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Dallas Distracted Driver Accident Attorney

Distracted driving accidents are on the rise. While technology is supposed to make our lives easier, it turns out that it is also a major distraction for drivers. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, let the Law Office Of Julie Johnson get to work on your case today. Our car accident lawyer in Dallas will investigate your case and move to secure the compensation you are entitled to.

What is distracted driving?

When most people think of distracted driving, they think of people talking and texting. However, we need to look at the definition provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to get a good understanding of what distracted driving is. The CDC says that distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from driving and that there are three main types of distraction:

  • Visual: Taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: Taking your mind off of driving

Consider for a moment that a person who takes their eyes off the roadway for five seconds while traveling at 55 mph will have driven the entire length of a football field.

How often does this happen in our area?

When we turn to the data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 250,000 traffic crash injuries and 3,639 traffic crash fatalities during the latest reporting year. The DOT also shows that many of these accidents are classified as being caused by distracted driving behavior. This includes:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Texting while driving
  • Browsing the internet
  • Reading emails
  • Adjusting the GPS device
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Eating while driving
  • Talking to other people in the vehicle
  • Reaching for objects in the vehicle
  • Applying makeup or looking in the mirror

Each of these behaviors results in a driver taking their eyes off the roadway, making them a danger to everybody around them, including other drivers and passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that 3,166 people were killed by distracted driving in 2017, the latest year of data they provide.

The simple fact is that a person cannot drive safely in less driving has their full attention. All non-driving activities that a person engages in increases their risk of crashing and causing serious injuries to themselves or others.

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