The Dangers of Distracted Driving are Real

Distracted driving has many different forms: texting, cell phone use, messing with the radio, eating or drinking, attending to a child, passenger, or pet, alcohol or drug use, and so on. Anything that takes attention away from the sole task of driving is a distraction. And distracted driving is dangerous. Extremely so. Distraction-related accidents have taken the lives of many Texans, and affected the lives of many more.

Fed up with the troubling statistics, fraternity members of Kappa Sigma at Texas A&M created Brothers Against Distracted Driving (B.A.D.D). The fraternity has been hosting educational events to bring awareness to distracted driving since December of last year. Most recently, the brothers presented a distracted driving simulator at the school’s fall resource fair. Using the simulator, students were able to see how easily something can go wrong in a vehicle while attempting to read or type a text message. Many students were shocked to fail the simulator within a very short amount of time. In addition to the simulator, the fraternity also had several speakers talk about the dangers of distracted driving and how it had affected their lives personally. Many students admit that they drive distracted at times, and the fraternity is hoping to change the perception that texting while driving is “no big deal.”

Distracted driving IS a big deal, and those who cause an accident while driving distracted face severe penalties, including assault charges, reckless driving charges, jail time, and more. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. If you live in the Houston area, contact The Freeman Law Firm, P.C. today.