Distracted driving during the summer

Drivers in Texas may want to be extra conscious of distracted driving during the upcoming summer months. In response to the increased risk of summertime driving, the Travelers Institute has issued a warning to motorists.

According to a study conducted by a leading smartphone telematics platform that evaluated the driving behaviors of over 20,000 users from January 2017 through May 2018, drivers spend more time preoccupied with their phones during June, July and August. Based on those findings, summertime drivers spend an average of 15 minutes an hour being distracted while behind the wheel. This statistic is almost 10 percent more than that for the remainder of the year.

People tend to be on the road more during the summer for holidays, road trips and vacations. This makes it very important to ensure that drivers are focused on the road and avoiding distractions that could result in motor vehicle accidents. With the summer months also comes more congested traffic due to the additional vehicles. The numbers of construction projects and pedestrians on the streets are also higher.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reports that in June, July and August, the number of roadway fatalities is 29 percent higher than that for December, January and February. Data from the agency also shows that drivers travel 20 percent more miles during the summer months than they do in the winter.

If an individual has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another party, a lawyer could help file a claim. The resulting compensation could cover permanent disabilities, crush injuries, broken bones or death.

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