While Texas and other states have taken steps in recent years to tighten their laws relating to cellphone use in the car, teenagers across the state and nation continue to text at high rates, endangering everyone on the road as they do so. At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we have seen the devastating impact texting and driving has on Americans and families, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones because of someone else’s actions pursue recourse.
According to Reuters, a recent survey involving more than 100,000 teenagers across 35 states found that almost 40 percent of them admitted to having texted behind the wheel within the last 30 days. The survey also found that teenagers became increasingly likely to text and drive as they grew older, and that teens who identified as Caucasian were the more likely to text behind the wheel than teens of other races.
The study also confirmed what many motorists across the nation have long feared: that texting and driving is a monumental problem on roads across Texas and the nation, and that no amount of media attention on the subject seems to be making much of a difference. Teenagers who text and drive continue to threaten not only themselves and their passengers, but everyone else on the road, as texting involves all three types of driver distraction: cognitive distraction, visual distraction and manual distraction.
While teens across the nation are texting behind the wheel at high rates, the behavior is even more prevalent in states that allow teens to drive before they turn 16. Survey results indicate that, the earlier a teenager begins driving, the earlier he or she begins texting and driving. You can find out more about car crashes on our webpage.