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A distracted driver may be held accountable in a fatal accident

Every motorist in Texas and beyond is obligated to act with caution behind the wheel and adhere to all traffic and safety regulations to keep all who share the road as safe as possible. However, just because one motorist is doing everything possible to drive safely doesn't mean all others in the vicinity are doing the same. When a fatal accident occurs, distracted driving is often the underlying cause.

There are many forms of distraction that tempt drivers to take their eyes off the road. In fact, developing a good habit of staying focused on the road may help prevent potential disasters. Readers may be surprised by some of the reasons people are looking other than where they should be while driving.

Drivers who are staring at themselves in their mirrors are among those easily distracted while driving. Reading billboards and gawking at collisions that have already taken place are also high risk factors for distraction. One can only imagine the horror of learning that a loved one has died in an accident that may have been prevented if the driver had only been watching where he or she was going.

The sorrow of losing a loved one in a fatal accident is something that will likely be carried throughout life. Any person facing such tragedy in Texas may choose to seek justice on behalf of a decedent when he or she is an immediate family member. Others who have done so and obtained successful results have been able to use compensation awarded to offset funeral expenses and other financial losses associated with a tragic accident. 

Source:, "The Risks of Distracted Driving", Accessed on Dec. 9, 2016

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