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How dangerous are distracted drivers?

We all have heard about the dangers of distracted driving. With the popularity of smartphones, tablets and social media to keep today's generation seemingly glued to their devices, it comes as no surprise to many in Texas that distracted driving and subsequent serious, catastrophic and even deadly accidents have become almost an epidemic throughout the country.

According to research from the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 distracted driving led to the deaths of nearly 3,500 Americans, 3,477 to be exact.

Distracted driving can take many forms aside from just texting and driving. This includes fidgeting with the radio, eating or drinking while driving and chatting or messing with other passengers in the car. Even just losing focus for just a moment could cause an accident. To put things into perspective, travelling 55 miles per hour on the roads and taking your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds means that you have traveled over the length of a football field. A lot can happen within that space.

Although many accidents throughout the United States including those from the Houston, Texas, area are relatively minor, any car accident could lead to serious or even catastrophic injuries. Accident victims will have a difficult enough time recovering from their injuries. During these times, it might be in their best interests to reach out to a personal injury law firm to see whether they could pursue compensation for their injuries. Compensation could include not only payment for property damage, but could also cover pain and suffering, medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, as well as lost wages.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Distracted Driving," Accessed on July 3, 2017

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