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Supporters of stricter distracted driving policies in Texas continue to fight

More than 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices at any given time while driving.
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    December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Years ago, having a cellular phone in your vehicle was considered a luxurious item. Today, more than 90 percent of Americans have a cell phone and many use it as their primary way to communicate with the rest of the world. According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices at any given time while driving, despite the staggering statistics of accident fatalities due to distracted driving.

Surprisingly in Texas alone, over 90,000 automobile accidents were caused by distracted drivers in 2012. These accidents translated to over 18,000 injuries and approximately 453 fatalities. State and federal legislatures continue to debate over how to decrease these staggering statistics.

Distracted driving behaviors

Distracted driving reaches far passed talking on your cell phone. The following are some other distracting activities that may cause a car accident:
- Talking to other passengers while driving.
- Drinking or eating.
- Changing a CD or adjusting the radio.
- Texting or reading a text message.
- Checking your emails.
- Reading a map or other document.
- Programming your navigation device., a website designed by the U.S. Government to educate citizens on distracted driving, reports that any activity which takes your attention off of the road is considered a distraction and has the potential for causing a serious accident.

Current Texas regulations

The current Texas regulations restrict drivers who are passing through school crossing zones from using hand-held devices. All others, except for drivers under the age of 18 and bus drivers, are able to engage in cell phone use while operating a vehicle.

Almost two dozen cities in Texas have taken the step to implement stricter policies, including a ban on texting while driving; however, attempts to prohibit texting statewide have failed to pass in the legislature.

Room for improvement

Although most Texas cities, including Dallas, have set clear cell phone regulations, there is still room for improvement when compared to other states in the country. Twelve states have already completely banned the use of all hand-held devices while driving, and forty-one states have texting bans for all drivers.

The Texas Department of Transportation has advertised campaigns, such as Talk. Text. Crash., which reaches out to educate residents of the growing problem and disastrous results of distracted driving.

Contact a reputable attorney

Reputable Dallas attorneys are available for those who have fallen victim to an accident caused by a distracted driver. Since the laws and regulations vary from city to city across Texas, a knowledgeable car accident attorney in Dallas will be able to help you file a claim. You may be able to receive monetary compensation for any injuries, property damage and suffering you have received as a result of your accident.

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