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Report: Distracted driving peaks out in summer months

According to a recent report, distracted driving is more common in the summer months than it is at other times of the year. Specifically, the report suggested that, typically, for every hour drivers are behind the wheel, 40 percent of them are distracted for at least 15 minutes. The study concluded that in the summer, the frequency of distracted driving increased by 10 percent.

Experts have suggested a number of causes for this. For one, there is a theory that during the summer, more young drivers are on the road since they do not have to attend school. Younger drivers seem to be more prone to distracted driving, although certainly, the problem with distracted driving runs across all age groups.

Another contributing factor to distracted driving in the summer is that many motorists are on vacation or are traveling for a quick trip to a place like the local lake or, for Houston residents, to a spot on the coast.

As a result, drivers may have more people in the car, and they may also be taking roads with which they are not familiar. It can therefore be tempting to do additional internet searches and the like while also trying to drive.

In any event, as this blog has discussed before, distracted driving, including especially texting and driving and the like, is both illegal in Texas and extremely dangerous for the motorists in this state. Distracted driving has in fact been blamed for the nationwide spike in fatal car accidents, even in the face of modern safety features that come as standard in most new cars.

A distracted driver who causes an accident can and really should be held financially accountable to pay for their victims' medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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