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Even short distractions while driving can be deadly

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Driving is a major responsibility that must be taken seriously. It’s up to each driver on the road to ensure they’re keeping their focus on the road. Failing to do so can put them and others around them in serious danger. Distracted driving claims an average of eight lives per day in this country. 

Distractions can come from many events, including checking a phone or looking at a billboard. Anything that makes the driver take their mind off driving, eyes off the road, or hands off the wheel is considered a distraction. Even if a task only makes the driver do one of those three actions, it’s still considered a distraction. 

Why are short distractions dangerous?

It’s easy to think that nothing will happen in the few seconds it takes to check a text message or change the climate control settings. That misthinking can be deadly. It takes an average of five seconds to read or send a text message. In that time, a vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour will go the entire distance of a regulation football field. That’s a considerable distance to drive without actually paying attention to the road. It’s like driving it blindfolded. 

People who have been struck by a drunk driver should ensure they understand their rights. One of these is to seek compensation for the damages they incur because of their injuries. The medical bills alone can be financially devastating. Plus, they sometimes must take time off work. Texas law sets specific limits for how long these victims have to file a legal claim, so swift action is necessary.