Memes, newsfeeds a source of distraction for many drivers

Many drivers in Texas allow themselves to be distracted behind the wheel even though they know it's risky. An online study from Wakefield Research showed that almost half of respondents consider distracted driving to be a top roadway concern. However, the nearly 2,000 participants also used their phones behind the wheel for an average of 13 minutes a day.

Moreover, all but 1% of respondents recognized that phone use is among the top three distractions that a driver can engage in. The majority also criticized phone use in other drivers, with 89% saying they would give a bad rating to an Uber or Lyft driver who texts behind the wheel. Furthermore, 39% said they've already left bad reviews for such actions. Another 90% percent considered themselves better drivers than ride-hailing workers.

The most prevalent phone-related distractions were group chats, reading social media and checking videos online. For nearly two in five drivers, the presence of law enforcement was not enough to get them to put down their phones. Of course, there are other potential distractions that a driver can face. For example, eating while driving or adjusting the radio can also take one's eyes off the road.

Distracted driving is behind many car crashes. In fact, such accidents may be underreported since drivers can lie about their activities prior to a collision. Someone who believes they have been hurt by a distracted driver, though, may want to see a lawyer. Legal counsel could help a crash victim obtain compensation for damages such as medical bills and pain and suffering.

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