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Whether you realize it or not, we’ve all had our own instances with distracted driving. It could be chatting on the phone with your significant other about dinner plans, changing the song that’s playing on the radio, or even sending one quick text at a stoplight. While these may seem like rather innocuous behaviors we engage in on a daily basis, they are actually extremely dangerous activities. In 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured due to distracted drivers on the roadways.
Now, recent statistics compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation show an uptick of deadly accidents between 2016 and 2017. In Harris County, there were 21 deadly distracted driving crashes in 2017. While this may not seem like that high of a number, it’s an overall increase of 67 percent from the previous year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) divides distracted driving into three categories: visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions. These can range from simply not having your mind on the task of driving to even taking your hands off of the steering wheel.
When drivers engage in distracted behaviors, they put themselves, any passengers, and other motorists in danger. Accidents caused by distracted drivers can result in devastating injuries, like neck and back injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), paralysis, broken bones, lacerations, whiplash, or even death. Severe injuries could require months or years of additional surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and even specialized medical equipment. In addition to the cost of medical treatment, many victims are unable to go back to work and can suffer ongoing financial damages due to lost wages.
AAA offers a few driving guidelines for motorists to follow in order to prevent instances of distracted driving:
If you are involved in a distracted driving accident, the experienced Houston distracted driving accident attorneys at Adame Garza LLP can analyze the details of your case and help you obtain full compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation.