Distracted driving has become one of America’s biggest problems enough so that the entire month of April is dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 3,300 fatal car accidents were the result of distracted drivers in 2011 which is a 1.9 percent increase since 2010. In Texas specifically more than 10,260 crashes were caused by a distraction inside the vehicle, of which 78 were fatal.
Additionally, in Texas more than 16,900 car collisions were reportedly caused by driver inattention. Whether it is looking at an accident scene or switching the radio station, a car collision due to a distracted driver can happen in a matter of seconds.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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The types of distractions that could lead a driver to be inattentive of what they’re doing can vary, as can who is distracted by what. For example, parents with children in the car may be distracted by them whereas an adult driving an alone may not face such distractions.
Some common types of distractions include:
- Electronic Devices (Searching a Map, Making a Phone Call)
- Accident Scenes
- Eating and Drinking
- Talking to Passengers
- Adjusting Radio Stations or MP3 Player
- Using a Navigation System
- Grooming (Shaving, Putting on Make-up)
- Reading a Map
Texting and driving has become one of the biggest distractions amongst all drivers. In Texas more than 3,200 collisions involved drivers who were using their cell phone, that is in addition to more than 10,200 distracted driver accidents.
According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, a driver who is texting and driving is 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident than a driver who is not distracted.
Avoiding Distracted Driving
Distracted driving accidents are completely preventable which is why most states have brought legislature forth to prohibit the use of hand held devices.
Some other ways drivers can avoid being distracted while driving include:
- Preset all radio stations prior to driving
- If you need to look at directions, pull over to review them
- Do not use your cell phone to talk, if you need to use a hands-free device
- Never text and drive
- Allow for additional driving time if searching for a new address
- Avoid eating or drinking while driving
- Do not let passengers distract you and consider switching the radio off if needing to speak to a passenger
It is important that drivers concentrate on driving while behind the wheel as hazards can present themselves at any moment. Drivers who notice other motorists using handheld devices or being distracted may wish to keep themselves away from them to lower their risk of being involved in a distracted driving accident.
Contact Our Houston Car Accident Attorneys Today
As distracted driving collisions are preventable it can be very frustrating to be involved in an accident with a driver who was inattentive and negligent while behind the wheel. The team of attorneys at Arguello, Hope & Associates can help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation for property damage you endured, as well as medical expenses and lost wages suffered due to your injuries.
Our knowledge lawyers can help guide you through the entire litigation process to ensure that you receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve. Our main office is located in Houston, Texas but we are pleased to serve clients throughout the United States, including those in the following cities:
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