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Top causes of distracted driving

In an overall sense, distracted driving is distracted driving. It doesn't matter why a person takes his or her eyes off the road, it goes without saying that this can lead to an accident.

As a driver, you have a responsibility to stay focused at all times. Along with this, it's a good idea to pay close attention to other drivers, as you may find that somebody is not concentrating on the road. In this case, you can do your best to keep your distance.

Some of the top causes of distracted driving are as follows:

-- Texting or using a smartphone in any manner, such as to read a map or browse the Internet.

-- Outside event. This can include things such as looking at an accident, staring at a person on the street, or making eye contact with people in other vehicles.

-- Eating or drinking. Some people make it a habit to eat or drink while behind the wheel. When doing so, it's more difficult to stay focused on the task at hand.

-- Other occupants. This doesn't come into play if you're the only person in the car. However, when you have passengers, you know that distractions are always popping up.

As you can see, there are many causes of distracted driving. All of these are extremely dangerous, as it only takes one slip up to cause a serious accident.

If you're involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you should first receive medical treatment. Then, when you're up to it, you can learn more about your legal rights and how to receive compensation in Texas.

Source: SafeStart, "Top 10 Causes of Distracted Driving—and What They All Have in Common," accessed Oct. 03, 2016

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