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Texas is one of the most lenient states when it comes to distracted driving laws

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Most people have driven while distracted at some point. It’s often difficult not to take a sip of coffee, adjust your radio, or talk to passengers while driving.  

Distracted driving involves any action that involves taking your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and attention away from driving. Some drivers are distracted more than others. These are the drivers who often multitask or use cellphones to make calls and send text messages. 

Are Texas's distracted driving laws strict enough?

Distracted driving laws are very strict in some states. Drivers can be stopped by police and cited for texting or using their cellphones for other reasons. Unfortunately, Texas is the second most lenient state when it comes to regulating distracted driving. That's according to research cited by Forbes.

Each state was given a 0-100 score based on its distracted driving laws, the rate of distracted driving crashes, and how well the existing distracted driving laws were enforced by police. Rhode Island ranked No. 1 with a score of 84.3.

Texas, on the other hand, ranked No. 50 with a score of 18.3, just behind Missouri. Why did Texas rank so poorly? To find out, let's delve into the state's existing distracted driving laws.

Texas has a statewide ban on texting and driving and enforces it as a primary law. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there is no ban on all other uses of cellphones, however. That means most drivers can legally talk on the phone, browse the internet, take pictures, or scroll through social media.

There is a universal cellphone ban for drivers under the age of 18 and school bus drivers with passengers ages 17 and under, however.

How many distracted drivers are on the road?

Any use of a cellphone while driving can be just as distracting as sending or receiving a text message. Sadly, we don't know how many drivers are using cellphones at any given time.

We share the road with distracted drivers every time we travel. Far too many drivers don't recognize the risks they take when they multi-task or pick up a cellphone until it's too late.

In 2018, distracted driving caused approximately 2,841 traffic fatalities across the United States. In Texas, it resulted in 398 deaths.

Injured in a crash with a distracted driver? Hire a car accident attorney.

It can be difficult to prove who was at fault in a distracted driving crash, unless the distracted driver admits fault. If you were involved in a crash with a distracted driver, it's important that you speak to an experienced Texas car accident attorney who can investigate and gather the facts.

Chad Jones Law, P.C. has been handling cases like yours for more than 20 years and has helped crash victims maximize their compensation. If someone else's reckless behavior caused your crash, you shouldn't be forced to pay for medical expenses and other damages out-of-pocket. Let our legal team help.

Contact us online or call us at (800) 645-6637 to schedule your free consultation.

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