Accidents Involved with Cell Phone Use
Cell phone use is the latest distraction for drivers, and many more accidents occur today as a result of drivers’ texting or talking on cell phones. Our lawyers work diligently to determine the underlying causes of accidents and help our clients hold negligent drivers accountable for accident injuries. Do you have more questions for our Car Accident Lawyers San Antonio, click here:
Texas laws regarding cell phone use while driving
Beginning in 2017, it is illegal to text and drive in the state of Texas. There is a fine of $25 to $99 for the first offense and $100 to $200 for subsequent offenses. If you cause an accident that results in serious injury or death, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, a fine and possibly jail time.
Many cities within Texas, including San Antonio, have passed a hands-free ordinance. It requires drivers to use hands-free methods to talk on their cell phone. They can answer and disconnect phone calls using their hands, but cannot hold the phone while talking.
When car accident lawyers pursue injury cases and argue for clients based on negligence laws, they typically have no trouble proving that texting and cell phone use is a distraction that contributes to accidents.
Nationwide cell phone use and texting statistics while driving
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 28 percent of all traffic accidents, which comes to 1.6 million crashes a year, involve drivers using cell phones and texting. More accidents involve drivers using cell phones (1.4 million) and an estimated 200,000 crashes involve texting drivers. Based on these statistics, the NSC called for bans in all states on cell phone use and texting while driving.
Anyone who suffers a serious personal injury in a car accident should consult an experienced accident lawyer. Be sure to tell your attorney whether the other party causing the accident was talking on a cell phone or texting. This information can be vital for proving negligence.
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