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Attorney Will Adams Informs Chamber About Texting While Driving
The Katy, Texas personal injury lawyer spoke at a Katy Chamber of Commerce luncheon, discussing recent research about how distracted individuals can become when they text and drive.
By: Adams Law Firm
An April 15 article in The Rancher outlined the details of the event. The educational presentation, titled “The Road Less Watched: The Dangers of Texting and Driving and Public Awareness Initiative 2013,” was held at the chamber’s April 11 luncheon at Pine Forest Country Club.
At the event, Attorney Adams identified texting while driving as a form of “distracted driving,” or the act of engaging in an activity while one is operating a motor vehicle that takes his or her attention away from the actual task of driving. The lawyer noted that texting while driving serves as a triple threat since it requires a driver’s manual, visual and cognitive attention. Attorney Adams cited various research findings that demonstrate just how dangerous it is to read or send text messages while operating a vehicle. According to the news story, the legal professional noted that those who have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% (the legal threshold for drinking and driving) are four times more likely to get in an accident than unimpaired drivers. Meanwhile, those who are texting and driving are eight times more likely to crash than those who are not engaging in this distracting activity. This increase, he said, is due to the amount of time the driver is looking elsewhere other than the road.
“How long is the average texter taking their eyes off the road?” Attorney Adams is quoted as saying in the article. “More than four seconds. And let’s assume that it’s four; studies have shown that it’s more. How far does a car go in four seconds traveling 50 mph? 300 feet….that’
The lawyer also pointed out that, in contrast to popular belief, younger drivers are not the greatest offenders for texting and driving. He referenced a recent AT&T survey that showed that adults are actually more likely than teenagers to commit this act. The survey results also showed that a little more than half of all drivers choose to text and drive at the same time.
Attorney Adams provided multiple tips to help individuals avoid texting while driving. These include letting others known ahead of time when they will be unavailable because they will be on the road, putting their phones in places where they will not be able to reach the devices from the driver’s seat, turning off their phones before they begin driving, getting others in the vehicle to handle their text messages or phone calls, or pulling over if they plan to directly use their phones.
Attorney Adams, who is double Board Certified, has received various professional accolades for his professional excellence in the practice areas of personal injury law and business litigation. He is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, and he has been featured in the Super Lawyers® list and the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list. He has also been recognized as a Top Houston Personal Injury Attorney and a Top Lawyer for the People by H Texas Magazine. Furthermore, the celebrated legal professional is also on the board of directors for the Texas Lawyers Trial Lawyers Association. Anyone who wants to learn more about Attorney Adams or the various types of personal injury cases his firm handles can visit www.adamslawpersonalinjury.com.