Texas Texting While Driving Laws

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Texas Texting While Driving Laws
06.14.2016 News

It cannot be understated how dangerous distracted driving is for drivers, passengers, and other motorists. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that one in every five car crashes involves a distracted driver, and one of the most frequent distracted driving behaviors is texting while driving.

Why Is Texting While Driving So Dangerous?

Texting while driving involves a combination of three types of distraction: manual, visual, and cognitive. Texting involves drivers taking their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and their minds off the task of driving, which can have deadly consequences.

Texas Texting While Driving Laws

While there is no Texas statewide law banning cell phone use while driving, there are several specific behaviors that are outlawed. 

Cell phone use is divided into three categories under Texas law:

•    Any use of cell phones while driving (including Bluetooth and hands free calling)
•    Texting while driving
•    Manual use of cell phones while driving

In Texas, any driver under the age of 18 is prohibited from using a cell phone in any capacity. All drivers driving through school zones are prohibited from both texting and any manual use of cell phones while driving. Additionally, school bus drivers are prohibited from using cell phones at all times children are on the bus. While Texas has not yet passed comprehensive distracted driving bans statewide, 40 cities have passed local ordinances banning texting while driving at all times, including Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Galveston, and San Antonio. 

Whether you are driving in a city that has ordinances against texting or not, it is illegal to not be in control of your vehicle at all times. For the safety of the driver, passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians, it’s safest to leave your cell phone out of reach when driving.

Houston Texting While Driving Accident Attorneys

People of all ages admit to using their cell phones while driving. If a distracted driver was texting while driving and injured you in a car accident, you can hold them responsible for their carelessness. Call the experienced Houston car accident attorneys at Blizzard Law PLLC today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your claim.