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Distracted Texas drivers are a threat to your safety

Monday, July 16, 2018

Texas readers know that distracted driving is a major problem in every state. As more drivers have phones, and more cars come with potentially distracting technology, this type of negligent driving is not a problem that will be going away any time soon. Many car accidents happen simply because a phone or other reason distracted the driver. 

If you suffered an injury in a car accident, it is possible that a distracted driver is to blame for what you experienced. While it seems difficult, it is possible to hold distracted drivers accountable for the decisions they made that ultimately led to your accident and injuries.

How distraction is a threat to your personal safety

Many people associate distraction driving with phone use, but that is not the only way that distraction occurs behind the wheel. Common sources of distraction for drivers include the following:

  • Talking to passengers
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Texting or talking on the phone
  • Eating while driving

Even looking at a billboard while passing by can greatly distract a driver. Distraction may be everywhere, but the person behind the wheel is responsible for the choices that he or she makes that cause others harm. Anything that takes a driver's attention away from the task at hand is distracted driving, and it is always dangerous and always irresponsible.

The dangers of texting

Texting is one of the leading sources of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, looking at a phone for just three seconds while driving at average speeds is the equivalent of driving approximately 100 yards without looking.

It's not just the person who is texting who is at risk of injury. Statistics suggest that thousands of people die in accidents related to distracted driving every year. There is simply no safe way to text and drive.

Accident victims have rights

Texting while driving is an irresponsible and preventable choice that can lead to serious or fatal injuries. If the negligent or reckless actions of another person injured you, you do not have to deal with the aftermath by yourself, and you may explore your options for a civil claim against the liable party.

Through a personal injury claim, it is possible to hold the appropriate parties accountable for your pain and suffering. You may be able to claim rightful restitution for your financial losses and accident-related needs.

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