DRIVER DISTRACTION IN HOUSTON
Houston Car Accident Attorney
Distracted driving does not just apply to cell phone usage, but to a number of objects and various distractions that can occur while driving. Texting while driving, eating, talking on a cell phone, looking at road maps, changing iPods and CDs, socializing with passengers, children in the backseat and even outside distractions such as construction can all be very dangerous. Distractions can cause drivers to take their hands off the wheel and take their minds away from the task of driving. Drivers operating a vehicle while distracted miss almost half of the information that occurs in their driving environment.
Common Distractions Behind the Wheel
Driving while distracted is almost as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Your mind is distracted, your hands may be doing another task and your reaction time is impaired. If you are reaching behind your seat to grab a map and briefly take your eyes off the road, you may miss something crucial – such as the child running into the road. In 2009 alone, over 440,000 people were hurt in a distracted driving accident and 5,474 people were killed because of a distracted driver.
Drivers’ concentration on the task of safely operating their vehicles can be disrupted by three main types of distraction, all of which can lead to devastating accidents and injuries for passengers and other motorists.
Cognitive Distractions: the driver may have their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, but their mind is not concentrated on the task of driving. Cognitive distractions include:
- Driving while exhausted
- Driving while under extreme stress
- Driving while emotional
- Composing a text
- Speaking to a passenger
- Listening to or speaking to a hands-free phone
Visual Distractions: the driver takes their eyes from the road for a long time or only a few seconds. Visual distractions most often occur because the driver was:
- Reading or writing a text message
- Looking at their phone
- Looking at a map or GPS device
- Looking at passengers
- Looking at something on the side of the road
- Applying makeup, shaving, or grooming in some other way
Manual Distractions: the driver takes one or both hands off of the steering wheel. Manual distractions often result from the driver:
- Answering the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting the radio
- Using any type of handheld device
- Reaching for something in another part of the car
- Searching in the console or glove compartment
If you or a loved one has been injured, it is imperative that you speak with a Houston auto accident attorney as soon as possible. A distracted driver who causes an accident leading to serious injuries may be held liable for the collision.
Representation for the Insurance Claim Process in Texas
If you have been hurt by a reckless distracted driver, you can contact Wyly & Cook, PLLC to receive representation. Over the years, we have been able to help countless individuals and families gain the compensation that they deserve after an accident and we may be able to help you as well. Attorney Wyly has been selected as a Texas Rising Star three consecutive times, including this year. With these impressive accolades, you can turn our trust to Wyly & Cook, PLLC.
If you have questions regarding your specific situation, or you are interested in speaking with an attorney about your accident, contact our firm today to receive a free case evaluation.