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Distracted driving makes serious accidents far more likely

This blog has repeatedly warned about the dangers distracted driving poses to Houston motorists as well as motorists and pedestrians throughout the State of Texas.

Additional recent statistics serve only to confirm that this very dangerous and easily preventable behavior must stop, and those who continue to engage in it and cause car accidents as a result should be held financially accountable.

Unfortunately, despite all the warnings against such behavior, about 1 in 3 drivers are in the habit of texting while driving, as it is apparently quite tempting to send an instant message or email or even quickly look something up online while driving.

Among teen drivers, the problem may be even more prevalent, as around 40 percent of teens report seeing a driver use a cell phone while driving in such a way that others were endangered.

This problem is not without consequences. Almost 20 percent of all injury accidents involved distracted driving of some type, which is not surprising given that any driver who chooses to text and drive makes themselves 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Many of these accidents are serious, with 9 people dying each day in this country because of a distracted driver. This amounts to over 3,000 people a year.

There is simply no excuse for distracted driving, which is both illegal in Texas and, as these statistics show, extremely dangerous behavior. Victims of distracted drivers should not hesitate to hold such people fully accountable to pay for the individual victim's medical bills, lost wages and other damages. A Houston area personal injury attorney can be very helpful in this respect.

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