Each Texas driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel, and these individuals are accountable for their negligence that causes harm to another motorist. For example, the choice to look at one’s phone or drive while under the influence of alcohol can have detrimental consequences for others. In fact, drunk driving and distracted driving significantly increase the chance of an accident.
Both distracted driving and drunk driving are reckless and preventable behaviors. Those who engage in these actions needlessly endanger those around them, yet these drivers may be unaware of how their behavior makes it more likely an accident will occur. Distraction and intoxication are the reason for thousands of motor vehicle fatalities each year across the United States.
Distraction versus intoxication
Both distracted driving and intoxicated driving are common, but there has been a sharp increase in the number of distraction-related accidents over the last five to 10 years. This is likely because most drivers now have access to a smartphone, and more vehicles come with infotainment systems that can be distracting. Around 61% of American drivers admit that their phones are a distraction in their everyday lives, including while they are driving. However, statistics indicate that drunk driving accidents are much more likely to be fatal.
While there may be more distracted drivers than drunk drivers, drunk individuals are more likely to drive recklessly at higher rates of speed. Distracted drivers are more likely to be involved in minor accidents that do not result in fatalities. While there is reason to believe the rate of drunk driving accidents is declining, the number of distraction-related accidents remains around 3,000 per year.
A full and fair recovery
Whether you suffered harm because of a distracted driver or due to the recklessness of a drunk driver, you have the right to seek a full and fair recovery of your financial losses and other damages. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses you encountered as a result of your accident.
Those who suffered because of the actions of a drunk or distracted driver do not have to suffer alone. As a victim, there are legal options available to you, and you are entitled to pursue legal recourse as a means of recovery. It is possible to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions through the Texas civil justice system.