If asked, most of us would say we are pretty safe drivers. Why is it then that accident happen? If we are all driving according to acceptable safety standards, shouldn’t it follow that car wrecks should not be at an all-time high? The answer likely lies in the fact that most people don’t view themselves the same as others do, and when the topic is one about personal habits or behavior, most people tend to see their actions as acceptable. Sometimes a quick self-assessment can help identify areas of opportunity, where you can work to improve your habits.
In the area of driving, of notable concern is to driver without distraction. We all know that texting and driving is considered distracted driving, but have you ever wondered what other activities classify as driving while distracted? Here is a short list of things that are considered distracted driving:
- Using a cell phone while driving, even if the use is not related to texting or surfing the web, and is done with the phone’s “hands free” feature.
- Disciplining children while driving.
- Engaging the car’s GPS while the car is in motion.
- Constantly changing radio stations.
- Looking for items in purses, backpacks, luggage, or briefcases while driving.
- Taking your eyes of the road to engage in conversation with passengers or read maps for prolonged periods of time.
Many states have laws that prohibit certain forms of distracted driving, such as use of a cell phone, and for those that don’t there are social programs in place to raise awareness of this growing problem. If you are involved in an accident with a driver who is distracted, you should take steps to hold that driver accountable and send a message that this type of behavior is unacceptable. We can help develop a strategy for your case that seeks a full and fair compensation for your injuries, while also highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.
If you have questions about injuries caused by a distracted driver, attorney Robert Greening has the answers. Call a Dallas, Texas personal injury attorney today.