Distracted driving is a serious problem on our roads, playing a part in hundreds of car accidents in Texas and across the country. In one year, more than half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, and nearly 6,000 people died as a result.
Distracted driving is defined as any non-driving activity that may distract a driver from the primary task of operating their vehicle and increase the risk of crashing. While all distractions, such as reading or eating, increase a driver’s chances of getting in an accident, text messaging or texting while driving is the most dangerous.
According to the government website Distraction.gov, there are three main types of distracted driving:
Visual — taking your eyes off the road to look at something else
Manual — taking your hands off the wheel to do something else
Cognitive — taking your mind off the road to think about something else
All three of these types of distracted driving create a much greater risk of being in a car accident. Some common activities that lead to distracted driving include:
Talking/Texting on a cell phone
Talking to passengers
Eating or drinking
Reading or looking at maps
Using a smartphone or navigation system
Watching a video
Changing radio stations, MP3 player, or CDs
A distracted driver can easily cause a car accident. The victims of these accidents have a right to recover damages from the wreck, including compensation for their medical bills, lost time at work, and emotional suffering.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a Texas car accident, it is important that you contact a lawyer immediately. An experienced accident attorney can help guide you through the process of dealing with an insurance company shortly after an accident occurs.
Call our accident attorneys today. We have handled hundreds of car accident cases and are proud to represent the people of Texas.