The Texas House Committee on Transportation heard testimony on March 9 about the dangers of texting while driving. The House is currently considering a statewide ban on the practice of texting while driving. Currently, the cities of Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Galveston, Austin and Missouri City have a ban on texting while driving.
The bill, HB 243, would ban text messaging, instant messaging and composing emails while driving. Over 20 states already have such a ban in place. Surveys show that most Texans support a ban on the use of cell phones while driving. However, some groups oppose a blanket ban, releasing reports that show no change in traffic accidents and a difficulty in enforcing such a ban. One report released showed that crash rates went up in four states after they enacted a ban on text messaging, and no states with a ban in place had a reduction in accidents.
The state already has laws in place putting limits on texting statewide. Drivers younger than 18 cannot text while driving. Neither can bus drivers while children are present, or drivers in a school zone.
Regardless of whether Texas enacts a statewide ban on texting while driving, drivers have a duty to other drivers, as well as passengers, to drive safely. Drivers who cause accidents due to any type of dangerous behavior, including texting while driving, can be held liable for that negligence. Individuals who are injured because of the driver’s negligent behavior can recover monetary damages, which may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a Dallas automobile accident due to the fault of another driver, contact Dallas personal injury attorney Kris Barber at 972-231-5805 for a free consultation on your accident.