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What are the Leading Causes of Distracted and Aggressive Driving in Texas?

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Over half a million vehicle crashes happen in Texas every year and 18% of those are caused by distracted driving. In 2018, approximately 100, 000 crashes caused 394 deaths and 2,340 severe injuries in Texas. On the other hand, aggressive driving has also led to some crashes. According to NHTSA, aggressive driving is exhibiting behaviours and traffic offenses that endanger other people or their property. Aggressive driving can be exhibited by speeding, carelessly interchanging lanes, tailgating and making threatening gestures or yelling at other drivers. When you know the causes of distracted and aggressive driving in Texas, you will be able to drive more proactively. Thus, you will prevent yourself or your loved ones from becoming statistics. Several alarming causes of distracted driving include:

Mobile phones
When you use a phone to talk or text while you are driving, you are endangering your life. Texting while driving is the biggest contributor to crashes since you will be visually and mentally distracted. Not surprisingly, the time the driver takes eyes off the road to read or respond to a text, could be enough to cover the length of a whole football field.

Passengers
Although a driver is not required to take their hands off the road to engage in conversation with a passenger, the mental distraction is still deadly. Moreover, if the driver keeps taking their eyes off the road to look at the passenger, it can cause a crash. Remember, you should prioritize paying attention to the road to protect yourself and your passenger. Children can also distract their parents who are driving through making requests, yelling to get attention, crying in distress or fighting with each other. If you or your loved one has been involved in a crash caused by distracted driving, immediately contact a car accident lawyer to represent you and get the compensation you deserve.

Electronic gadgets and devices
Many drivers use their GPS systems or mobile phones for directions while driving. However, these gadgets can become a deadly distraction and be the difference between reaching your destination safely or being involved in a fatal vehicle crash. Other devices that grab the attention of the driver include air conditioning, the radio, entertainment system, and other in-built electronics.

Drinking and eating
A driver who is eating or drinking will use at least one hand. The driver may be distracted if he or she drops or spills something.

Handling pets while driving
You should not drive while your pet is loose in the vehicle because they can move around or sit in your lap and cause a distraction that can endanger you and your furry friend.

Conclusion
Everyone can reduce the risks of vehicle crashes by not answering calls or texts while driving. You should also set your GPS before driving, pull over if your child needs something and avoid drinking or eating while driving. If you have been involved in a distracted driving crash, report the incident to the police, seek medical care, take pictures, and reach out to an experienced attorney to help you with your legal rights.

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