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In the state of Texas, it is not yet illegal to text while driving, but that does not mean distracted drivers are off the hook if their negligence causes another person injury or costly damages. Distracted drivers are responsible for 1 in every 5 accidents in Texas, according to the Department of Transportation, and more than 3,000 people across the U.S. die each year as a result of driver distraction. Even if the law does not prohibit many of the activities that qualify as driver distractions, drivers should be held accountable for failing to show proper care while operating a motor vehicle.
At De La Garza & Ramirez Attorneys at Law, we understand Texas driving laws and have the personal injury law experience to support our clients in every way that counts. Not only will we help you with your insurance claims or lawsuit, we will provide compassionate legal guidance to ensure you find the course of action that works best for you.
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A distracted driver is any person operating a motor vehicle while their hands, eyes, or thoughts are otherwise occupied. This can include anything from phone use to makeup application, and while not strictly against the law, they often lead to dangerous and deadly car crashes.
While cell phone use is not the only cause of distracted driving accidents, it is one of the biggest contributors to driver distraction.
In the state of Texas, it is not illegal to text and drive, not is there a ban on hand-held electronics. However, drivers under the age of 18, school bus drivers, and drivers in school zones are prohibited from holding a phone while driving. Violating these laws could result in fines between $200 and $500, but if a driver causes an injury while distracted, the penalties can be much worse.
Anyone can be harmed from a distracted driver, including other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. According to the National Safety Council, the use of cell phones while driving causes roughly 1.6 million crashes each year, and texting while driving causes 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States. Even if it is not illegal to text and drive, the consequences for doing so and causing a crash or injury may still be astronomical. Distracted drivers may face charges for common law negligence for failing to show proper care to other drivers and pedestrians around them. By driving carelessly, they put other lives at risk and should, therefore, be held accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a distracted driver, you may have a right to compensation. Taking legal action may allow the victim of a distracted driver to seek payment for damages including medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact De La Garza & Ramirez Attorneys at Law to begin your personal injury case regarding your distracted driver accident.