The National Safety Council (NSC) predicts nearly 440 people will be killed in traffic accidents this upcoming Labor Day weekend, marking the highest number of fatal car accidents since 2008. That year, the NSC predicted 439 fatal car accidents, just shy of the actual number of 473.
Fatal car accidents are already up 9% from this same time last year – a trend of increasing rates of deadly traffic accidents that has remained steady since 2014. This year alone, more than 19,000 people have been killed in auto accidents. An additional 2.2 million have been injured. And distraction, in all of its forms, plays a significant role in this increase.
It is nothing short of tragic that some drivers believe their desire to remain constantly connected is more important than the safety of those with whom they share the road. The dangers posed by using cellphones and other electronics while driving are well documented. Continuing to engage in the behavior shows a complete disregard for the health and wellbeing of others. Nonetheless, millions of drivers continue to engage in this negligent and thoughtless behavior – and the death toll continues to rise. Unless drivers are willing to put their phones down, there is no foreseeable end to this epidemic.
There are minor regulations regarding cellphone use while driving in Texas, but we remain one of only six states to not have a complete ban on texting and other dangerous cellphone activities. Illegal or not, driving while using a cellphone, hands-free device, or on-board electronics is not safe, and victims of distracted drivers are entitled to hold irresponsible and selfish motorists accountable for all of the damages they cause.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a distracted driver, the Dallas car accident attorneys at Polewski & Associates can help. Please contact us online or call 972-230-6200 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.