Texas is famous for its beautiful state flower: the Texas bluebonnet. As Spring takes hold across the state, bluebonnet fields are blooming. While many people cherish the beauty of the state’s flower, the Texas Highway Patrol is actually warning people of its dangers.
Bluebonnets are not inherently dangerous. They’re neither poisonous nor toxic, but they still present a serious danger: a distraction to drivers. Bluebonnets are commonly found along Texas’s grassy highways and many motorists stop to take pictures. However, this creates a road hazard. Drivers can become distracted by the bluebonnets themselves or by the families that stop and pose with flowers. Sargent Robbie Barrera of the Texas Highway Patrol warns that law enforcement “wants families to take caution.” Drivers observing people taking photos with the bluebonnets can find themselves driving in the direction they are looking, causing them to drift from their lane. Distractions like this can cause serious car accidents.
While most drivers are aware of other distractions while driving, such as cell phones, other passengers, eating, and personal grooming, among others, most don’t think enjoying the scenery can be dangerous. It only takes a fraction of a second to cause a accident, so drivers that spend even a second looking at bluebonnets put themselves and other drivers on the roadway in danger.
Driving Safely On Texas Highways
There are plenty of safe ways to enjoy Texas bluebonnets, so don’t try to enjoy them while driving. Taking your eyes off the road is dangerous, so always remember to stay focused on the task of driving when behind the wheel. If you see a vehicle has pulled over on the side of the road, give yourself plenty of space when passing and use extra caution because there could be people around the vehicle. Driving safely and responsibly is required and expected of all drivers. Those who endanger the lives of others on the roads can be held responsible for the damage they cause.
Texas Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Every year, thousands of people are injured in distracted driving accidents. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car wreck, contact the Texas distracted driving accident lawyers at Liggett Law Group today. We can help you understand your legal rights and pursue compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other types of compensation. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.