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Auto accidents caused by older drivers often due to distraction

Distraction is a major safety concern to Texas drivers and others across the country. One of the main sources of this dangerous behavior is the use of cellphones. Studies have found that for elderly individuals, distracted driving is a significant issue. Any time a person is not focused on safe driving, he or she is at an elevated risk of causing auto accidents. 

With Bluetooth technology, many phones automatically connect with the vehicle. This allows a driver to control certain phone functions with voice commands, but this is not always safer than holding the phone. Cognitive distraction happens when a person is focused on something else, and it can be dangerous even when both hands are on the wheel. While elderly drivers may take advantage of these tools, they can still be driving while distracted

Studies show that when elderly drivers take their eyes off the road to look at a phone, they are likely to do so for more seconds than younger drivers. In fact, drivers between the ages of 55 to 75 look at their phones for an average of eight seconds longer than drivers age 21 to 36. No matter a person's age, he or she is responsible for choices made while driving. 

When auto accidents are caused by distracted driving, Texas victims have rights. Through a personal injury claim, it may be possible for a victim to secure compensation for monetary losses. Distracted driving is unacceptable, and it is possible to hold responsible parties fully accountable through the state's civil justice system.

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