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Brad T. Wyly of Wyly Law Firm, P.C., says dangers of distracted driving, as highlighted in a recent survey of risky teen behavior, should be discussed as young drivers in the Houston area and across Texas begin to take to the roads for summer.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) June 16, 2012
Reacting to a recent national survey, Houston car accident attorney Brad T. Wyly today urged Texas parents to talk to their teenage children about texting while driving as their time behind the wheel begins its annual summer increase.
“In addition to more teenage drivers being on the road, there’s the added danger – and what some are calling a ‘national epidemic’ – of texting while driving,” said Wyly, the owner of the Houston personal injury firm, Wyly Law Firm, P.C.
“Parents need to drive home the point to their teenage children that texting while driving and otherwise using cell phones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel is an extremely dangerous thing to do,” Wyly said. “Teen drivers need to understand the very real hazards of distracted driving.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said earlier this month that its annual survey of risky teen behavior showed that about 58 percent of high school seniors had texted or emailed while driving during the month prior to the poll. About 43 percent of high school juniors acknowledged they did the same thing.
The CDC said distracted driving, which includes using electronic devices as well as eating, drinking and other behaviors, is to blame for about 16 percent of teen motor vehicle deaths. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called texting and cell phone use behind the wheel “a national epidemic.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says car wrecks are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, and summer is the deadliest time of year on the roads for drivers aged 16 to 20.
More than 5,000 teenagers are killed in passenger vehicle crashes each year, the NHTSA says. An average of 422 teens die in car wrecks each month during the summer as compared to an average of 363 teen deaths each month during the rest of the year.
“The teen driving years are ones in which habits are formed,” Wyly said. “Parents need to help their teenage drivers develop safe driving habits.”
“We’ve investigated too many car accidents in which the evidence leads back to the fact that a horrible injury or a death was caused by a teenage driver taking their eyes off of the road to look at a cell phone or do something else they have no business doing while driving.”
Wyly’s firm investigates vehicle accidents in the Houston, Galveston, Beaumont and Harris County areas in preparation of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of clients.
The veteran Houston car accident attorney said the Wyly Law firm gives voice to those who are injured by the negligence or recklessness of others.
“Accidents can happen to anyone, but when someone’s deliberate actions cause another person to be injured or killed, it’s proper for those at-fault to be held accountable and for those who are harmed to be made whole as well as that can be done,” Wyly said.
About Wyly Law Firm, P.C.
The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., is a Houston law firm that represents homeowners and businesses in disputes with their insurance companies. The firm also represents personal injury victims, including those injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, throughout Houston and surrounding communities, including Harris County, Baytown, Pasadena, Galveston, Beaumont, Bellaire, Cloverleaf, Spring Valley, Missouri City, Aldine and Jersey City.
Attorney Brad T. Wyly, the firm’s owner, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. Wyly has extensive experience in personal injury cases, including claims involving complex accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He has been named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine. The firm’s office is located at 4101 Washington Ave., Houston, TX, 77007. To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call (713) 574-7034 or use the firm’s online form.
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