August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- We've all heard the horrors that using cellphones and other mobile devices while driving can cause for other motorists. However, many people in Texas and across the nation seemingly will not put down their mobile devices while they are behind the wheel. As a result, one might think that most drivers would be in favor of liberal mobile device use behind the wheel, in reality a vocal majority wants distracted drivers to pay for the heightened risk of car accidents
that their habit causes.
A recent survey by Carinsurance.com asked 1,000 motorists across the nation how they would price auto insurance policies if they ran an insurance company. Although the majority said that they wouldn't financially penalize a driver for something that is not related to operating a car, most said that they would hold drivers who break the law and put others at risk more accountable.
The survey found that the survey respondents took an especially dim view of cellphone use and texting while driving
. In fact, an overwhelming majority--73 percent--were in favor of charging those who text while driving higher insurance premiums than many other dangerous activities, such as speeding. In addition to texting, the respondents were also critical of other motorists' cellphone use. About 53 percent said that cellphone use should also trigger a rise in premiums.
In addition to asking about how the respondents would punish distracted drivers, the survey also probed for solutions to the distracted driving problem. A majority of respondents (52 percent) said that they would encourage drivers to put down their mobile devices by offering a discount on premiums for drivers who install a cellphone-disabling device in their vehicles.
Texas law on distracted driving
Texas is not immune to the danger that distracted drivers bring to its roadways. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, distracted drivers were responsible for 90,378 motor vehicle accidents in Texas during 2012. Despite the danger, Texas has not followed other states' lead and passed a ban on using a cellphone or texting while driving, aside from a ban on both activities among young drivers during their first 12 months of licensure.
However, many cities and municipalities across Texas have taken the matter into their own hands and have enacted ordinances addressing the problem. Austin is one of such communities. With some exceptions, it is illegal to send, read or write a text message while driving within Austin's city limits.
Consult an attorney
Although Texas law is largely silent on distracted driving, it does not mean that those who cause accidents or injuries while texting or talking on a cellphone get off scot-free. Under the law, drivers who are injured by someone else's carelessness or negligence can recover the expenses resulting from the accident, such as medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.
If you or a loved one have been injured by an inattentive or negligent driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to hold the responsible party accountable.
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