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If it were not for Someone Else’s Negligent Behavior, You would not have been in a Serious Wreck and would not have Sustained Injuries

If it were not for Someone Else’s Negligent Behavior, You would not have been in a Serious Wreck and would not have Sustained Injuries

If something distracts you or catches your attention while you are behind the wheel, causing you to veer your focus on that thing rather than on the road ahead, then something unpleasant may just likely happen.

According to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aside from driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), there are other forms of dangerous road behavior which continue to compromise the safety of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders. These are reckless driving, overspeeding or driving at a speed that is unsafe due to poor road condition, and distracted driving, which is now major threat on the road too.

Distracted driving takes many different forms, so many of which are very ordinary acts, making drivers fail to realize that they are already being distracted. These include: talking or arguing with a passenger; eating; reaching for an object, like from the back seat of the car, causing a driver to look away from the road as well as take one hand off the wheel; adjusting a car radio or a GPS device; using a laptop; reading a map for directions; playing with a child or a pet; applying make-up; fixing a tie; lighting a cigarette; and so forth. One form of distracted driving that has worsened over the years, though, is cell phone use, whether to text, call someone or answer a call. In fact, cell phone use is identified as the worst and most dangerous form of distracted driving so many drivers are guilty of.

According to the website DISTRACTION.GOV: Official U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving, the average time that a person takes his/her eyes off the road while texting is five seconds; at 55 miles per hour, a person can also drive through a football field at this same length of time.

Based on National Safety Council records, as many as 1.6 million car crashes, due to cell phone use, occur on U.S. roads and highways annually. These crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), translate to 1,153 injuries and 9 deaths every day. But while those guilty of the act of using a cell phone while driving include drivers of all ages, majority of them are found to be young drivers, aged between 17 and 24; these same people confessed to have been texting someone when they crashed.

The Williams Kherkher law firm says, “For a country that relies so heavily on automobiles, our ability to drive safely is quite easily and frequently compromised by various distractions. Drivers who engage in other activities while driving take a portion of the attention they should afford to the road and exhaust it on something else. The effects of distracted driving can be disastrous and result in serious injury or even death.

The state of Texan, according to Benton Law Firm, “has one of the worst records in the country for car accidents. In 2012, there were around 63,000 serious injury crashes in the state, with 87,000 people sustaining serious injuries from these crashes. Large cities such as Dallas, Houston, and Austin have begun “no refusal weekends” as an effort to combat drunk driving crashes. During these weekends, law enforcement officers can pull over suspected drunk drivers and have a magistrate on speed dial who will approve a warrant for a blood test to test the driver’s blood alcohol content level. This has had a tremendous impact at curbing drunk driving accidents during major holiday weekends such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.

Speeding, driver distraction, failure to drive in a single lane, driving under the influence, and driving under the speed limit are several of the top contributing factors for serious accidents. If a driver participating in any of these factors caused an accident which resulted in injuries to yourself or family members, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, because if it were not for the driver’s negligent behavior, you would not have been in a serious wreck and would not have sustained injuries.”

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