Multitasking has become second nature while driving an automobile, especially as technological advances make it much easier for motorists to perform several activities at once. Although it seems to be common knowledge that using your phone while driving is an unsafe practice, the number of accidents related to distracted driving is steadily increasing. According to a 2014 study released by the Texas Department of Transportation, 549 people died in Texas in 2013 due to automobile collisions caused by distracted drivers. This number has increased 4 percent since 2012. The report also noted that drivers who use cellular phones while driving are four times more likely to get into an accident than those who do not.
Lawmakers around the country have begun to recognize how dangerous texting and driving is. Many states have already implemented laws against such actions. Although there are no laws in Texas prohibiting texting and driving (unless in a school zone), there is a high likelihood of that changing after the 2015 legislative session.
While texting and driving is a common distraction for motorists, there are various other ways drivers can become unfocused on roadways. Even the most reasonable and well-seasoned driver lose control for a moment for a number of reasons. Simple things like grooming, eating, changing the radio station, reading, and programing the navigation are distractions that can cause a serious automobile collision.