Mobile Devices Do Not Kill, Distracted Drivers Kill While Using Them
Apr 19, 2013
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2013 – Mobile devices do not kill people. Distracted people using them kill people.
“Look out your window while you are driving and make a note of how many people you see walking along with their heads down and a mobile device in their hands, texting. They have no clue where they are, who is around them, or where they are going. In short, they are totally oblivious to their surroundings. Some even walk in front of moving vehicles. Life these days is nothing short of bizarre, when people take leave of their senses to play with technology when they should be watching where they are going,” pointed out Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas.
Throw texting drivers into the mix with texting pedestrians and there is a recipe for disaster. The hard thing to understand is why people feel that texting is more important than their safety and that of others around them. “How many times have you just about hit a pedestrian jiving along to some music wearing headphones and texting at the same time? It’s more common that you would think. It’s not technology that kills people. It is people using that technology in an irresponsible way that kills people,” Lee added.
Is there any kind of a solution to stop this behavior? Some think so and feel that laws banning using a cellphone while driving and banning hands-free usage while driving would work. Many states have laws like that in place, but the laws do not go far enough, as texting while driving in many states is not illegal —- odd as that may seem, in light of the clear danger it presents. But what about texting while walking? How is it possible to attempt to stop behavior that should be ruled by common sense, but is not?
“Even if there were a law passed dealing with texting while walking, who on earth would enforce it? It is hard enough to enforce no texting while driving, simply because law enforcement cannot see what a driver is doing when their hands are below the window, texting. Sure, they can guess, but a ‘guess’ isn’t necessarily probable cause,” Lee pointed out.
And the solution is? “The solution is not readily apparent, and may never be, as the main issue is humans need to take responsibility for their own actions. It’s not happening. People are getting injured and killed. When do people get that?” asked Lee.
Drivers that have been in accidents involving another driver texting need to reach out and contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to handle their case. They will need someone to represent them in court, as they attempt to obtain compensation for their injuries.
Lee, Gober and Reyna
11940 Jollyville Road, Suite 220-S
Austin, Texas 78759