TxDOT's "Talk. Text. Crash." campaign raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in San Antonio and beyond
It's no secret that distracted driving is an extremely dangerous behavior that causes car accidents in San Antonio and throughout Texas every year. But far too many drivers still engage in this behavior and cause crashes on the roads, leaving people with serious injuries that are sometimes fatal.
Through its annual "Talk. Text. Crash." campaign, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is raising public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and encouraging all drivers to "keep their heads up and pay attention" when behind the wheel.
A dangerous problem on Texas roads
In 2021, 431 people were killed and 2,934 seriously injured across the state in crashes caused by distracted drivers.
TxDOT describes distracted driving as any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the task of driving. Examples include texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, drinking, putting on makeup, shaving, reading, programming dashboard controls, and watching a video.
As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, TxDOT is sharing stories of victims of distracted driving, including Karin Zaltsman's daughter Emily, who was killed at the age of 13 in an accident caused by a driver who was texting behind the wheel.
"Emily didn't die in an accident," said Karin Zaltsman of her late daughter. "Emily died in a crash that could have been prevented."
Raising public awareness statewide
TxDOT offers tips to drivers to avoid distracted driving, including:
- Always giving driving your full attention
- Pulling off the road and stopping before using your phone
- Putting your phone away or turning it off when you are driving
- Letting people know you won't be responding to calls or texts while you are driving
- Waiting until you are parked to eat or drink.
Atlanta District Engineer Rebecca Wells said that sending or reading a text message takes a driver's eyes off the road for about five seconds. She notes that when traveling at a speed of 55 mph, a driver can travel the length of a football field during that time – more than enough time to cause a crash.
"Distracted driving is a choice, and it has devastating consequences for communities," said Marc Williams, TxDOT executive director. "Texting, adjusting audio or navigation systems, or scrolling on a social media site can wait until you're safely parked. We're urging Texans to make the right choice and put the phone away."
An experienced car accident lawyer can help you recover compensation
Victims who survive distracted driving accidents can suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Medical expenses can add up quickly, and victims may struggle financially, especially if they are unable to work because of their injuries.
You deserve financial compensation if you were hurt in a crash caused by a distracted driver. But distracted drivers often deny responsibility, and insurance companies may challenge your claim for damages. That's why you need an experienced San Antonio car accident lawyer who knows how to get results.
The Herrera Law Firm has been fighting for injured Texans for decades. Learn more about how we can help during a free consultation. We can go over your legal options and answer any questions you have. Contact us to schedule a time that is convenient for you.