Texting and driving is a dangerous combination that causes accidents and injuries. Many states have outlawed the practice of texting while driving as a way to keep roads safer. Unfortunately, there is no statewide ban on texting and driving in the State of Texas, which leaves many seeking attorney assistance after being involved in an accident due to this dangerous activity. While there are bans in place under certain circumstances, texting and driving is technically not completely illegal in Texas. Lawyers who defend clients facing drivers license issues continue to support the idea that this practice should be made completely illegal.
Texting Causes Distracted Driving
Many accident studies have proven that when drivers are distracted, they are much more likely to do something that causes an accident. Whether their vehicles are involved in accidents, or their actions cause someone else to crash, distracted drivers are one of the main causes of roadway injuries and fatalities nationwide. Texting, especially among younger drivers, is one of the most common cases of distracted driving. When attention is split between the road and trying to send or read a text message, drivers are less observant and careful in the operation of their vehicles.
Texas Cities Increase Texting and Driving Bans
While there is no statewide law banning texting and driving in Texas, many cities have taken the initiative to protect drivers by banning cell phone use while driving. Over 50 cities in Texas have now passed such laws. In addition, there is a statewide ban on texting and driving under certain circumstances, such as while driving in a school zone, driving a school bus, or having less than 12 months of driving experience.
Why No Statewide Ban in Texas?
Despite the many safety groups, lawmakers, attorneys, and citizens who support a statewide ban on texting and driving, this has yet to become a Texas law. A statewide ban was initially passed in 2011 and was vetoed before becoming law. Similarly, a statewide ban was attempted in 2013 and struck down by the State Senate. A law banning the use of wireless technology while driving met the same fate last year. Attempts are being made and many lawmakers and attorneys, including drivers license defense lawyers, are fighting for this law to protect Texas drivers. As of yet, nothing has made its way completely through the legislature to become law.
It is widely recognized that texting and driving is extremely dangerous and increases a driver’s chance of having an accident by nearly 25 percent. Drivers license defense lawyers and personal injury attorneys who have dealt with the aftermath of accidents caused by texting and driving agree that the practice is extremely dangerous and should be avoided. Until there is an enforceable, statewide law in Texas on texting and driving, the safest thing for everyone on the roads is for drivers to stay off of their cell phones while driving.
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