Driving into oncoming traffic is not something a Texas motorist typically does if he or she is alert and focused on operating the vehicle correctly. When a head-on crash occurs, many people may wonder whether distraction may have contributed to the accident as smartphone-related collisions happen more and more frequently. In fact, distraction may be caused by any number of factors and not just smartphones, but taking one or both hands off the wheel and looking away from the road to read or answer a text can easily cause a driver to drift out of his or her own lane.
KTRK-TV Houston reports that law enforcement believed distraction may have been a contributing factor in a recent crash in Baytown. Deputies at the scene did not know what may have caused the distraction of a teen driver who collided head-on with a pick-up.
The accident happened at about 8 p.m. on a weekday evening, and the family of five in the vehicle the 17-year-old hit included a pregnant woman and three children. At least two children were transported to the hospital after the crash. The pregnant woman’s condition is not known, but law enforcement believed that none of the people involved in the collision received life-threatening injuries.
Head-on crashes can be particularly dangerous because the force of the collision is frequently so much greater than in a rear-end or t-bone accident. Even worse, when drivers are looking down at a phone, they are not likely to hit the brakes at all. People who have been in an accident caused by a distracted driver often seek the advice of an attorney in order to determine how to receive the maximum compensation possible.