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Distracted Driving Updates in Texas 

By Jun 12, 2021 Posted in Personal Injury

Smartphones seem to do everything, except make us better drivers. In Texas and many other states, handheld devices are illegal. Texting or surfing the web and driving is definitely illegal, as some studies have shown distracted driving is more dangerous than drowsy driving. Unfortunately, the rise of digital technology has resulted in an increase of car accidents, and not just among young people. Despite digital ad campaigns and hefty tickets, people continue to drive distracted. If you were injured in a car accident as a result of a negligent distracted driver, the attorneys at Wham & Rogers, PLLC can assist with your claim. Distracted Driving Updates  In Texas, it is illegal to craft a text message or respond to receive messages, answer an email, scroll Instagram or Facebook, or make a phone call without Bluetooth technology. Any use of a handheld device is a violation of the statute. If ticketed, the driver is subject to a $60 fine and three points added to their license. If a driver is distracted and strikes another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist, they are liable for damages and injury caused to the victim. During discovery, a plaintiff’s attorney can request phone records from the defendant to determine if distracted driving was a potential cause. Sometimes the driver may admit fault at the scene, but this is extremely rare. Unfortunately distracted driving is linked to more and more collisions and even fatalities. Unlike the weather or mechanical malfunctioning, distracted driving is both predictable and preventable.  Next […]

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