We have all seen distracted drivers on the busy Texas roads and highways. Recent statistics show that distracted driving continues to be a major problem in Texas.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2021, 1 in 5 accidents were caused by a distracted driver. These accidents killed over 430 people and injured nearly 3,000.
Although most people associate distracted driving with phone use, distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. This includes talking or looking at your phone, but also things like eating, drinking, talking to someone else in the vehicle or playing with your radio or GPS.
Don’t be a distracted driver
You can reduce your chance of an accident by putting your phone away when driving and fully concentrating on the road. However, you have no control over other drivers on the road.
Distracted drivers are sometimes easy to spot. They are the drivers veering erratically through traffic or constantly speeding up and slowing down.
How to handle distracted drivers
Try to avoid distracted drivers by staying away from them. Move into another lane, slow down or even pull off the road entirely if you feel unsafe.
Distracted driving is negligent driving, and injuries from an accident caused by distracted driving can be substantial.
If you are injured by a distracted driver, you may face a lengthy and painful healing process. This can lead to missed time from work, causing you financial difficulties that can be difficult to overcome, especially if you now have medical bills.
Help for distracted driving accident victims
A personal injury claim can potentially help you recover compensation, but there are many factors involved with proving negligence. You must show that the driver breached their legal duty to drive safely and caused your accident.
The advice and guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney can help you through your healing process as you move forward after your accident.