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Distracted driving isn't just a problem with cell phones

As this blog has mentioned in previous posts, Texas has of late been more proactive about cracking down on motorists in this state who choose to text and drive or otherwise talk on their cell phones in a dangerous manner as they speed down the road.

This no doubt because a lot of serious car accidents happen when a Houston driver takes his or her eyes off the road to send or receive a text, even if the whole process only takes a split second. People who engage in this type of distracted driving can and should be held accountable both in traffic court and, if they injure someone, a personal injury case.

However, with all the talk about texting and driving, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that there are a number of ways a Texas driver can be distracted that have little or nothing to do with mobile phones.

For instance, a recent report found that, when it came to fatal distracted driving accidents, the most common distraction was just "daydreaming." In other words, there was no particular distraction involved; the distracted driver was just not paying attention to his or her driving. Daydreaming factored in to over 60 percent of all fatal distracted driving accidents. Cell phones were the second leading cause of these types of accidents, contributing to 14 percent of them.

Distracted driving is dangerous and irresponsible behavior and it does not matter whether the driver was talking on his or her cell phone, reaching for something, talking to a passenger or just letting his or her mind wander. No matter the precise cause, a distracted driver should in fairness be held accountable to pay his or her victims' medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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