Texting & Driving Accidents
Car Accident Attorney Serving Houston, TX
Distracted driving has become a serious and concerning issue on American roadways. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and more than 400,000 were injured. Although driver distraction is by no means a new danger, recent technological advancements have made distracted driving more widespread and dangerous.
Some of the common forms of distracted driving include:
- Eating and drinking
- Using a cellphone or personal electronic device
- Personal grooming or hygiene
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching videos
- Talking to passengers
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
While all forms of distracted driving are inherently dangerous, texting while driving is by far the most alarming. This is because using a cell phone to text message commands a driver's visual, manual, and cognitive attention simultaneously. The consequences of texting accidents can be severe as drivers who text frequently fail to slow down or attempt to avoid a collision before it happens.
Interested in discussing your rights after a collision with a distracted driver? With our experience and resources, the team at Stern Law Group can offer insight that helps you make an informed choice about your case. A Houston car accident attorney at our firm can advise you of your rights and options, based on a long history of representing the injured and wronged. We have helped more than 40,000 clients and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation through our years in practice. Find out how we can help with your car accident claim by calling for a free consultation.
Texting Laws in Texas
As of 2012, Texas is 1 of 11 states without a statewide ban on text messaging for all drivers. Current prohibitions include:
- Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cellphones while driving
- School bus operators are prohibited from using cell phones with children present
- Drivers are prohibited from using cellphones in school crossing zones
- A ban on texting in certain cities: Amarillo, Austin, San Antonia, and Dallas
Although it is currently not illegal to text while driving in Houston, the lack of explicit legislation does not release distracted drivers from liability in car accidents that they cause. In fact, as far as personal injury claims are concerned, texting while driving will generally result in a driver being held at fault and responsible for compensating injured victims. Unfortunately, the ample resources of insurance companies and the legal teams that they employ can enable them to shift blame away from distracted drivers. In order to reduce your risk of being unfairly compensated for damages from a texting accident, you need the aggressive support and experience of Stern Law Group on your side.
Texting & Driving Legislation in Texas
Because Texas is one of the states that still has no statewide ban on the use of cell phones and texting in particular, 2013 is a year for legislation to change that. There is one senate bill and six house bills that address this issue. For example, House Bill 27 would make it illegal to text and drive while a car is in motion. The fines could be as little as $2 but increase up to even $400 for texting in a school zone. Senate Bill 28 would make it illegal to use handheld wireless devices to read, write and send text messages. Because texting and driving is seen as such a threat to the safety of drivers and passengers on the road, it is a wonder that legislation has not already been passed. To learn more about the current legislation regarding texting and driving in Texas, click here.
Protecting Your Rights: Houston Car Accident Lawyers
Texting behind the wheel is nothing short of careless behavior that endangers all others on the road. If texting played a role in your car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or other road traffic incident, the negligent driver must be held responsible. In addition, you deserve to be compensated fairly for the damages you suffered, including compensation for your physical injuries, expenses, and any emotional damages that occurred. With the help of our legal team, your personal injury case can be brought to a favorable resolution. To discuss your texting accident with a lawyer from our firm, call now.