Distracted driving across the country

When drivers in Texas get behind the wheel, there is an approximately 39 percent chance that they will be using a handheld mobile phone while driving. This is on the higher end of the results produced by a nationwide study conducted by Everdrive, a mobile app. The application tracks drivers' safety practices, with their consent, and the study obtained data from 300,000 American drivers who make use of the app.

While around 40 percent of the trips taken by Texas drivers involve phone use, other states saw even higher numbers. For example, in Mississippi, 47 percent of all trips involved use of a mobile phone while behind the wheel, followed closely by Louisiana and Alabama. The South in general had the highest rates of cellphone usage with Georgia, South Carolina and Florida rounding out the top states with 42 percent cellphone usage behind the wheel. Making use of a handheld mobile for calls, texts or internet access behind the wheel is a concern because it is a major cause of distracted driving. Any kind of driver behavior that diverts eyes and attention from the road can easily lead to devastating auto accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 people were injured across the country in 2015 as a result of distracted driving. While mobile phone usage is perhaps one of the best-known types of distracted driving, it is not the only example; even non-technological actions like flipping radio stations or eating while driving can divert attention from the road ahead.

People who have been injured in car accidents due to another driver's dangerous or negligent driving may suffer long-term, painful injuries and disabilities. A personal injury lawyer may help people injured in a crash to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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