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Distracted driving remains a serious safety concern

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2022 | Uncategorized

Many drivers engage in distracting behaviors while they are operating a vehicle because they are unaware of how risky it is to do so. A driver may assume he or she can safely multitask, but in reality, he or she may be driving in a way that places others in harm’s way and increases the chance of an accident. Distracted driving is a serious safety concern on Texas roads, and drivers should not underestimate the potential risks associated with it.

It is not always immediately clear why a car accident happened, but it is possible that the motor vehicle collision that left you injured was the result of distraction. A careful evaluation of the accident and evidence from the crash could determine if you have grounds to pursue a legal claim. If distraction did play a role in what happened to you, the civil justice system provides you the opportunity to seek justice and fair compensation.

A dangerous behavior

With the popularity of smartphones and the inclusion of various types of tech in most vehicles, drivers are more distracted than ever before. While drunk driving is a significant safety threat, distracted driving is actually the cause of more vehicle fatalities each year than intoxication. Consider the following about distracted driving:

  • Distraction is often associated with cellphone use, but other actions, such as eating, drinking or talking with a passenger, can also be distracting.
  • Five or fewer seconds of distraction is equivalent to a driver traveling the length of a football field with his or her eyes closed.
  • Distraction can lower reaction time by as much as 30%, especially when texting and driving.

Each driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. This includes putting phones away and eliminating things that can take his or her attention from the task at hand. When a distracted driver causes an accident that results in harm to another person, the victim has the right to pursue recourse.

Fighting for a fair recovery

The aftermath of a distraction-related car accident can be complex and overwhelming. You may have grounds to seek a full and fair recovery through the civil justice system, and an assessment of your case will help you understand the specific legal options available to you. Through your claim, you may be able to recover your losses associated with medical bills and other damages from your accident.