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Distracted driving must be prevented at all times

Whether the weather is clear or not, driving in the Houston area is dangerous. When you throw distracted drivers into the equation, the danger shoots up dramatically. This is why it is imperative that all drivers on the road give their full attention to controlling their vehicles instead of worrying about anything else.

Distracted driving can easily be prevented if all drivers put forth a little bit of effort. The easiest way to do this is to simply avoid doing anything that is going to take your mind, eyes or abilities off of the road.

Smartphones are a huge factor

Smartphones are a big factor in the distracted driving problem. AT&T published a study that noted around 70 percent of drivers use a smartphone while they are driving. The most common activity for these drivers is checking their social media accounts. Some will browse the internet and others will have video chats, all while they are driving. All of these are very dangerous activities.

Texting is another big factor

Any driver who texts, whether with a smartphone or not, poses a risk to other drivers. The average text takes a driver's attention off the road for approximately five seconds. This is the amount of time that it takes for a car that is moving 55 miles per hour to go the full length of a football field. Think about the number of accidents that could occur during the short five second time period.

A hazard for truckers

If you think that it is bad when car drivers are distracted, think about the devastation that can occur if the driver who is distracted is behind the wheel of a big rig. It is suggested that these truckers keep their phones in the glove box. Using hands-free options is also advisable. There are laws that forbid truckers from using phones while driving, so these must be adhered to at all times.

Other distractions for all drivers

Eating, drinking, changing the radio station and adjusting climate control are all distractions that drivers can face. Reading billboards, looking at GPS devices and talking to other occupants in the vehicle are also hazardous.

When distractions are a factor in a crash, the victims of the accidents can opt to pursue claims for compensation. This might be a challenging aspect of the case to prove. Looking into the circumstances is beneficial as you might be able to find ways that you can prove a distraction contributed to the crash.

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