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Being distracted while driving is one of the top causes of auto accidents. Cell phones can prove to be extremely dangerous distractions to drivers, especially when they are texting.

The distractions that cell phones provide – especially texting – prove to be extremely dangerous. Studies from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving increases the risk of a car accident 23 times more than if a driver was not texting. Other studies have suggested that texting while driving impairs a driver as much or worse than drunk driving.

The federal government in January 2010 formally barred truckers and bus drivers from sending text messages while behind the wheel. The legislation is part of a growing effort to make laws to eliminate the threat of distracted drivers.

Many states have either passed or are considering passing legislation against cell phone use. Already, 19 states have laws against texting behind the wheel. But until laws are in place everywhere, most people will still put themselves and others at risk in order to text.

Texas forbids texting by drivers younger than 18, by school bus drivers and by motorists in a school zone or who are transporting a child. Advocacy groups like FocusDriven in Texas are raising awareness about distracted driving.

Twenty percent of drivers on the road are texting while behind the wheel, according to a Nationwide Insurance study. For drivers between 18 and 24, this number jumps to 66 percent.

As these types of accidents become more common, and without the laws to protect you, you need a lawyer like those at Smith & Hassler who will defend your rights if you’ve been the victim of a texting and driving accident.

Contact a Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer with Our Firm

At Smith & Hassler, an experienced personal injury attorney will assist you or your loved one in your case. Call (713) 739-1250 for your free personal injury consultation today.

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