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Why is it dangerous to drive while distracted?

Modern Americans are busier than ever. As the struggle to keep up with their careers, stay on top of their family commitments and maintain their relationships with their friends, they may struggle to balance all of the tasks that they must complete in any given day. For this reason, Texas residents can look for opportunities to multitask so that they can get more done in less time.

One dangerous way that some individuals try to fit more into their busy schedules is to do other things while they are driving. They may feel that driving is a passive activity and a good time to make phone calls, send emails or even take care of their personal grooming. This assumption is wrong - driving is an active practice that requires a driver's full attention.

Any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the road may be considered a distraction. Cell phones are a major cause of distractions for drivers since they enable individuals to stay connected no matter where they are. Laws limit how individuals may use phones and other handheld devices while they are in their cars and these laws are designed to protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

A driver's first priority should be to maintain the safe operation of their vehicle. If they cannot do that while talking to others, eating their lunch or finding the right music, they should stop whatever secondary activities they are engaged in and turn their full focus onto the road. The failure of a driver to eliminate distractions from their driving may result in ga dangerous and damaging motor vehicle accident that can cost others their lives. Those harmed by a distracted driver may have legal recourses. A personal injury action could help hold a negligent driver liable and assist with the recovery of compensation for damages suffered.

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