How phone usage among drivers is becoming more dangerous

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More and more drivers in Texas may be using their cellphones in unsafe ways. According to observational surveys by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted in 2014 and 2018, drivers were 57 percent more likely to be spotted in 2018 using phones to text or in other ways that did not involve talking to someone. However, drivers in 2014 were more likely to make calls while behind the wheel.

While there is general agreement that drivers are safer when they are not on their phones, it is not certain what role distracted driving and the use of cellphones play in fatal accidents. One problem is that attributing an accident to distracted driving usually requires either permission to examine a person's cellphone or having a driver self-report being distracted. The IIHS estimates that around 800 fatalities in 2017 might have been caused by drivers texting or using their phones in other ways besides talking.

Even though talking on the phone does not require drivers to take their sight off the road like texting, it can still affect their concentration. Drivers may be distracted by a number of other things as well. This could include talking to children in the car and sipping from a drink.

If a driver causes a traffic crash because of distraction or for some other reason, they might be deemed liable for any accident-related damages. This is where a lawyer could come in and help an injured crash victim. Legal counsel may help in negotiating with the insurance company or filing a civil case if necessary. A civil case might be possible even if there is an unsuccessful criminal case against the driver.

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