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Texting and driving now illegal in Texas

As this blog reported some months ago, Texas lawmakers in their last session took up the issue of distracted driving, specifically with reference to a driver's use of mobile devices while behind the wheel.

The vast majority of people agree that so-called texting and driving is dangerous, so it may have come as little surprise that the Texas Legislature ultimately passed a ban on texting while driving, meaning this state joins the vast majority of others in prohibiting drivers from using their phones to send electronic messages and conduct internet searches while driving.

While other cell phone use might be permitted under state law, local communities within the state have passed rules that are even more restrictive than the recent statewide ban on texting and driving.

The law itself only imposes what some might describe as modest fines for those who choose to text and drive. The good news about having a law like this on the books, however, is that if a driver causes an accident while illegally texting and driving, the existence of the law makes it all the easier for injured victims to prove their negligence cases in civil court and thereby get compensation that they will likely need, and certainly deserve, as they recover from their injuries.

Texting and driving, however, is just one type of distraction that may take a motorist's eyes and mind off of the road for a critical few seconds. Although it is understandable in general that people get distracted, driving absolutely requires 100 percent of a person's attention all of the time. When a person does not pay full attention to his or her driving for whatever reason, serious car accidents can result.

After a distracted driving accident, victims should not hesitate to seek compensation for things like their medical bills and lost wages, as well as some compensation for pain and suffering and other losses that are very real but just hard to put an exact dollar value on.

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