Texas drivers are responsible for the choices they make while behind the wheel. If a driver causes an accident due to reckless or negligent behavior, such as distracted driving, innocent motorists may pay the price. Distraction is one of the leading safety concerns for authorities as it is one of the leading causes of accidents. Safe driving advocates say that one-way drivers can prevent distraction is through the use of the Do Not Disturb function on their phones.
Ignoring incoming calls and texts
There are different sources of distraction that a driver may encounter, including in-car infotainment systems, talking with a passenger, looking at a billboard, taking a sip of coffee and more. However, phones continue to be the primary source of distraction that may take a driver’s attention from the task at hand. Some drivers may have a hard time ignoring a call or text that comes in while driving.
According to the National Distracted Driving Coalition, more drivers should use the DND function on their phones. This would silence all notifications, including ringing and text alerts. The group says that this simple action could help reduce distraction-related accidents.
Victims of distracted driving accidents
Drivers are accountable for the damage they cause due to distraction. Even quickly reading a text or answering a call could have devastating consequences, and those who are suffering because of the actions of another driver have legal options. The Texas legal justice system provides options to those who are suffering from injuries they suffered in a distracted driving accident.