Distracted driving occurs when the driver of a motor vehicle performs some activity that takes concentration and focus away from the primary task of driving. Distracted driving is a serious epidemic in the United States. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 over 3000 people died in crashes involving distracted driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, this troubling trend persists in the state of Texas where nearly one in four crashes involves a distracted driver.
Distracted driving is very dangerous and puts the driver, passengers, pedestrians and occupants of other motor vehicles in serious peril. The following are some activities that can distract the driver of a motor vehicle:
- Watching a video
- Eating or drinking
- Sending a text message
- Talking with vehicle passengers
- Changing the radio, CD player or MP3 player
- Talking on a cell phone or using a smartphone
- Personal grooming such as shaving or applying makeup
- Reading a map or using a Global Positioning System (GPS) or other type of navigation system
While all of the distracted driving activities are dangerous, experts maintain that texting is the most dangerous of all distracted driver behaviors. In order to send a text message, the driver must look at the screen with both eyes, think about the message they are typing and type with at least one hand. That means they are distracted in three different ways at once.
Distracted driving kills people in Georgetown and around the country. Some people do not know how dangerous this practice is. Others know distracted driving is dangerous but choose to do it anyway. If you are seriously injured in a car accident due to a distracted, careless or negligent driver, contact Austin car crash lawyer David Todd. The number is 512-472-7799 and the consultation is free. Additionally, you can download a free copy of the book How to Choose a Texas Car Wreck Lawyer for more information.