Distracted driving accidents can cause a variety of different types of harm to victims. Thousands of warnings and tickets against distracted driving have been issued in Texas. In total, Texas authorities issues 6,171 warnings and 2,022 tickets for drivers texting while driving during a nearly one- and-a-half-year period. The number traffic accidents, it was recently reported, went down in Texas for the first time in years. In the past year, traffic deaths have dropped 4 percent from 3,720 in 2017 to 3,567 in 2018. The new law in the state banning texting while driving is thought to have had some impact.
Texting and driving is considered a particularly dangerous of the different distracted driving behaviors drivers engage in. It is recommended that drivers keep their eyes on the roadway at all times and avoid trying to multi task while driving. Distracted driving behaviors refer to any activity that removes the driver’s eyes from the roadway, hands from the wheel or focus and attention from the task of driving. Distracted driving is dangerous and can result in serious accidents, injuries and fatalities.
Victims of distracted driving accidents should be familiar with the resources available to help them when they have been injured in a distracted driving-related accident. If a careless or negligent distracted driver has caused a car accident, they may be liable to compensate the victim or the victim’s family for their damages depending on the circumstances. A personal injury claim for damages or wrongful death claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Victims of distracted driving-related car accidents may need help with medical expenses, lost wages and the emotional damages associated with a distracted driving-related car accident. The legal process provides protections to help victims who have suffered unexpected harm in a distracted driving-related car accident.