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Can distracted driving laws really reduce auto accidents?

Most Texas drivers have probably shared the road with a distracted driver at some point. Whether that person was looking at his or her phone, eating, adjusting the radio, reading a billboard or even talking on a hands-free device, any person who is doing something other than keeping his or her focus on the road could be dangerously distracted. To reduce the number of auto accidents caused by distracted driving, many states have implemented certain laws.

It remains to be seen if certain types of legislation could make a definitive difference in the overall number of distraction-related accidents. There is also the possibility that these laws could give people a false sense of safety and security. No matter what laws are in place, the reality is that people still make the choice to engage in reckless and negligent actions behind the wheel.

Many places now have laws that demand drivers use hands-free devices if using a phone while driving. People may think this is safer, but in reality, this can still lead to distraction. When a person is talking, there is the potential for cognitive distraction. This can be just as dangerous as manual or visual distraction.

Auto accidents caused by distraction can lead to injuries or even death for innocent people. Texas law allows for individuals impacted by this type of reckless behavior to seek appropriate compensation through a civil claim. A victim may find it beneficial to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident regarding his or her legal options.

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