The major thoroughfare in Dripping Springs, U.S. Highway 290, claimed a total of ten lives in 2016. The highway saw four fatal accidents last year, occurrences ranging from May 8 to December 8. The deadliest incident occurred May 8 when five individuals were killed in an accident on Highway 290 at Crow Ranch Road. Dripping Springs residents voiced their concerns with public officials regarding safety on the highway, which led Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant to hold a public meeting on the subject. According to the Hays Free Press, the county will allocate $6M toward improvements on U.S. 290, which were a part of Proposition 2 that was passed by voters in November.
Although the danger is not unique to 290, one of the main causes of major accidents continues to be talking and texting while driving. Dripping Springs is still the only major city in Hays County without a hands-free ordinance after the city council voted against drafting one in February. The ordinance would have banned the use of any hand-held device while driving with an exception for emergency vehicle operators and law enforcement vehicles.
Distracted driving causes unnecessary accidents and devastating injuries every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving at any given moment during daylight hours. AT&T commissioned their own survey in November 2014, which revealed that three fourths of drivers had texted while driving, even though they were aware of the risks.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of someone else driving while distracted by a cell phone or other electronic device in Dripping Springs or other surrounding area, contact Pribble Law, PLLC today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney and discuss your legal options.