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Distracted driving continues to threaten Texas drivers

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Like everywhere else in the country, distracted driving on Texas roads is a problem. There are more drivers operating a vehicle while doing other things than ever before, and it seems that the problem is only getting worse. While most people know distracted driving is extremely dangerous and completely preventable, people still engage in this dangerous behavior.

If you were hurt in a car accident, there is a chance distraction played a role in what happened to you. You may know that you have the right to hold liable drivers accountable and seek the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. As distraction seems to be an ever-growing threat to the safety of Texas drivers, you may find it beneficial to understand how to protect yourself in the event of an accident.

New study reveals serious distracted driving concerns

According to a recent study from AAA, the number of distracted drivers is growing. Many factors could be to blame for this increase, and experts are continuing to study this problem and look for ways to reduce the number of distraction-related accidents. This study revealed the following:

  • Approximately 88 percent of all drivers believe that distracted driving is on the rise.
  • Many drivers admit they engage in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, including texting, holding their phones and more.
  • Almost half of all drivers polled admit they talk on the phone while driving, while 35 percent of drivers admit to texting or emailing while driving.
  • Most drivers admit they know distraction is dangerous, yet they do it anyway. 

Interestingly, many drivers have the perspective that it is safe for them to text or talk while driving, but it may not be safe for others. This is disturbing as it reveals that people do not truly understand the dangers of driving while distracted or have a sense of personal responsibility for their actions.

Accountability for distracted driving

Distraction is clearly dangerous, and there is clear evidence that it leads to a higher chance of an accident. One of the ways that you can fight back against this irresponsible behavior is holding liable parties accountable for their actions. You can do this through a personal injury claim, which will allow you to seek recovery of your financial losses and more.

After an accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the right to seek a full explanation of your legal options. You may have grounds to move forward with legal action against the responsible driver.

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