At least one legislator feels that the state needs to do more to combat the dangers posed by negligent drivers improperly using cellphones while on Texas highways. The lawmaker intends to propose legislation imposing a statewide ban on texting and driving to replace the current situation in which some local communities have passed limitations on cellphone use while others have not.
According to statistics from 2013, distracted driving was the cause of at least 500 deaths in car crashes in the state. People typing or reading their text messages and emails while they are driving is now one of the most common causes of near misses on roads and highways throughout Texas.
Using a cellphone invariably results in drivers taking their eyes off the road and diverting the focus of their attention from the task of driving.
A car accident victim who suffers a personal injury in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another motorist might be entitled to receive compensation for the pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and other damages that result.
A consultation with a personal injury attorney could help a person injured by a negligent driver to navigate through the process of making a damages claim.
Source: KVUE, “Lawmaker proposes statewide texting and driving ban,” Nov. 24, 2014