In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that 3,166 people were killed because of distracted driving. There are many different ways that a person can become distracted while driving on Texas roads or others throughout the country. Texting or otherwise using a cellphone is one of the most common distractions. However, anything that takes a driver’s focus off of the road qualifies as a distraction.

Those who are tempted to use their phones while operating a motor vehicle may benefit from turning them off. If there is a need to make a call or send a text, a driver should pull over before doing so. Tired individuals should not drive as they could be just as impaired as they would be after consuming alcohol. A person who is frequently yawning or having short-term memory issues should stop driving immediately.

It may be a good idea to take a quick nap or buy a cup of coffee or soda to provide a temporary boost of energy. If those don’t work, consider asking for a ride home or for a passenger to take control of the vehicle. It is generally not a good idea to eat or drink while driving. In addition to keeping everyone safe, keeping food or soda out of a vehicle can keep it cleaner.

Individuals who are involved in car accidents may want to consult with a personal injury attorney. This may help them learn more about their rights and how to preserve them. Those who have been hurt in a crash may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages relating to the accident. This may include money to replace a vehicle or other property that was lost or damaged in a wreck.