Drivers in Texas often engage in distracted driving habits that could cause serious and deadly car accidents. In the age of connectivity, more drivers are multitasking behind the wheel. Most underestimate the life-threatening risks this practice can have.
A distracted driver could cause a rear-end collision, pedestrian accident, T-bone accident or another type of serious crash in Arlington. Victims of these accidents may have the right to file negligence lawsuits against the distracted drivers in pursuit of damages.
Distracted driving accident statistics
Distracted driving is a major problem in Texas. In 2018, distracted drivers caused around 95,600 car accidents in the Lone Star State. This accounted for 18% of all the state’s motor vehicle crashes in 2018. These accidents caused almost 2,500 serious injuries and 400 deaths. Throughout the country, over 3,100 people lost their lives in distracted driving crashes in 2017.
Most common causes of driver distraction
Despite an increase in public awareness of the risks, driver distraction continues to be one of the main causes of car accidents in Arlington. Drivers often overestimate their abilities to multitask behind the wheel, assuming they can answer texts or fiddle with the radio without causing car accidents. Some of the most common causes of driver distraction include the following:
- Operating a cellphone
- Eating and drinking
- Using maps, GPS systems and radios
- Chatting with passengers
- Looking at external distractions, such as car accidents
Texting and driving can take the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off the driving task. This can make it impossible for the driver to safely react to changing roadway situations, such as a stopped vehicle or crossing pedestrian. It is against the law for drivers to use handheld devices in Texas. Yet every day, hundreds of Texans text and drive and endanger the lives of others. Distracted drivers could be liable for paying for victims’ damages after causing serious crashes in Texas.