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Is putting on makeup considered distracted driving?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2023 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Personal Injury

There is a wide range of activities that can take a driver’s attention from the task at hand. The priority of any driver should be to remain focused on the road, pay attention to surroundings and follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, not all drivers take that responsibility seriously, and they may engage in behaviors that can lead to distraction. One of these things may include putting on makeup. 

Things that take a driver’s attention 

Texas drivers may think they can safely multitask, doing things like responding to a text, taking a sip of coffee or applying makeup on the way to work. In reality, anything that takes a driver’s attention from the task at hand, even if it is something minor, can result in devastating consequences. There are laws that prohibit distracted driving, but the law does not specify the specific actions considered distracting. 

Technically, police can stop a driver for doing anything risky or distracting. In most cases, this would likely mean phone use, but it can include putting on makeup. Drivers are accountable for the choices they make while driving, especially those that cause harm to others.  

The rights of accident victims 

Those who suffered injuries in accidents caused by distracted drivers have legal options. Victims may have grounds to pursue recovery through the Texas civil justice system. While a civil claim cannot reverse the damage caused in a distraction-related accident, it can allow a victim and his or her family to secure the financial compensation they need to pick up the pieces and move forward.