As more drivers return to normal schedules and are commuting as they did in the past, it is increasingly important that all motorists understand how to safely share the road and ensure that no one is at any unnecessary risk for an accident. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that drivers are engaging in more risky behaviors than ever before, and the chance of an accident is higher than in the past. Due to several factors, roads are becoming more dangerous.
Drivers are responsible for all of the choices they make behind the wheel. If someone acts negligently or recklessly and it results in harm to another person, that individual is liable. Victims of car accidents in Texas caused by other drivers may find it helpful to take immediate steps to explore their options in order to pursue a course of action that allows them to protect their future interests.
Distraction and speeding: deadly threats
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Texas and across the country. Because of the widespread use of cell phones, in-car infotainment systems and many other factors, drivers are more prone to concentrate on other things besides the task at hand. Despite the known risks of distracted driving, many still assume they can safely multitask. Others may not realize that seemingly benign activities, such as talking on the phone or eating while driving, can be dangerous.
Another factor that could be making the roads more dangerous is speed. Statistics indicate that more drivers are going over the speed limit this year than in previous years. Excessive speeding makes it more likely that an accident will occur and that the results of that accident will be more serious. A close look at current driving trends indicates that not only are drivers more likely to speed, they are more likely to speed at excessive rates.
What can victims do?
Victims of car accidents caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person are not alone. The civil justice system provides these individuals and their families an opportunity to pursue compensation that will allow them to recoup expenses, secure damages for non-economic losses and pick up the pieces after an accident caused by distraction or speeding. It is not always immediately clear if a claim is the right course of action, but a victim may benefit from exploring his or her options after a crash.