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Texting and driving isn't just a concern for teen drivers

While some might think that texting and driving is something that teenage drivers and young adults without children might engage in, the reality is that people of all ages and walks of life do it, even when they have children in tow.

According to a recent study, over half of those surveyed admitted to using their cell phone in some way while they were actively driving their car and while they were transporting children between 4 and 10 years old.

While it is not ideal to use one's cell phone while traveling, especially if one has to hold the device while doing so, what is more disturbing about this study is that about 1 in 3 of those surveyed admitted to reading texts, and 1 in 4 admitted to typing up and sending a quick text while driving. Furthermore, 1 in 7 people admitted to checking or participating in the social media while driving.

With over three-fourths of adults in the United States now owning a cell phone, the problem with distracted driving will be unlikely to diminish anytime soon. However, in addition to the obvious physical dangers this sort of behavior creates, when parents text and drive, it tells the children in the car that such behavior is okay and the rules against it are largely bureaucratic, adding little actual value to the public safety.

It is possible that police need to step their enforcement of laws that prohibit this sort of behavior. Insurance companies can also do their part by refusing to cover those with a history of texting and driving, those keeping them from legally getting on the road.

Those in Houston or other parts of Texas who cause car accidents by texting and driving or through other distracted driving behavior may be able to collect compensation from the responsible driver via a personal injury lawsuit.

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