The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded that approximately 5,500 people were killed in automobile crashes involving distracted drivers in 2009. A staggering 448,000 people were injured. Dallas has its own laws regarding distracted driving, but Texas does lack some laws that tend to exist in other states. For example, texting while driving is not prohibited by state law in Texas. There are many different types of distracted drivers that you’ll see on the road every day as you’re driving around Dallas and it’s important to keep an eye out for them.
Some people are obviously distracted. You’ll see people doing everything from looking on the floor for compact discs to putting on makeup while driving. These types of drivers are generally fairly easy to avoid but, nonetheless, the statistics show that distracted drivers of all types end up taking many lives every year. Simply put, there are sometimes so many drivers on the road that it’s impossible to pay attention to what all of them happen to be doing at any given time.
Reporting Distracted Drivers
It’s not out of bounds to take down the license plate number of a distracted driver and to report them. People who engage in this type of driving, as has been demonstrated, injure nearly 450,000 people every year. Even though they may not have injured anybody yet, there’s a good chance that they’re going to end up injuring somebody at some point and that is enough cause to report them for driving while distracted.
Watch out for drivers who make sudden stops and starts, who linger too long when lights turn green and don’t slow down when they’re about to turn red. Other areas where you need to be careful include the entrances to parking lots, when the drivers behind you may not be paying attention. Anytime you are about to slow down considerably, make a turn or otherwise alter your path or speed, be sure to give ample time for the drivers behind you and around you to adjust for it.
If somebody slams into you because they were driving distracted, be sure to contact an attorney. A personal injury attorney provides a way for people who were injured by distracted drivers to get compensation. Filing a lawsuit may end up with you winning compensation from a jury award or a settlement from the other driver. Don’t accept a settlement without talking to an attorney first.