Would you ever close your eyes and drive across the length of a football field at the same time? Hopefully, you understand what a foolish and utterly dangerous activity that would be; yet, that's exactly what it's like if you read a text while driving your car. Texting while driving is one of the most common types of driving distractions on Texas roadways nowadays. If you're traveling at highway speeds and a nearby driver is reading or sending a text message, you may be on your way to disaster.
While you're keeping a lookout for motorists using hand-held electronic devices, you may want to keep your eye out for other distracting behaviors that also place you at great risk for a collision. If you know how to recognize potential danger, you may increase your chances of arriving to your destination safely.
Distracted driving often has deadly results
You may be cautious and alert as you navigate Texas roadways; however, there may not be much you can do to avoid an accident if another driver is not focused on the task at hand. The following list includes information regarding negative consequences of distracted driving:
- Nearly 391,000 people suffered injuries in distracted driving accidents in 2015 alone.
- That same year, close to 3,500 people died because they were in collisions involving distracted motorists.
- Statistics show that well over half a million people use cell phones while they're driving cars in the daytime.
- Teenagers comprise a large portion of the distracted drivers in the nation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does a lot to educate people and raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The NHTSA can't travel alongside you to keep you safe, however; so, it's crucial to do as much as you can to avoid an accident.
Things you can do to help
You may be able to help save lives if you do one or more of the following things to fight against distracted driving in Texas:
- If you're a parent, it's important to set a good example for any young drivers in your home. Don't do anything while driving that is against the law or that you wouldn't want your children to do.
- Teaching your teens safe driving habits may go a long way toward their own safety and the safety of those who share their roadways.
- Spread the word in your community by speaking at town meetings or bringing up the topic of safe driving habits (and the dangers of distracted driving) in casual conversations.
- If you suffer injury in a distracted driving accident, you can seek justice in a civil court, which may in turn lead to policy or law changes that help prevent future distracted incidents from occurring.
If a distracted driver hits you, your life may be forever changed. Beyond the immediate need for medical assistance, the weeks and months (perhaps years) that follow your accident may be wrought with challenges as you try to achieve as full a recovery as possible. One or more people may be liable for your injuries.
A Texas personal injury attorney can help you identify possible responsible parties and can act on your behalf to pursue justice in court.