Texas readers know that distracted driving will continue to be a problem, despite the fact that drivers are aware of the risk and danger of engaging in that type of behavior. While it may seem that it is impossible to decrease the number of drivers who drive while distracted, it is possible to hold these individuals accountable when they cause harm to others.
Statistics regarding distracted driving are sobering. They indicate that as many as 10 people die every day due to distraction, and another 1,000 suffer injuries. Unlike drunk driving, distracted driving is more socially acceptable, and there are a significant number of people who believe they can text and drive without causing harm. If you suffered harm because of this type of dangerous behavior, you have the right to pursue compensation through a civil claim.
Varying perspectives on this type of dangerous behavior
Despite the clear danger of distracted driving, people view this behavior in different ways. Consider the following:
- Many adults view distracted driving as risky or dangerous, while younger drivers characterize this behavior as selfish and irresponsible.
- Adults tend to judge distracted driving based the details of the situation, while younger drivers tend to judge the driver for his or her behavior.
- Younger drivers may be more likely than older to emphasize personal accountability for distracted driving.
A study into the differing perspectives on distracted driving concludes that while many people may misunderstand the riskiness in driving while distracted, a significant problem lies in communicating exactly what that risk means.
Essentially, reducing distracted driving could come down to encouraging people to making that decision for themselves and then to encourage others to do the same. There is evidence to suggest that when asked by someone with whom there is a strong personal connection to refrain, a driver is less likely to engage in distracting behavior while operating a vehicle.
Holding distracted drivers accountable
One way to discourage continued distracted driving is to hold individuals accountable for their irresponsible and reckless actions. If you suffered because of a distracted driver, you have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim. By filing a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover your losses associated with your medical bills and other expenses.
After a car accident, you may be unsure if distracted driving really played a role in what happened to you or how you can build a strong case, but you don't have to do this alone. You can start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case as soon as possible after your accident.