According to a Texas Department of Public Safety crash report, speed and inattention are the main factors that caused the auto wreck that killed Madison Kate Lockaby and the Schullers earlier this month.
Since fire destroyed much of the evidence, it was initially unclear what caused the accident. However, new witness testimony suggests that texting and driving was a likely cause.
It’s accidents like these that make us wonder – Should texting and driving be illegal in Texas?
Texas is one of only six states without a ban on texting and driving, though certain restrictions apply to people who are new drivers or who live in particular cities. Though authorities have complained that it’s hard to prove drivers were distracted, I can tell you (through personal experience as a Texas car wreck lawyer) that it’s not impossible.
As for the number of lives anti-texting and driving laws would save? To get an idea of the impact of texting and driving deaths, we can turn to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA reminds us that distracted driving kills thousands of people every year, and that you’re 23 times more likely to wreck if you’re texting than if you’re paying attention. In Texas last year, there were 100,825 traffic crashes caused by distracted driving. These led to over 3,000 serious injuries and 438 deaths.