The Dangers of Distracted Driving

distracted driverIt is no secret that distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents on the roads today. Every day, drivers are injured or killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is a leading cause of personal injury in the United States. In fact, distracted driving is a factor in nearly one in five crashes, and it contributes to thousands of personal injuries every year.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety. Common types of distracted driving include talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, using a navigation system, and adjusting a radio or entertainment system.  Distracted driving is particularly dangerous because it increases the chances of both personal injury and property damage. Inattention while driving can lead to accidents, and these accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. 

Texting is perhaps the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distraction: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off of driving).

If you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to hold that driver liable by filing a personal injury claim. An attorney can help you understand the complexities of the legal process and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.  

In addition to the personal injuries that can be suffered in an accident, there can also be significant financial burdens, including medical bills and lost wages.  With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can focus on your recovery while your attorney handles the legal aspects of your case.

Don’t let a distracted driver ruin your life. If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact Wyly & Cook PLLC at 713-236-8330 and get the compensation you deserve.

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