• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: September 2017

Cell phone related crashes kill thousands of Americans every year. If you drive, you know that the problem of people using their phones behind the wheel is rampant. The question is, are we being honest with ourselves about own bad habits?

Our firm’s annual scholarship contest – the “First Step” scholarship – is based on the idea that the essential first step towards changing a behavior is to acknowledge that the behavior exists, and is a problem. Before we can put an end to distracted driving, we must first admit that we routinely drive distracted.

According to our latest survey, Texans are having trouble taking this first step. We asked over 900 Texas drivers a simple question:

How often do you use your phone while driving?

Astonishingly, 60% of people answered that they never use their phone while driving. The question is, were they being honest?


This year the Texas state legislature finally took the critical step of making texting and driving illegal in the state. That law went into effect September 1, 2017. Only time will tell whether the ban will curtail Texas’ rising distracted driving crash rates.

In the meantime, we encourage Texans to own-up to their distracted driving habits. Only by facing the problem truthfully will we be able to make the necessary changes to our behavior, and in so doing, save money, time, and each other’s lives.

About the Author

Hank Stout co-founded Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm, to protect and pursue the rights of people who were harmed by the carelessness of others. Mr. Stout is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been actively trying cases for over fifteen years. In recognition of his accomplishments and results, he has been selected by Thompson Reuters as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas) and has been selected as Lead Counsel. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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