When a driver is behind the wheel, his or her primary responsibility should be focusing on the task at hand, which is the safe operation of the vehicle. Unfortunately, poor driver behaviors and problematic habits have increased in recent years, making it more likely that preventable accidents will happen in Texas and across the country. Statistics indicate that around 400,000 accident injuries each year are the result of distracted or reckless driving.
Why the increase in poor driving behaviors?
When asked, most drivers explain they have seen an increase in bad driving decisions over the last few years. This includes looking away from the road, adjusting the radio, using phones, speeding and more. Distraction is particularly concerning because studies find that a person’s brain can stay distracted for up to 27 seconds after using a phone.
Drivers also note that they have noticed an increase in the number of aggressive and angry drivers. They have stated that drivers are more likely now to speed, follow too closely and react aggressively to other drivers. If drivers adhered to the speed limit, avoided distracting behaviors and gave each vehicle appropriate space, it would greatly reduce the number of accidents.
The rights of accident victims
Those injured in accidents caused by other drivers have the right to pursue legal recourse. If a Texas driver is responsible for a crash that left an innocent motorist with injuries, the victim may seek compensation and damages through a civil claim. It may be helpful to first discuss this option with an experienced personal injury attorney.