Serious car accidents can be caused by distracted driving which is why drivers in Texas are prohibited from texting while driving. There are additional types of distracted driving, however, that drivers should also avoid. Car accident victims should also be familiar with the legal protections available to them.
What are examples of distracted driving?
Distracted driving behaviors are all too common and incredibly dangerous. Some of the highest risk distracted driving behaviors include:
- Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving;
- Drowsy driving;
- Snacking, eating and drinking while driving;
- Grooming, shaving or putting on makeup while driving;
- Focusing on objects outside of the vehicle while driving;
- Reaching for a loose object in the vehicle while driving;
- Interacting with passengers, children or pets while driving;
- Reading while driving, including a newspaper or map;
- Adjusting a radio or navigation device while driving; or
- Watching a video while driving.
How dangerous is distracted driving?
Distracted driving results in around 391,000 injuries and nearly 3,500 deaths each year in the United States. Greater than 100 victims die each day in car accidents and nine of those fatalities are caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving can result in deaths and families losing loved ones. Concentrating on a cell phone conversation, a meal or finding the right radio station while driving can all be dangerous. For that reason, victims and their families should be aware that personal injury legal protections may be able to help them recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages.