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No texting and driving in Texas

Following the lead of other states across the nation, Texas has recently enacted a distracted driving ban. As of September 1, 2017, it is now illegal to use your smartphone to text while you are driving. The measure aims to prevent accidents and fatalities associated with the behavior.

Previously, there was no law on the books regarding the use of smartphones while you drive. However, increased numbers of incidents related to distracted driving prompted the current legislation. Driving can be dangerous, and requires full attention, and now Texas law reflects that knowledge.

Studies show hands-free tech still causes driver distraction

These days people live their lives constantly attached to their cellphones, and in many ways, cellphones make aspects of life more convenient.

On the other hand, mobile devices also cause a considerable amount of distraction, particularly when it comes to driving.

3 types of driver distraction and why they threaten your safety

Distraction is a threat to every Texas motorist, including you. Drivers who choose to participate in a distracting behavior can cause devastating harm, even in a matter of a few seconds of distraction.

Technically, distracted driving is any type of behavior that takes a driver's attention from the road and the obligation to drive safely. All forms of distraction fall into at least one of three main categories, and every form of distraction is preventable, negligent and dangerous for every person on the road.

Were you injured by a drugged driver?

Like drunk driving, drugged driving is a dangerous and inexcusable behavior that puts other people at risk of collisions and serious injuries. The choice to get behind the wheel while under the influence of any type of intoxicating substance could be a decision that results in the physical harm or death of an innocent person. 

If you were hurt in a Texas car accident that you believe was the result of drugged driving, you may be entitled to significantly more compensation than the insurance company initially offers.

Injured by a fatigued truck driver? Know your legal options for compensation.

One of the most common reasons for trucking accidents in Texas is fatigue. Truck drivers face stiff deadlines when it comes to reaching their destinations. As a result, they usually feel the pressure to stay behind the wheel longer than permitted. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates how long truck drivers can operate their vehicles in one sitting.

When truck drivers fail to take time to rest, this can lead to extreme fatigue. Unfortunately, the fatigue can end up causing a serious accident leading to injuries. If you have been hurt in a truck accident caused by fatigue, you have the right to pursue compensation.

4 truck driver distractions that could leave you with injuries

Distractions affect everyone throughout their daily lives. In many cases, you may not even realize that you have become distracted until something else catches your attention. Though distraction does not always have dire consequences, distracted driving can easily lead to a serious accident. If the crash involves a distracted semi-truck driver, the outcome could be devastating.

Though certain factors could impact any driver and lead to distraction, truck drivers face specific aspects of their jobs that could result in distraction. If you were injured by a distracted truck driver, you could potentially use that information as part of your personal injury case. Some common truck driver distractions include:

Semi-trucks and unsecure loads: A recipe for disaster

Consumer demand continues to rise, and so do the number of semi-trucks on Texas roads. Big rigs and other large commercial trucks crisscross the state in great numbers as companies do their best to keep supply levels up and customers happy. This demand also creates deadlines, and when truck drivers, shippers or trucking companies get in a hurry or fail to pay attention, they might not properly secure their loads.

If you see a semi-truck on its side or see cargo flying off a trailer, you have likely witnessed firsthand what could happen if a truck driver, shipper or trucking company fails to secure a load properly. Sadly, other motorists often don't have time to get out of the way of a floundering truck or flying cargo, and people have suffered injuries or lost their lives as a result.

Are you ready to take the first steps toward compensation?

After suffering a serious injury in a car accident, you may have reason to pursue a civil claim against the driver considered at fault. Though many individuals consider such legal proceedings relatively common, you may not fully understand the process that your case may go through as you work to gain compensation for allowable damages. Luckily, many civil claims move forward in a similar order, though some steps may change depending on state law.

Watch out for signs of impaired drivers!

Anyone who spends any amount of time driving through Garland on a regular basis knows how congested traffic flow can get. The last you thing you need while navigating busy roadways is to be sharing the road with an impaired driver. Every year in Texas, and throughout the nation, thousands of people die in accidents caused by drunk drivers.

When another person's negligence causes you to suffer

The holidays are a busy time of year. Whether you are directly involved in planning and attending celebrations or merely caught up in the traffic congestion and daily delays the crowded streets of a festive season often cause, you may already be facing challenges getting to work on time and keeping up with your to-do list.

The last thing you need is to have your holiday plans interrupted by a car accident. If you've ever been stuck in traffic in Irving or Garland, you know it can take what seems like forever to get from point A to point B. If a reckless or negligent driver smashes into your vehicle, not only might it increase your delay, it may cause you serious injury as well.

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