Effective September 1, 2017, it will be illegal to simultaneously text and drive in the Lone Star State. "But I thought that was already illegal!" you may be thinking. While many cities in Texas passed local laws in the past banning texting and driving, there has previously been no statewide law banning the practice. Additionally, the legislature has twice attempted to pass similar bills in the past, but one was vetoed by then-governor Perry and the other was stalled by the Senate Transportation Committee. Prior to the new bill's effective date, Texas had the following statewide restrictions in place:
After you've been in a wreck in the state of Texas and have suffered injuries, seeking medical attention may naturally be your primary focus. However, taking a few other steps is essential following the motor vehicle accident. Failure to take these steps may unfortunately end up costing you in the long run.
Distracted driving is not only a serious problem in Texas, it is an epidemic that is plaguing drivers and passengers across the country. Distraction can involve many different types of negligent or reckless behaviors, and even one moment of distraction can lead to serious or deadly consequences. If you believe that distracted driving played a role in your accident, you would be wise to take steps to protect your rights.
You have likely heard about drunk driving, and you are probably aware of distracted driving. After all, it is common to see people chatting on their cellphones after they get behind the wheel. "Drowsy driving" is a much more unfamiliar term, but the consequences of operating a vehicle while sleepy can be just as severe, if not more so, as driving while intoxicated or distracted.