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by Jeff Rasansky - November 1, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

Dallas drivers have to obey specific laws when they use cell phones while driving. While Texas itself doesn’t have an outright ban on using hand-held cell phones while driving, there are restrictions that you should be aware of.

Texas state law requires that hands free cell phones be used in school zones. You may also stop and use a handheld device. The state has no other restrictions, however, which makes it a bit different than other states. Hands Free Phones Required in School Zones according to state law now.

One of the contentious issues with cellular phone bans while driving is the issue of enforcement. People who oppose the laws generally argue that they are almost unenforceable, as drivers can easily drop their cell phone whenever they get within sight of a police officer. In certain areas, however, most people agree that the devices should be banned, including school zones.

Why Cell Phone Use Matters

There are plenty of statistics to support the fact that distracted driving is a real danger. Using a hand-held cell phone has long been known to cause a great deal of distraction for drivers. Between having part of their peripheral vision blocked, talking to somebody on the phone, having one hand occupied and, therefore, unable to manipulate the controls in the vehicle and dealing with the cell phone itself, drivers are in a position to cause real harm to those around them. There may not be a law against using a cellular phone in your vehicle, but a driver who strikes you because they were can certainly be sued.

Damages

texting-while-drivingCar crashes can end up causing a great deal of damage in less than a second. In the instant that it takes for two cars to collide, you could lose your transportation to and from work, school and to other places, end up suffering very serious – even fatal – medical injuries and end up with higher insurance rates because of the wreck.

If you have suffered an injury at the hands of one of the many people who refuse to use a hands free cell phone in cars while they’re driving, be sure to contact an attorney. You may find yourself able to file a lawsuit against that individual and to avoid having to pay for the costs of their negligence on your own.

Personal injury lawyers may be willing to work with you on a contingency basis. If this is the case, you don’t have to pay them any money unless you win your claim by a jury award or settlement, meaning that there is no risk of you being stuck with legal fees that you cannot pay.

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