Distracted driving accidents are n the rise acros the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. If you have been injured in a wreck caused by a negligent driver, it is important that you consult with a board certified personal injury lawyer who will be able to explain your legal rights to compensation.
Distractions in Everyday Driving
Our roads around the DFW metroplex area are very busy, and we stay busy behind the wheel as well. Busy roads and busy drivers lead to car wreck injuries. The average time one spends in their car is about an hour and fifteen minutes and these days there are numerous distractions that are in front of us while we are driving. Experts estimate that while one is driving they are potentially distracted 15 percent of the time the vehicle is in motion. When you are driving you are already doing more than one thing whether you know it or not. I put together a list of five components that one does while driving:
1) Operating a piece of heavy machinery at high speeds
2) Calculating speeds and distances
3) Being aware of other drivers around you
4) Navigating across changing terrain
5) Responding to obstacles that could come on the road
Different Distractions, Same Results
There are three different forms of distractions that could cause a car accident: Physical, mental, and combined.
Physical Distractions cause you to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. For example, eating would cause you to get your sandwich out of a bag and could even block part of your vision as you eat it. These distractions take focus off the road and slow down your time to respond.
Mental Distractions take your mind off the job of driving. For example talking to a passenger or even someone on the cell phone- your mind can become absorbed in the conversation and take your focus off driving.
Combination Distractions have both physical and mental elements. For example changing a CD while driving: You have to get the right CD in your hand, get it out of the case, glance down to eject it in the right way, and press play. As you do all that your eyes leave the road, your hands leave the controls, and your mind must coordinate all the action.
At the Anderson Law Firm, we are accustomed to dealing with these types of motor vehicle collisions. We have handled many cases against distracted drivers in the past. If you have any questions about an injury in a car accident from a distracted driver, please call us toll free at 817-294-1900 for a free consultation.
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