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Texas Cellphone Laws & Personal Injury Lawsuits

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in four car accidents involve a distracted driver, and drivers who use cellphones behind the wheel are more likely to be involved in accidents than drivers who do not.

Even drivers who use hands-free cellphones are distracted and can cause serious accidents and injuries.

Unlike many states, Texas does not have a statewide ban against texting while driving. Although state laws have not outlawed texting / cellphone use behind the wheel, the Texas Department of Transportation urges drivers to "drive now and talk later."

Local Cellphone Prohibitions in Texas

Even without a statewide ban on cellphones, Texas law does mention cellphone use in several statutes. New drivers, for example, are not allowed to use cellphones behind the wheel for the first six months after they begin driving.

Drivers who are less than 18 years old are not allowed to use cellphones or other wireless forms of communication, and school bus drivers are disallowed from using their cellphones while transporting children. Similarly, it is unlawful for any driver to use a phone in a school crossing zone.

Texting while driving is unlawful in certain cities, such as Austin, El Paso, San Antonio, and Arlington. Dallas has not yet passed a law against texting behind the wheel.

"Can I file a lawsuit against a driver for texting?"

Using a cellphone behind the wheel may not always be unlawful, but it is still dangerous. If you were hit by a distracted driver, you can seek compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. To learn more about you legal rights and options through a lawsuit, contact our Dallas car accident attorneys today.

Our legal team has more than 50 years of combined experience and includes an attorney who is board certified in civil trial law. Speak with a member of our law firm today for more information about your legal rights and options with us.

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