Dangers of Texting and Driving
The dangers of texting and driving are well documented in San Antonio. Unfortunately, texting while driving has become far too common on Texas roadways in recent years. This unsafe practice endangers lives and leads to accidents that are otherwise avoidable. In May of this year, a 20-year-old driver admitted that he was texting when his truck crossed the centerline and collided with a church minibus in Uvalde county, Texas, resulting in 13 fatalities.
Far too many tragic collisions have occurred nationwide because drivers are distracted while texting. The best practice is to pull over to a safe location if you must communicate on your phone.New Legislation Against Texting and Driving
As of the summer of 2017, the state legislature in Texas has adopted a new law that will ban texting while operating a motor vehicle. This new law will go into effect in September of 2017 and make texting and driving punishable by a fine. Texas is one of the last states in the country to adopt this type of ban to address the dangers of texting and driving. The lawyers at Carabin & Shaw hope that this law will result in safer road conditions for San Antonio drivers, especially motorcyclists, who bear a much greater risk of being injured in collisions than drivers of passenger vehicles. Our legal team is wary of the possibility that many drivers, out of habit, will continue to text while driving, which represents an unacceptable risk for motorcyclists.
If you are seeking a San Antonio texting while driving crash lawyer, call the expert legal team at Carabin & Shaw. For over 20 years, our attorneys have defended the legal rights of individuals involved in motorcycle accidents. We pride ourselves on winning fair and just compensation for our clients that have been wrongfully injured.
With its annual Talk, Text, Crash campaign, the Texas Department of Transportation has been attempting to educate drivers about the dangers of texting and driving, as well as other forms of distracted driving, including eating, grooming, and watching videos. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2016 a shocking number of accidents were caused by different forms of distracted driving—over 100,000. They believe that the best way to address this growing problem is to raise awareness and educate all drivers, particularly younger drivers, who are more likely than any other demographic to engage in distracted driving. The new law banning texting and driving, if properly enforced, should act as a strong deterrent.Injured by a Texting Driver? Call Carabin & Shaw.
At the legal firm of Carabin & Shaw in San Antonio, our attorneys have a great deal of experience working with motorcyclists and aggressively pursuing their personal injury claims in court. Experienced motorcyclists understand the dangers involved in operating their vehicles and take the proper safety precautions to minimize their risks. However, even the most defensive motorcyclist is placed in harm’s way when other drivers neglect to keep their full attention on the road. All drivers should know by now that the dangers of texting and driving are very real and not to be taken lightly.
Our lawyers know that it only takes a single moment of carelessness by a driver to cause serious injury or death for a motorcyclist. Drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles safely without endangering other drivers, and this is impossible to do while driving and texting. If you have been the victim of an accident where texting and driving was involved, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Do not allow yourself to be victimized by this unsafe practice that has recently become illegal in the state of Texas. Call the professional attorneys at Carabin & Shaw in San Antonio at 1.800.862.1260 for a free consultation and assistance in pursuing your personal injury claim.