Pascoe Law FirmDistracted Drivers
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
In that moment while the driver is distracted it only takes a moment for the driver in front of them to break or for a child to run into the road. According to a report from the NHTSA, 80% of crashes occurred because of a inattentive driver not paying attention 3 seconds before the crash happened. When a driver is texting while driving they are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident. Having a driver reach for an object while driving it increases the risk of a distracted driving accident by 9 times. A woman putting on make-up while driving increases her likelihood of being in a distracted driving accident by 3 times. Additionally in 2011, distracted driving accidents killed 3,332 people and another 378,000 were injured or suffered serious injury from these preventable accidents. Many of these incidents were a crosswalk or pedestrian accident, bicycles bicycle accident, or involved another driver.
Common Causes for Distracted Driving Accidents
Types of Distractions that Cause Car Accidents
Typical types of distracted driving accidents include:
- Eating, drinking and mopping up spills cause accidents,
- Lighting a cigarette,
- Changing a radio station,
- Watching a movie,
- Reading a book or map,
- Putting on makeup, or
- Fiddling with a GPS system
All of the above mentioned activities, and more, can can distract a driver and cause a distracted driver car accident. Distracted driving is an extremely dangerous activity. Anytime a driver is not focused on the road a deadly consequence can occur. Additionally, research states that texting while driving increases the risk of an accident by 23 times. Thousands of people die each year because of a distracted driving accident and millions are injured from these car accidents. Many do know realize how dangerous it is to be distracted while driving on the Texas Roadways. Others might know of the risk but still do not think that they will be in a distracted driving accident. The younger generations (under 20) are the most at risk to be involved in a distracted driving accident and this group makes up about 16% of distracted driving crashes.
Texting and Driving: It Needs to Stop
Our distracted driving accident lawyer is often asked if it is safer to use a hands-free device to talk on the cell phone. Unfortunately, this still can be a distraction which causes the driver to lose focus from the road according to some of the research that is out at this point. However, others have argued that it is similar to holding a conversation with a passenger in the car. Ultimately, the best thing is to remain focus on the road. Many have pledged to drive phone free and to turn off their phone when they turn on their ignition. Additionally, if you are a passenger do not be shy about telling a driver to put down their phone.