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April is a good month to remember victims of distracted driving

The National Safety Council has designated April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," and, in conjunction with this commemoration, has also launched its "Just Drive" campaign. As an organization dedicated to preventing accidental deaths and injuries, the Council is concerned that the uptick in fatal accidents across the country is related to the ongoing problem with distracted driving and is therefore promoting awareness of the problem in an effort to prevent it.

While April is an excellent time for reflection on what people can do to prevent distracted driving, it also presents an opportunity for Houston residents to remember the victims of distracted driving. As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, victims of distracted drivers often suffer serious and catastrophic injuries, including brain damage, burns and paralysis.

It can take a lifetime to recover physically and emotionally from these types of injuries, and the cost of recovery is often exorbitant. Medical bills and related costs alone can run into the tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and lost wages can also quickly add up. A person's overall out-of-pocket losses following a catastrophic accident can easily run in to the millions of dollars.

The problem with distracted driving accidents is that they are preventable; in fact, if motorists, interstate truckers for example, simply followed the law prohibiting most cell phone use behind the wheel, the number of car accidents and truck accidents due to distracted driving would plummet. Unfortunately, many drivers in Texas nonetheless choose to ignore these laws and use their devices while trying to drive.

While no one can undo an accident caused by a distracted truck driver or other inattentive motorist after the fact, victims in the Houston area do have legal options available to them. For example, they can pursue compensation from the distracted driver, or, in the case of a truck accident, the trucking company for which the driver was working at the time of the accident.

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