Distracted Driving Auto Accidents

Written by greg on April 2, 2012

I believe that distracted driving has been a problem since the advent of the automobile. Radios and eating, makeup touchups and plain old ennui have always competed with drivers for their attention – luring their mind and their eyes from the ‘business at hand’. However, the phenomenon of distracted driving has reached a heretofore unexpected level that has moved the act of driving from ‘distracted’ to ‘destructive’. Some experts suggest that distracted driving is more dangerous and accidents occur with the same frequency as drunk driving.

There’s no other way to say it – that’s frightening – if only for the fact that there are more distractions being made available to the driver than ever before. Facebook, internet, video, a thousand listening choices, texting and carrying on phone conversations have turn our vehicles into traveling centers of entertainment of extensions of our office.

There are a number of organizations that have taken it upon themselves to aggressively combat distracted driving. What follows is a list of some of the groups that have taken up the cause. Feel free to contact them for further information about how you can help or what you can do yourself to keep your family safe on the roads.

U.S. Department of Transportation (and your state’s Department of Transportation)

Texting Organization Against Distracted Driving, Inc.

National Organization for Youth Safety

If you have a new teen driver, practice safe driving by refusing to use your cell phone while driving and communicate hard and fast rules for your teen to follow along with the consequences for not following the rules.  I am sorry to say that Texas had a chance to make our roads safer with a bill that passed but we could not get the bill signed into law.

Greg Baumgartner is an accident lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, a personal injury law firm in Houston dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free, no-obligation consultation with a skilled attorney -call the Baumgartner law firm at 281-587-1111.

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