Distracted driving is a huge public safety concern that has reached epidemic levels in this country. According to the National Safety Council, texting and driving, one of the biggest sources of distraction on the road today, is responsible for 330,000 injuries each year. AAA reports that texting and driving results in 5,000 preventable deaths annually. However, texting and driving is only one source of distraction – there are many others that are just as dangerous.
Common sources of distraction behind the wheel include:
- Reaching for an object
- Eating and drinking
- Looking at GPS devices
- Listening to overly loud music
- Using car infotainment systems
Anything that takes a driver's cognitive, visual, or manual focus off of the primary task of driving can drastically increase their chance of getting into an accident. Unfortunately, many drivers continue to drive with distractions believing that they will never get into an accident. This puts not only their own safety in jeopardy but the safety of other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians as well. This negligent behavior can make them liable in the event of an accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be eligible for compensation. We encourage you to get in touch with a Beaumont car accident lawyer at The Daspit Law Firm to learn more about your legal rights after a preventable accident. With the help of an experienced and highly-qualified attorney at our firm, you may be able to recover money for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost companionship and support, and more.
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