Most Texas residents know that they must keep their eyes on the road and their wits about them when they are driving. Driving while distracted is one of the main reasons that people get into car accidents. Driving requires a person’s total attention, and if he or she is distracted by even one thing, an accident can happen. Many people know about the usual things that cause distractions, but they may not be aware that activities they consider regular parts of driving can also be distractions.

What types of distractions could possibly cause an accident?

One distraction that everyone should know about is texting or speaking on a cellphone. Texting while driving is illegal across the state, and some cities in the state ban speaking on a cellphone while driving as well. If a person’s attention is not 100% on the road, the likelihood of crashing into a car that stops suddenly or swerves is completely possible.

Another distraction that people may not be aware of is listening to the radio, a podcast or music. Many people find themselves drifting off or daydreaming while listening to music while others can get so focused on a podcast or audiobook that they end up not paying attention to their surroundings. Their reflexes are slowed, and they are unable to respond in time to things like a car coming out of nowhere or swerving to avoid hitting someone or something.

Another distraction that can cause an accident while driving is chatting with people in the car. This could be a parent turning to tend to kids or a driver looking at a passenger. Taking one’s eyes off the road for even a second can be tragic.

What can people dealing with the aftermath of accidents do?

People who have been in car accidents may benefit by speaking with attorneys who have experience dealing with these types of motor vehicle and personal injury cases. They may be able to walk them through what they need to do to get back on track.