If you’re paying more attention to your thumbs or your smartphone than to the road in front of you, you could be in for trouble – both from a legal standpoint and in the form of injury or death. Let us take a look at the important ways texting while driving in Austin can hurt you and the people around you.
Texting while driving can kill. Texting while driving engages your hands, eyes and brain in activities other than driving, so obviously, it has the power to cause devastating accidents. Texting has been shown to raise accident risk 20-fold. In 2017 alone, distracted driving accounted for 100,678 accidents and 444 deaths. Whether your texting causes your own death, another driver’s death, or the dead of a loved one in your vehicle, this surely has to count as the most nightmarish scenario imaginable.
Texting while driving can lead to ruinous financial liabilities. Those 100,768 accidents mentioned above also included 2,889 serious injuries. If you injure someone in an auto accident, and that person decides to take legal action against you, the fact that you were texting and driving could significantly sway the final decision in the plaintiff’s favor – leaving you liable to pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, and other financial hardships.
Texting while driving is illegal in Texas. Austin has maintained an ordinance against the manual use of mobile devices while driving since 2015. In 2017, Texas passed a statewide ban on texting while driving. So in addition to the risk of causing a costly and/or fatal accident, the mere act of texting while driving would already constitute a clear violation of state law, adding to your list of potential legal and financial woes.