According to findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,166 people were killed in accidents related to driver distraction during 2017. While cellphone use and texting are oft-cited examples of driver distraction, there are many other behaviors that can cause inattention that can be just as dangerous. For instance, just think of people doing their hair and makeup as they commute.
Jackson R. Reed and Travis B. Terry would like to consider how grooming as you drive can cause serious accidents. If you have been injured in such a collision, a car accident attorney at our Sugar Land, Katy, and Richmond, TX law offices can help.
Why People Groom on the Road
Everyone is in such a hurry these days, which is why multitasking is not unheard of. Getting ready for work on the go or trying to fix yourself up on the way to dinner is common. People also often eat behind the wheel in order to save time getting to and from work.
The Dangers of Grooming on the Road
Even if getting ready on the go is common and saves time in theory, it poses a number of dangers to yourself and others. Grooming behind the wheel means that one or both hands is off the wheel at a time. Your eyes are diverted from the road ahead to the rearview mirror or a handheld mirror.
With hands, vision, and attention diverted from the road, you could potentially cause an accident or fail to avoid a hazard around you. Think about this: at highway speeds, a car can travel the length of a football field in just five seconds. So much can happen when your attention is off the road for seconds at a time.
Save Grooming for When You Arrive at Your Destination
In terms of safety and common sense, the best thing you can do is to save grooming for when you arrive at your destination. Make sure your vehicle is parked and the engine is off before you begin to get ready.
Alternatively, you could also hire a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or other ride share service. That way, you’ll have a driver committed to getting you from point A to point B. Your hands and your attention are free, and you can fix your hair and do your makeup without endangering others.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
If you of a loved one has been injured by a driver who was grooming while behind the wheel, our lawyers can help. Damages can be sought to cover injuries, property damage, lost wages, and sometimes even to punish the negligent motorist for the harm they caused.
As your injury lawsuit moves forward, we can help negotiate a fair settlement that covers the injuries and harm sustained. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will see your case through to trial and offer our legal guidance and expertise every step of the way.
Contact the Lawyers of Reed & Terry, L.L.P.
If you would like more information about legal options following a serious collision, be sure to contact our skilled auto accident lawyers. Our law firm is here to help you and your loved ones. You can reach our offices in Sugar Land, Katy, and Richmond by calling (281) 201-0988.