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Whether you’re running errands or just enjoying a Sunday drive, getting behind the wheel can be extremely dangerous if you come in contact with a distracted driver. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in car accidents caused by distracted driving.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) divides distracted driving into three categories: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off the task of driving).
Any driver can be susceptible to distractions while driving. Certain types of distractions are more likely for certain age groups. Texting while driving is often thought to mostly affect teenagers, but a poll from the Pew Research Center discovered that adults are actually more likely to text and drive than teenagers. While teenagers are slightly less likely to text and drive, they do have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatalities.
When a driver engages in a distracted behavior while driving, they put themselves, any passengers, and other motorists at risk. Car accidents caused by distracted drivers can cause 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/or specialized medical equipment. In addition to the cost of medical treatment, many victims are unable to go back to work and suffer from lost wages.
After a distracted driving car accident, many victims are overwhelmed with the financial burden of medical treatment. An experienced Houston distracted driving accident attorney at Adame Garza LLP can analyze the details of your situation and help you obtain full compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for working with us and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.