These days texting while driving is a major factor in many car accidents. In 2013, the state of Texas had more than 95,000 crashes and 460 deaths linked to distracted driving. While 44 cities in Texas are enforcing their own ordinances banning texting while driving, a statewide law has yet to be approved.
That may soon change with the recent approval of House Bill 80 which seeks to prohibit texting while driving in the entire state of Texas. The bill, if approved by the Governor, will expand the current prohibition of texting while driving in school zones and further cover texting even if a driver stops at a red light or stop traffic sign.
Injuries from Car Accidents
Distracted driving is a common cause of car accidents in Texas. Lives of some auto accident victims have either been lost or negatively impacted after an accident. In many cases, injured passengers of distracted driving accidents suffer serious injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Lost limbs
These may require extensive treatment, multiple surgeries, and long periods of rehabilitation and therapy in order to recover well. The costs of recovery arise not only from expensive medical treatment and procedures, but also from
- Lost income from time off work
- Lost earning capacity arising from temporary or permanent disability
- Psychological and emotional stress
- Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident arising from distracted driving, you may be entitled to compensation for the injury, or wrongful death of a loved one.
Effect of Law on Texting While Driving
Houston is one of two major cities in Texas that still does not have any ordinance or rule against texting while driving. If HB 80 is signed into law, offenders may face a fine of at least $99 for first-time offences, and up to $200 for repeat offences.
Even without this law, texting while driving may constitute negligence in a civil case for damages arising from a car accident. Your personal injury attorney can explain what your legal options are and help establish legal responsibility for your injuries.
In Houston, Texas, the law firm of Charles J. Argento, with almost 3 decades of experience in car accidents, has earned the prestigious AV-rating n Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, helping families of car accident victims recover compensation that they legally deserve. We offer a free consultation to assess your situation, and welcome your call our offices today at (713) 225-5050.