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Distracted Driving vs. Driving Under the Influence: A Growing Threat to Drivers

Distracted Driving vs. Driving Under the Influence: A Growing Threat to Drivers

It is common knowledge that driving under the influence can have disastrous results. For years, officers and safety officials have preached the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

Intoxicated drivers take the lives of thousands of people on the road each year. However, now there is an equally dangerous threat facing drivers: driving while distracted. Although this impairment has not been as widely publicized as driving under the influence, the threat of falling victim to a distracted driver is real. Even worse, many people are unaware of just how reckless driving while distracted can be. Although many activities people perform in their car may appear harmless, they can lead to devastating results.

It is crucial to contact the Pasadena auto accident attorneys at Soileau Law Firm if you believe your car accident was the result of a distracted driver or a driver under the influence.

Driving Under the Influence

In the state of Texas, a driver is deemed to be driving under the influence based upon a blood alcohol concentration level. Currently, the state utilizes the following guidelines:

  • Any individual under 21: Any traceable amount is considered unacceptable

  • 21 years or older: 0.08%

  • 21 years or older for Commercial Vehicles: 0.04%

Therefore, if an individual's blood-alcohol level meets or surpasses these percentages, they are considered to be driving while intoxicated.

The laws may also extend to cover individuals driving under the influence of other medications and illegal substances. In 2016 alone, over 10,000 people lost their lives due to intoxicated drivers. That number roughly translates to someone dying every 49 minutes because of intoxicated drivers. This is a staggering number. It is also reported that young adults nearly accounted for one-third of fatal DUI accidents in 2016. In addition to these tragedies, driving while under the influence also carries heavy legal repercussions.

If you believe you or someone you know has been injured due to another person driving under the influence, contacting a Pasadena auto accident attorney is an important first step. At The Soileau Law Firm, we specialize in helping individuals who have suffered due to another driver's negligence earn the maximum compensation possible.

Unfortunately, driving while under the influence is not the only type of behind the wheel negligence that can occur. A new form of danger is rapidly growing: driving while distracted.

Driving While Distracted

Distracted driving is a growing concern. Seemingly small acts can significantly impair a driver's ability to operate their vehicle safely. From eating in the car to texting, distractions are commonplace.

Distracted driving typically falls into three different forms: visual, cognitive, and manual. Visual distractions occur when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. Cognitive distractions occur when a driver's focus is diverted from the road.

Finally, manual distractions occur when a driver's hands or legs are occupied with a task other than driving the vehicle. For example, a manual distraction may be taking your hands off the wheel to dig through a purse. Or a cognitive distraction could occur by having a phone conversation.

Perhaps the most popular example of distracted driving is texting while driving. Texting while driving poses perhaps the most serious threat because it causes all three forms of distracted driving (visual, cognitive, and manual). This combination of impairment is akin to driving while under the influence.

This is a time-consuming distraction; often, it is described that it can take the driver's eyes off the road for an entire five seconds. While five seconds may not sound like a very long time, if a car is traveling at 55 mph, it will travel the entire length of a football field in those five brief seconds. This significantly reduces a driver's ability to make quick decisions based on the road conditions in front of them.

Over 3,000 people in 2016 alone died due to a distracted driver. While this number may not be as large as those fatalities related to intoxicated driving, it is a growing number. Also, it has been recorded that teenage drivers are four times more likely to have an accident due to distracted driving.

How the Soileau Law Firm Can Help

Being in a car wreck can be an emotionally trying experience and a financially stressful time for many people. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident due to a distracted driver or a driver under the influence, please do not hesitate to contact The Soileau Law Firm's Pasadena auto accident attorneys. Allow our trusted attorneys to assist you through this stressful time. Our firm has years of experience in helping individuals recover the maximum amount of damage from negligent parties.

We are available 24/7 to take calls. We proudly serve Pasadena and the surrounding areas. At our firm, we pride ourselves on building meaningful relationships with our clients and fighting for the best possible outcome.

Contact us today (713) 581-9042 for compassionate representation and your free case evaluation! Let us help you reach the settlement you deserve.

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