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The distracted driving epidemic continues, leaving Texas lawmakers to question whether or not more action is needed to help control the problem. It seems as though it is not enough to simply ban texting while driving, which has been in effect in Texas since September 1, 2017. Recently, a new bill was proposed to make our state’s roads a safer place.
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini has proposed Texas put into place a new law that allows drivers to use their cell phone while driving ONLY if it is hands-free. This means cell phone use would be permitted only via voice-operated technology, Bluetooth equipment, or speakerphone. Zaffirini claims the bill would “save lives” and is the next logical step toward decreasing distracted driving accidents.
Several cities in Texas have already put additional cell phone ordinances into place in order to ensure safer roads, but has it been enough? If Zaffirini’s proposed bill passes, all current local ordinances will be left behind, and the state will be left with a more strict mobile device law.
Cell phone use while driving has caused thousands of accidents and worse, deaths, every year. Studies have shown the problem is only getting worse. Taking your eyes off the road, whether it’s for half a second or half a minute, puts yourself and those around you at an incredible risk of life threatening consequences.
According to AAA, in Harris County alone, fatal distracted driving accidents increased 62% from 2016 to 2017. Distracted driving is not only an epidemic in Texas, but across the nation. These reckless driving behaviors kill an average of nine people and injure 1,000 each day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving is the third leading driver-related cause of crash fatalities behind speeding and driving under the influence.
Regardless of what laws or local ordinances are already in place, it is not only dangerous but it is also illegal for drivers to not have control of their vehicles at all times. Every driver has a duty to operate their vehicle safely from the moment they start the engine. Any action of distracted driving is irresponsible and reckless.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident due to a reckless, distracted driver, we want to help. Our Houston car accident lawyers have handled car, truck, bus, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents across the Greater Houston area. Contact the attorneys at Adame Garza LLP and we will evaluate your claim and help get the compensation you deserve.