Distracted driving accidents have caused a lot of injuries and fatalities in the state of Texas. In 2008 alone, it was reported by NHTSA or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 16 percent of all serious crashes were caused by drivers who were distracted in some ways. Driving is an activity that needs the full concentration of the driver and if the person engages in other non-driving activities such as reading, talking with passengers and calling or texting on the cell phone, his or her concentration is compromised. The use of cell phone is particularly notorious for causing a lot of accidents. At present, various studies have examined the effects that texting have on drivers and the one conclusion that seems to be present in all of them is that the activity impairs the ability of the driver.

In a study done by Pew Internet and American Life Project in 2009, 34 percent of teen drivers texted while driving and 47 percent of the adults admitted to texting while driving. The same study also stated that around half of the teenagers and three fourths of the adults said they engaged in phone conversations while behind the wheel.

A driver who texts while behind the wheel has to avert his eyes off the road for about five seconds to see what he is doing with his cell phone. In that short span of time, a person could come in front of his car, the traffic light could change or another vehicle in front can stop suddenly. Texting also takes the mind of the driver off the road and into the text message, he or she is composing or reading. Because of this, the reflexes of the driver are compromised and the ability to think quickly is impaired. Thus, driver reaction time tends to be slow, contributing to distracted driving accidents.

Distracted driving accidents result from various activities but the most common are visual distractions, which can happen whenever you take your eyes off the road, manual distractions that happen when the hands are taken off the wheel and cognitive distractions, which result from the mind being diverted from the task of driving the car. Other forms of distractions that can lead to a fatal car accident include drinking or eating while behind the wheel, applying makeup or combing hair, watching video and adjusting the radio.

If you or a member of your family suffered an injury due to distracted driving accidents, the distracted driver can be held accountable for his actions. If you are in Sachse, contact us at The Goolsby Law Firm and we will give you the necessary legal help that will ensure that your claim will have a fair conclusion. I, attorney Mike Goolsby, am familiar with the damages that distracted driving can cause and strongly believes that a distracted driver must be punished for negligence. If you think that a distracted driver caused your injuries, call us to discuss your case at The Goolsby Law Firm today. We work on contingent fee basis so you do not have to pay us anything unless we are successful in recovering damages for you.

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