In 2014, more than 3,170 people died in distracted driving accidents, and at least 431,000 sustained injuries, according to Distraction.gov. Texting, chatting with passengers, adjusting your GPS – these seemingly benign actions can have deadly consequences behind the wheel.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration groups all driver distractions into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions because it falls into all three categories.
Unfortunately, no matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. If you were injured by a distracted motorist in Texas, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm.
Luke Dow is a board-certified auto accident attorney in Austin who will help you pursue the maximum compensation. Mr. Dow will help you avoid costly mistakes such as overlooking certain damages or making recorded statements to insurance adjusters.
Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about car accident claims in Texas.
Read on to learn about five common causes of distracted driving crashes:
- Cell Phone Use
- Interacting with Passengers
- Eating or Drinking
One study in the United Kingdom revealed that, within the past year, 62 percent of drivers had eaten behind the wheel. If you look away from the road for just two seconds while travelling 55 mph, you will have travelled at least 50 yards.
If you were hurt or lost a family member due to a distracted driver in Texas, contact an Austin injury lawyer from The Luke Dow Law Firm. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free initial consultation.