Distracted driving represents a serious danger to commuters, pedestrians and bicyclists in Texas. Sometimes, a driver only has a split-second to react to avoid a crash. When the driver suffers from distractions, preventing the collision could prove impossible. A new campaign to address distracted driving hopes to decrease the number of distraction-related collisions.
The new approach
Distracted driving refers to any behaviors that divert attention and cognition. Carrying on a phone conversation or rubbernecking are examples of such behaviors. Some forms of distracted driving are manual, meaning the driver’s hands are occupied, such as when combing their hair or drinking coffee behind the wheel.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performed a study that shows a multifaceted approach may help reduce distracted driving incidents. Increased vigilance by law enforcement might lead to stopping cars where the driver is texting or otherwise not driving safely. However, the police cannot be everywhere. If friends and family performed interventions with drivers known for risky and distracting behavior, the driver might pay more attention to the road.
Deadly distracted driving
Statistics reveal that distracted driving contributed to 3,000 deaths in 2020, representing 8% of all traffic deaths. So, any attempts to reduce distracted driving incidents could be life-saving. Parents who stress to their children how dangerous distracted driving is might do their part in helping to reduce motor vehicle accidents.
Stronger laws may help the cause, as some drivers might adjust their behavior to avoid a ticket. Unfortunately, many drivers are reckless, and some may feel they can multitask behind the wheel. These drivers could become responsible for a fatal accident.
Anyone liable for another person’s injury or death would likely face a personal injury lawsuit. Engaging in distracting behaviors could be legally negligent, leaving the defendant facing a potentially significant judgment.