Distracted driving continues to be a problem on the roads of Texas and across the country. Law enforcement agencies are cracking down on the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, but this is an epidemic that cannot be solved. A common type of distracted driving that does not include a mobile device is having passengers in your SUV.
Having a passenger in your SUV can be just as dangerous as using a mobile phone while driving. Talking to a passenger takes your mind off the task at hand: driving. Conversations, even quick ones, can become quite deep and even heated. The more you engage in a conversation with a passenger, the more likely it is that you could become distracted while operating the vehicle.
One passenger in your SUV can be a distraction. A vehicle full of passengers can be a recipe for disaster. A vehicle full of children can also become a problem. Parents talking to their children, yelling at them or trying to get them a cup of juice or a snack are all driving distracted. Even if you don’t engage your children while they are in the SUV, their discussions or screaming could cause you to become distracted.
Teens are the most likely group of drivers to become distracted when behind the wheel, especially if they are new drivers. States are recognizing this issue as some have begun to enact laws that limit the amount of passengers in a newly licensed driver’s vehicle in an effort to cut down on distractions. Some of these laws go as far as stating the passengers can only be relatives or other licensed drivers.
Distracted driving is dangerous. Passengers in an SUV can be as much of a distraction, if not more, than a mobile phone. Have you or a loved one been injured by distracted drivers in Houston, Texas? Contact our firm today to discuss your case and learn about your rights as a victim.