People in Texas getting behind the wheel may be highly concerned about the dangers posed by distracted drivers who are engaged in texting while driving or other app usage. This kind of distracted driving is known as a major threat to roadway safety and a contributor to many serious car accidents. Many researchers attribute an ongoing upswing in the number of fatal collisions to the widespread popularity of smartphone usage.
Phones aren't the only cause of distraction behind the wheel; even built-in systems like navigation and entertainment modules can take a driver's attention away from the road. While drivers recognize the danger posed by texting and driving, many people still do it. A survey conducted by Consumer Reports showed that more than half of all licensed U.S. drivers who have smartphones sometimes text, email, manage music playing or browse the web while driving or operating a vehicle.
There are some solutions being promoted by software companies and smartphone manufacturers, including the use of a special car mode that blocks notifications. These solutions can also allow drivers to turn on auto-replies and inform people sending messages that the recipient unavailable; such software options are available for both Android and iOS devices. Other recommendations include placing the phone out of the driver's sight line in a location where it cannot be reached from behind the wheel. These solutions come alongside a legal crackdown taking place in a number of states: Texting while driving can carry a major fine and even points on one's license.
Despite technological advances, distracted and other forms of dangerous driving remain a major threat to others on the roadways. People who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by another's careless driving may work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other damages suffered as a result.