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Texas House Bill 242, which imposes harsh penalties for texting, sending instant messages, or checking emails while driving, may soon become law. The bill is awaiting Governor Perry’s signature.

Under the new law, anyone who violates the ban on texting, messaging, and emailing could face a fine of up to $200 and up to 30 days in jail. If their actions cause serious injuries to, or the death of, another person the driver could face 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Currently, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso already have bans on texting while driving.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2009, 3,308 crashes were caused by cell phone usage while driving in Texas alone. Among those crashes, 41 people were killed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that distracted driving, which includes cell phone use, was to blame for 20 percent of traffic deaths in the U.S. in 2009. In 2005, distracted driving was to blame for only 10 percent of traffic deaths. Currently texting while driving has been banned in 33 states.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous for teens, most of whom are not experienced enough drivers to handle any outside distractions while driving. However, 50 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving in a survey. Some studies have shown texting and driving to be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

Have you been involved in an accident with a driver who was texting at the time of the accident? If so, the driver could be held legally responsible for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Call Dallas personal injury attorney Kris Barber at 817-527-8833.



A ban on text messaging, while at the wheel, was proposed for interstate truck and bus drivers. This is a follow up call on measures that will reduce crashes that, in many cases, have serious consequences – including fatalities.

The proposal would make permanent the current interim ban that had been announced in January, by the Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, which applies to all drivers of commercial trucks and buses weighing over 10,000 pounds. A driver caught violating this ban would face possible civil and criminal penalties.

Safety advocates, as well as the government, have pushed for greater restrictions as cell phones, mobile electronics and vehicle navigation systems have become more commonplace in cars and trucks. Reports from the Transportation Dept. indicate that 5,870 were killed along with 515,000 injured in 2008 as a result of driver distraction, which, in many cases, involved the use of cell phones and other mobile devices.

A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has shown that a driver who sends and receives a text message will take their eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds, while texting. If the speed of the vehicle is 55 per hour, it translates into the vehicle travelling the length of a football field without the driver looking at the road. This can easily result in a catastrophic auto accident.

MVAs such as these frequently occur in our local cities such as Frisco, Plano and McKinney, TX. If you’ve suffered an injury or property damage in the DFW metroplex or Dallas TX area as the result of a car accident, you should consult with an experienced local personal Dallas injury lawyer.

Our personal injury law firm will offer an initial free legal consultation regarding your potential personal injury case. If you, or someone you know, has been injured you should contact a Dallas, Texas personal injury lawyer, without delay, to know your legal rights regarding compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. Call Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Kristopher Barber at (972) 231-5800 for more information or you click here to contact him by email.



COOKE COUNTY, TX – Three people were killed on August 3, 2009 north of Denton, Texas when an 18-wheeler crashed into four other vehicles in a construction zone on Interstate 35 at FM 1306.  The accident happened just south of Gainesville, TX.

The driver of the semi – identified as 59-year-old James Crayton of Dallas, Texas – apparently failed to slow down for traffic in the construction zone.

Two of the victims, Carol Whaley, 63, and Linda Whaley, 61,were taken by air ambulance to hospitals in critical condition. 

All northbound lanes of I-35 remained closed for hours while investigators pieced together what happened and cleared the wreckage.

Regrettably, fatal car accidents and serious personal injury collisions occur every day to residents of our local cities such as Frisco, McKinney, and Denton, Texas.  Many times, car accidents like this happen due to fatigue of a truck driver, or the negligence of a driver who was not paying attention, texting, or even driving while intoxicated.

If you have been involved in an auto accident in McKinney, Denton, Frisco, or the surrounding areas, an experienced-local personal injury attorney can help you and your family.

Our trucking accident lawyers offer free consultations on personal injury cases. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed, you should contact a Dallas, TX personal injury lawyer immediately so that you will know your legal rights and can determine what insurance coverage may be in place to cover damages. Call our office at (972) 231-5800 for more information or click here to contact us by email.





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