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, using a smart phone to browse the internet, looking at road maps, changing radio stations, 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 eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel and 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 looking at a smart phone 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
- Speaking to a passenger
- Listening to or speaking to a hands-free phone
Visual Distractions: the driver takes their eyes off 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.
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We have helped thousands of individuals and families gain the compensation they deserve after car wrecks caused by distracted drivers. Our car accident attorneys have years of experience representing clients injured in car accidents. Attorneys Brad Wyly and Kelly Cook have earned many distinctions in their legal careers including being recognized multiple times by their peers as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the Texas legal community. These are honors only 2.5% of Texas attorneys obtain. You can trust Wyly & Cook, PLLC’s attorneys to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
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