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Distracted drivers are a major concern in Texas

When a person is driving, there are often too many things competing for his or her attention. A driver's focus should be on the road at all times, but for one reason or another, this just does not occur. Distracted drivers simply are a major safety concern in Texas and across the country. Unfortunately, numerous individuals have endured severe hardship and loss due to this sort of behavior.

So, what is distracted driving anyway? Simply put, distracted driving is the action of focusing on anything other than the task at hand, which should be paying attention to the road. It only takes a second or two of not paying attention for an accident to happen. These incidents are more common that most would like to think,and result in thousands of deaths and injuries every year. According to statistics from 2013, just over 3,000 people died in collisions caused by drivers who were not paying attention and another 424,000 individuals suffered injuries.

Public education may be playing a big role in making people aware of this issue. This has resulted in a decrease in the number of individuals negatively affected by this behavior over the years. Still, far too many people are victims in distracted driving related collisions.

Distracted drivers are those who are focused on things like texting, talking with passengers, eating or using navigation systems. It is pretty safe to say that these are things many people do everyday. If an accident occurs, and it is found that the driver believed responsible was distracted in any way, the victim or – in the event of fatality – the victim's loved ones may be entitled to legal recourse. A legal claim that is successfully litigated in a Texas civil court may result in the entry of a monetary judgment in a sum deemed fair and appropriate for any losses sustained.

Source: distraction.gov, "Distracted Driving : Facts And Statistics", Accessed on July 24, 2015

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