Texas drivers are responsible for the choices they make while they are behind the wheel, especially if they cause harm to another person. Distracted driving is a type of negligent and reckless behavior that leads to the elevated chance of an accident, and it is completely preventable. Those who engage in distracting behaviors while driving are needlessly endangering themselves and others.
Most drivers understand the risk that comes with distracted driving, but many continue to engage in this behavior. Drivers may assume they can safely multitask, but in reality, they could cause an accident that could leave someone with serious or fatal injuries. If you are suffering after another driver caused a distraction-related accident, you could have legal options available to you.
The issue with distraction
People often underestimate the dangers that come with driving while distracted. Even a few seconds of distraction can lead to devastating consequences. Despite laws prohibiting distraction and other safety measures, distraction continues to be one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Consider the following about distracted driving:
- Around 87% of drivers say they know distracted driving is dangerous, but around half also admit to texting or calling while behind the wheel.
- While there are other things that can take a driver’s attention, phones continue to be one of the leading causes of accidents.
- Millennials and Gen Z drivers may be more likely to use social media while driving, including video chatting, making videos and more.
- Around 70% of drivers face distractions at least once per day, and around one in four drivers use their phones approximately five times in an hour.
- Approximately 11% of all accidents that involve distracted driving happen within the first minute of the driver looking at his or her phone.
- Estimates suggest around 700 people suffer injuries in distracted driving accidents every day.
If you are the victim of the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, you could have legal options available to you. You may have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, securing recovery of your losses and coverage of your potential long-term needs related to your accident injuries. The civil justice claims process is time-sensitive, and your quick action may make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. An assessment of your situation may help you understand your legal options.