Texting While Driving Accidents

Houston Distracted Driving Attorney

Distracted driving is a major cause of automobile accidents in Texas. According the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), one out of every five car accidents is caused by distracted driving. In 2013, there were 94,213 accidents recorded by TxDOT that were caused by distracted drivers. At Simmons and Fletcher, we handle distracted driver cases regularly and are here to help if you are the victim of such an accident.

The Cell Phone Use Distraction Issue -It’s Not Just Kids

cell phone over a steering wheelWhen people think of distracted drivers due to cellphone use, they typically think of teenagers being the culprit. But the reality is that cell phone use and texting while driving is an epidemic not limited to just teens. Distracted driving is a problem amongst young drivers, older drivers and even commercial motor vehicle operators.

Many states have banned cell phone use and/or texting while driving.  At the present time, Texas does not have a statewide across-the-board ban on cellphone use while driving.  In spite of the lack of a statewide rule, there are several laws restricting use in certain situations and places. There are rules restricting cellphone usage while driving in a school zone. Here is a list of cell phone use restriction laws currently applicable in parts of Texas:

  • Cell phone use while driving in a school zone is strictly prohibited in the State of Texas.
  • Certain cities ban texting while driving within those city limits, including: Alamo, Arlington, Austin, Bellaire, Brownsville, Galveston, Conroe, Magnolia, Missouri City, Mission, McAllen, Harlingen, El Paso, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, Palm View Penitas, Shoreacres, Stephenville, Tomball, Universal City, and West University Place.
  • San Antonio has banned all mobile device usage while driving.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited for drivers under the age of 18 in Texas.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited while operating a school bus in Texas if children are present.
  • Drivers with learners permits are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving.

If you are caught texting where prohibited, you may face a fine up to $500.00 in some cities.

Robert Simmons Discusses the Problem of Texting While Driving

Here is our founding partner, Robert S. Simmons talking about the epidemic of texting while driving and how dangerous it is:

It’s Not Just Talking and Texting While Driving Anymore

As smart phones get more and more advanced, it seems as though drivers get dumber.  It’s not just talking and texting that can be a distraction anymore.  Any of the following cell phone uses can be a problem:

  • talking
  • texting
  • sending and responding to email
  • watching videos
  • checking facebook, tweeting or other social media
  • reading online
  • searching for music on ipods

All of the above actions take a driver’s focus off the road reducing awareness and reaction time.

Call Simmons and Fletcher

Drivers have a duty to maintain a proper lookout at all times while operating a motor vehicle. It only takes a split second for an accident to occur.  If you believe you have been the victim of  a distracted driver, call Simmons and Fletcher today.  You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical impairment, pain and suffering, scarring and even punitive damages. If you cannot come to us, we will send someone to you. Our car accident lawyers are here to help you.