When you get behind the wheel to drive on Texas roadways or you travel as a passenger in another person’s vehicle, there is an inherent risk of injury. Even so, you can reasonably expect that all motorists with whom you are sharing the road will adhere to safety regulations and traffic laws while driving. Many of the worst collisions are later determined to have been preventable were it not for driver distraction.
You are in control of your own vehicle; in fact, the law requires you to maintain control of your vehicle at all times. There is not much you can do, however, about another person’s driving behavior. If someone runs a red light or is traveling behind your car while texting, the results may be disastrous. Not only is it important to regularly review driver safety information, it’s also a good idea to know where to seek support if someone hits you.
Visual driving distractions cause many collisions
When you were learning to drive, your instructor likely told you to always keep your eyes on the road. If another driver is looking at a billboard or a roadside scene or cell phone, he or she is not focused on the task at hand, which is driving.
Investigators often discover evidence to prove that drivers who caused specific collisions were visually distracted at the time.
Both hands on the wheel for safety
You might be one of many Texas drivers who prefer to hold their hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions on their steering wheels. Then again, maybe you keep your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock instead. What matters most is that you have both hands on the wheel at all times.
Many fatal collisions have occurred in this state and across the country because of people who use hand-held electronic devices while driving. Adjusting radio knobs, reaching in a pocketbook or lighting a cigarette are other examples of manual distractions that increase the risk for collision while operating a motor vehicle.
Cognitive distractions are rarely apparent
You do not know what is going on inside the mind of another driver at any particular moment. No matter where you are going on the road, you may be at risk without even knowing it if a nearby driver is daydreaming at the wheel.
Nowadays, many people try to multitask while driving. If someone is using a hands-free device to participate in a business meeting while driving, for instance, he or she is not fully focused on operation of the motor vehicle, which places the driver and you, if you’re nearby, at great risk for collision.
If a collision occurs that results in your injury
An otherwise uneventful trip to the store or workplace can turn into a tragic situation if a distracted driver hits you and you suffer injuries. The immediate aftermath of the collision would no doubt involve transport to a nearby hospital for medical examination.
Beyond that, you might have to take time off work or undergo surgery or physical therapy, etc., during recovery. Such collisions typically result in emotional, physical and economic damages, which is why state law allows recovering victims to seek restitution in court.