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How distraction is impacting the rate of auto accidents

Texas drivers have probably noticed the impact of distracted driving while on the road. Most people have probably seen another driver texting, looking at his or her phone, putting on make-up or eating while driving. These drivers are probably driving at erratic speeds, swerving and placing everyone else at an increased risk for an accident. There is clear evidence that distracted driving has had a significant impact on the overall rate of auto accidents. 

Statistics indicate that about nine people die each day in accidents related to distracted driving. In 2017, over 3,100 people died in accidents in the United States because of some form of distraction. More statistics indicate that in a significant number of fatal accidents, the driver was doing something other than driving at the time of the crash, often engaging in a distracting behavior

Distracted driving places everyone on the road, as well as those outside the vehicle, at an increased chance of an accident. Cyclists, pedestrians, road construction workers and others can also suffer the consequences of this type of negligent behavior. Even a moment of distraction can lead to devastating consequences that can change a victim's life forever. 

There is no excuse for a driver to engage in this type of behavior while behind the wheel. Texas law allows victims of distracted driving auto accidents to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. It can be helpful to learn more about how to move forward with this option as soon as possible after a crash with a distracted driver. 

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