Most drivers are aware of the importance of giving their full attention to the task at hand, which is the safe operation of their vehicles. Despite this knowledge, it is still common to see drivers with their phones in their hands or engaging in other types of dangerous behaviors while they are behind the wheel. While distraction can happen to anyone, there are certain groups who may be more likely to drive while dangerously distracted.
Many people assume that they can safely multitask while driving. The reality is that even a few seconds of distraction can result in driving a long distance without looking at the road. It is dangerous and reckless to allow anything to distract you while sharing the road with others. According to statistics, parents and gig workers are the most common distracted driving offenders, which means they may be more likely to cause an accident than other groups.
The most dangerous drivers on Texas roads
Gig-economy workers and ride-share drivers are frequently on the road, so it is no surprise that they are the group most likely to drive while distracted. They are four times more likely to use the apps on their phones while they are driving than other demographics. Part of this may be due to the fact that they may feel the need to engage with their customers as they are going from job to job. However, many of these drivers are also making calls, responding to texts, reading emails and scrolling through various social media apps.
The other group likely to drive while distracted is parents. Drivers who have children aged 18 and younger are often using their phones while behind the wheel, doing things such as checking the weather, making video calls and more. Regardless of the specific thing a driver is doing behind the wheel, each individual is responsible for the choices he or she makes while driving, especially if those decisions endanger or cause harm to others.
Responsibility of drivers and rights of victims
If you are the victim of an accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver, you have legal options available to you. Through the Texas civil justice system, you may be able to seek damages and compensation for the losses you experienced as a result of the accident. If you believe that distraction is the reason for your pain and suffering, you will benefit from seeking guidance regarding the most prudent way forward.