or text can wait, and you could save a life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a distracted driver in Wichita Falls or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Doughnut Distraction Crash in OKC

Earlier this week, a man in Oklahoma City crashed into a truck in an apparent doughnut-distraction related incident. According to KFOR News Channel Four, the collision happened overnight in Oklahoma City just as a man was pulling out of the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot near northwest 39th and Meridian. As he was pulling into the intersection, he reportedly dropped his doughnut. Distracted and in an attempt to recover the doughnut, the driver somehow crashed into a box truck.

Driver Distracted by Doughnut

The truck was hit so forcefully that it overturned and came to rest on its side. Both drivers and a passenger were injured in this crash. Thankfully, none of the injuries were initially reported to be life threatening. There has been no word on whether or not the doughnut-distracted driver has been cited in this case, or if the investigation is ongoing.

Different Forms of Distracted Driving

Although we hear about it a lot, texting isn’t the only form of distracted driving. Sure, texting, checking Facebook and reading emails are all very dangerous forms of distracted driving. There are a variety of other types of behaviors that can be considered distractions behind the wheel. In fact, eating, manipulating the radio, messing with your GPS navigation machine and putting on makeup are all considered distractions when performed behind the wheel. If your attention is on anything besides the task of driving, you’re distracted. Daydreaming is even a form of distracted driving. When you’re behind the wheel, you need to focus 100 percent of your attention to the road and to the task of driving.

Three Types of Distracted Driving

  1. Manual
  2. Cognitive
  3. Visual

The Types of Distracted Driving

There are three basic types of distracted driving. First, there are visual distractions. These involve any task that takes your eyes off of the road. Second, there are manual distractions, which involve taking your hands off of the wheel. Finally, there are cognitive distractions, which take your mind off of the task of driving. It’s important to note that many distracted driving behaviors can fall into more than one of these categories. For example, texting is a manual, visual and cognitive distraction.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in Wichita Falls, Lawton or any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.

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You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently participating in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During the entire month of April, they will be publicizing the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” safety campaign that raises awareness about the dangers and costs associated with texing while driving. Public service announcements in English and Spanish will on television, radio and web platforms.

Distracted Driving by The Numbers

  • In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • An estimated 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
  • At any given daylight moment in 2012, an estimated 660,000 drivers were manipulating cell phones behind the wheel.
  • Drivers in their 20’s make up nearly a third of all distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit having had extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

If You’re Texting, You’re Not Driving

Texting and driving don’t mix. You’re either doing one or the other, and if you’re texting, you’re definitely not driving. Texting is a visual, manual and cognitive distraction behind the wheel. The NHTSA reports that engaging in visual-manual subtasks behind the wheel (like texting or using a cell phone) increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times. Drivers take their eyes off of the road for an average of five seconds while texting. If you’re going 55 miles per hour, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field completely blindfolded.

Distracted Driving Ban in Texas

At the end of March, the Texas House tentatively approved a statewide Texting While Driving Ban. House Bill 80 (HB 80) would make texting behind the wheel a misdemeanor, punishable with a $99 fine for the first offense and a $200 fine for subsequent offenses. Pending a final approval from the House, the bill will go to the Senate. Texas may become the 45th State to enact a statewide ban on texting while driving.

After a Distracted Driving Accident

Texting or engaging in other distracted behaviors behind the wheel puts everybody on Texas roadways at great risk. Although there isn’t a statewide texting ban yet, distracted drivers can still be held accountable for crashes they cause.

If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

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Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
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Resolve automobile property damage claims.
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Potential Texting While Driving Ban in Texas

Families from across the state gathered in Austin on Tuesday to raise awareness about the twin bills that could ban texting while driving in Texas. According to a Texas Tribune article reported on by KFDX News Channel Three, over 30 families showed up at the Capitol to meet with lawmakers about the proposed bills.

Banning Texting While Driving

Concerned citizens met with state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and other lawmakers to talk about House Bill 80 and Senate Bill 25, both of which would enact a ban on texting while driving. The House bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor in Texas, with an initial fine of $99 for first-time offenders. This isn’t the first time such legislation has been proposed though. Similar bills have been shot down by former Governor Rick Perry and others, who touted them as nanny-state micromanagement of adult behaviors.

Texting While Driving Bans Across the Country

At this time, 13 states prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cellular phones, and 37 states have an outright ban on phone use for teens or new drivers. Additionally, 44 states have a statewide ban on texting while driving, leaving Texas as one of the few remaining holdouts.

Distracted Driving Crashes in Texas

  • In 2013, there were over 94,000 distracted-driving related crashes in Texas.
  • Those crashes resulted in over 18,000 serious injuries and 459 preventable deaths.
  • According to the NHTSA, over nine people are killed each day in distracted-driving related crashes.

Distracted Driving Crashes Widely Underreported

Although these numbers may be staggering, they’re thought to be widely underreported. Distracted-driving as a factor in crashes is still something we’re working on detecting. It’s not like there is a breathalyzer test for distracted driving. Sometimes, it takes additional investigative efforts to determine if distracted driving was a factor in a fatal or injury-causing crash.

After a Distracted Driving Accident

It still remains to be seen if and when Texas will get a statewide texting while driving ban. Although it isn’t illegal at this time, texting while driving is still an incredibly dangerous behavior. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, or if you suspect distracted driving could have been a factor in your crash, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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