Most people have a cell phone, which means most Texas drivers have something with them at all times capable of causing distraction at any moment. Even the most focused and dedicated drivers may find it tempting to pick up their phone when it dings or when they get a call while behind the wheel. Cell phone use and technology may have changed, but driving while distracted remains a serious problem on American roads.
Studies suggest that approximately 800,000 drivers are distracted while behind the wheel every day. There are many different types of distracted driving, and they are all dangerous and unnecessary. Each individual is responsible for the choices he or she makes while driving, especially if those choices result in the harm of another person. If a distracted driver caused you harm, you are definitely not alone.
Distraction is still a pressing matter
Phones have changed significantly since the time when cell phone use first became a problem on the road. Most drivers now have hands-free capability, which means they can talk through their vehicle’s Bluetooth system instead of holding a phone to their ears. However, just because a driver is able to keep both hands on the wheel while driving does not mean that he or she is not facing a distraction. Cognitive and visual distraction is just as dangerous as holding a phone or sending a text.
Despite the fact that most drivers are aware of the dangers associated with distracted driving, they still engage in it. In fact, distracted driving is the cause behind thousands of motor vehicle fatalities. Texting is a primary reason for distracted driving, but there are many other ways phones can cause distraction. Using a GPS system, scrolling through social media, taking a picture, or finding a song are all examples of how phones can be distracting for a driver even when he or she is not texting or talking.
Who is responsible?
If you are suffering because of the actions of another driver, you have legal options. Victims of distracted driving accidents have the right to seek justice through a civil claim against the responsible party. You may not be certain of whether you have a valid case or where you should start, so it may be helpful to seek an explanation of your legal options as soon as possible after an accident.