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Why is distracted driving the leading cause of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle fatalities occur at a higher rate than any other type of accidents on the road, according to the GHSA (Governors Highway Safety Association). Among the biggest reasons for this is the rise of distracted drivers in recent years. The explosion of social media and the internet, as well as the daily multitasking that people are now used to can be lethal on the road, where one’s attention should be focused solely on driving safely.

If you have been the victim of a distracted driver, Willie Powells can help you to recover damages and seek compensation for your injuries and anguish.

What causes motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle riders experience bullying on the road, and regularly have their rights ignored. They may get sideswiped, hit dead on, or have a car turn in front of them without warning. Willie Powells represents motorcycle riders who were hit by drivers that were:

  • Using social media
  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Dealing with a pet or child in the back
  • Eating or drinking
  • Listening to music
  • Using a navigation system
  • Reading
  • Grooming themselves in the mirror

What is technically distracted driving?

Distracted driving is defined by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), distracted driving falls into 3 categories:

  • Visual: A driver takes their eyes off the road
  • Manual: A driver takes their hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: A driver takes their mind off the task of operating the vehicle

Distracted driving may include smoking, adjusting a radio, adjusting the heat or AC, looking for items in the car, using GPS, fixing one’s hair or makeup, talking on the phone or to other passengers, eating or drinking, texting, playing games, or using social media.

What are Houston's distracted driving laws?

Texas has banned the use of cell phones and other handheld devices while driving due to the huge amount of accidents caused by distracted driving. However, people still continue to use their phones despite evidence of the immense danger and steep fines.

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- A.R.

Fault considerations

Most people know nothing about motorcycle riding, and assume the biker was at fault in an accident due to ignorance. If you’ve been injured by a vehicle in a motorcycle accident, legal consultation with Willie Powells can help to determine the best path forward and get you the compensation you deserve. When it comes to distracted driving cases, it’s never clear cut, so a trained and experienced lawyer is invaluable.

Why choose Willie D. Powells?

Accidents can be traumatizing, and it can be difficult to sort out the proper response. Working with a caring and skilled attorney such as Willie Powells will give you the best chance at taking care of your interests and receiving the compensation you need to pay for injuries and property damage. Willie Powells is among Houston’s most sought after attorneys, chosen for his integrity, dedication and desire to always go the extra mile for his clients.

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