How many times have you shared a roadway in Texas with someone distracted behind the wheel? It probably happens more often than you think. Distracted driving causes problems in most states, and laws vary as to how it's defined. Some states say it includes any unnecessary behavior while driving that takes your attention off the road and could potentially impair your ability to keep yourself and others safe.
It's easier than you think to become distracted while driving. From glancing at an interesting billboard on the side of the road, to those who think highway travel is the perfect time to take selfies, such negligence often results in a collision.
Common distractions that often lead to accidents
Perhaps you and your child were on your way to the movies, or somewhere special for your night out together, when you noticed a car in your vicinity swaying and veering from side to side in its lane. You probably weren't surprised when you then noticed the driver was using his or her thumbs to send a text message. This and the following list of distractions frequently end up being causal factors in serious motor vehicle accidents:
- Lunch break behind the wheel: Many motorists eat and drink while driving, which may impede their reaction time or otherwise impair their ability to drive safely.
- Electronic devices: Whether a driver changes a radio dial, uses a cell phone or reaches for GPS equipment, anytime a driver takes his or her eyes off the road and hands off the wheel, everyone nearby ends up at risk.
- Daydreaming: This can be quite an enjoyable activity when lying on the beach or sitting on one's front porch; however, daydreaming while driving is a recipe for disaster!
- Socializing: It's best to wait until you safely reach your destination to interact with your passengers. Twisting around to speak to people in the back seat, passing items back and forth, or any other type of horseplay while driving can lead to catastrophic injury.
Even if you do everything in your power to keep you and your child safe, there's no way to control another motorist's actions. When you least expect it, a distracted driver may slam into your vehicle, ruin your special night out, and quite possibly change your lives forever. Few people can fathom what it feels like to witness a child's suffering unless you experience it. A parent often feels completely helpless and desperate in such situations. Although, you're obviously thankful your child survived, the road to recovery may be long and arduous.
Until the time of your child's injury, you were probably like many other Texas families who simply do their best to take care of their loved ones and enjoy interaction with their neighbors and communities. Suddenly, you face exorbitant medical expenses, months of physical therapy, or a lifelong need for living assistance for severe injuries, which leaves you feeling overwhelmed and in need of financial support to help make ends meet. A personal injury attorney can help parents in need obtain monetary recovery for their losses.