The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Driving with distractions is a danger not only to the driver, but to their passengers and everyone else on the road. Any task that takes the driver’s primary focus away from the road, whether it requires visual, cognitive, or manual attention, poses a heightened risk for an accident that could result in serious injury.
There are several things that could distract a driver on the road, including:
- Checking smart phones
- Texting (a growing concern that is becoming responsible for more accidents all the time)
- Reading GPS navigation systems or maps
- Eating and drinking
- Grooming and applying makeup
- Adjusting the radio (or paying more attention to your music than the road)
- Reaching for items
Distracted Driving Statistics
In the state of Texas in 2014, there were almost 101,000 traffic accidents involving distracted driving. Many of these accidents were caused by cell phone use and texting, the number one cause of distractions on the road. It is estimated that one in five crashes in Texas are caused by some form of distracted driving. Teens and other young drivers especially are at risk because they are inexperienced behind the wheel, and have the highest rate of accidents caused by distractions.
Even taking your eyes away for one moment can result in serious consequences to yourself and those around you. It is not worth placing yourself and others in danger to attend to things that can wait.
Had an Accident? A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you have been involved in an accident caused by another person’s distracted driving, you have the right to sue for damages or compensation for things like your ongoing medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning power, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more. By securing the representation of capable, hard-working attorneys like those at The Daspit Law Firm, you can be confident knowing that your case is in experienced hands. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and have a track record of success. Since we work on a contingency-fee basis, you won’t have to pay a dime unless we win your case.
Contact our San Antonio firm today to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. For your convenience, we also offer home and hospital visits.