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Driving With A Phone? Here's Your Penalty

We all know not to use our cell phones while driving, but it's still tempting to pull it out at a red light to text your friend. Although it doesn't seem like an issue while your car isn't in motion, this still counts as a type of distracted driving that can lead to some serious repercussion; swerving on the road or failing to stop in time can mean potential injuries.

Worst case scenario? You take damage from semi truck drivers or sustain an injury from big rig accidents. Here are some of the penalties and laws surrounding cell phone use in the car in Texas.

Laws for minors and new drivers
While electronic messaging is banned for everyone, those under the age of 18 cannot use any form of wireless device for communication. This includes cell phone calls. Additionally, drivers who hold learning permits cannot use handheld devices within the first six months of driving. This applies to people over the age of 18 as well.

Laws for all
You cannot send messages while you're driving. This includes the use of texting, emailing, instant messaging, and other forms of social media while you're on the road. Drivers also cannot use any device when they're at school crossing zones.

Consequences
The accidents caused by cell phone use are obvious; distracted driving resulted in 10% of all car accident deaths in 2014. Texas and other states are taking this into account when they enact new laws prohibiting the use of cell phones within the vehicle. You could get into an accident resulting in damage from semi truck collisions, or you can sustain bodily injury in a car crash. Even when you utilize a cell phone at a stoplight, you need to pull over to the side of the road to prevent damage to yourself and cars around you.

There are legal repercussions for being caught using a cell phone while driving. For a first-time offender, you might be charged between $25 and $99 if you use a cell phone while driving. Thereafter, you will have to pay anywhere between $100 and $200 for the crime.

Strict laws in Texas
Texas is a strange case for distracted driving in the United States. Only 60 cities in Texas have passed laws prohibiting distracted driving. However, the threat of injury is obvious for those who text and drive.

If you get into an accident from a distracted driver, call a trusted accident lawyer near you to get the help you deserve. Contact The Parks Law Firm today if you have sustained damage from semi truck accidents.

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