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The rapid rise of cell phone usage among teens and adults in the U.S. has led to an abundance of road accidents caused by distracted drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), 37,461 people lost their lives on our roads and highways in 2016. Of these, the U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has reported that 3,450 of these deaths were caused by distracted drivers.
If you are a victim of a truck accident in which the driver engaged in any type of distracted behavior, consider getting professional legal help as soon as possible.
Is it Illegal to Text and Drive in Texas?
As of September 1, 2017, a statewide ban was enacted against texting while driving in Texas. Because of an increase in traffic accidents stemming from distracted drivers, law enforcement agencies throughout the state now look for and prosecute those who abuse this new rule. When a driver takes his eyes off the road for even 5 seconds while texting, it translates to driving blind the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. When a professional trucker driving a massive vehicle engages in this behavior, the consequences can be even deadlier than for ordinary drivers.
Texting While Driving Penalties
Texting while driving violations can result in a misdemeanor charge involving fines from $25 to $99. These fines can increase to $4,000 and up to a year in jail for texting drivers who cause a serious injury or death.
Types of Distracted Driving
While texting or hands-on cell phone usage are prime examples of distracted driving, other activities can also impair a driver’s concentration. These include:
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming (applying makeup, combing hair, etc.)
- Adjusting various controls or devices in the car
- Talking or looking at other passengers in the car
- Something moving in the car, such as a pet or an object
According to a University of Utah study, texting or illegal cell phone usage impairs a driver as much as driving while intoxicated at .08 percent which is the legal limit. The USDOT also reports that the risk of a traffic crash spikes 23 percent when the driver is text messaging.
How Our Truck Accident Attorney Can
Navigating the legal system after being injured in a truck accident can be a daunting prospect. Our Beaumont personal injury attorneys have focused on this area of law for decades. We know what to do and how to act quickly and efficiently. And when it comes to a legal battle, we fight as all-out warriors.
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