Houston Car Accident Lawyer Voices Support For Renewed Efforts To Ban Texting While Driving In Texas

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Kevin Krist, a Texas personal injury attorney, urges Texas lawmakers to pass another blanket anti-texting law during upcoming session after governor vetoed previous bill.

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Houston personal injury lawyer Kevin Krist

Texting while driving has proven time and again to be so dangerous that nothing short of an outright ban on the behavior is appropriate.

Houston car accident lawyer Kevin Krist today expressed support for renewed legislative efforts in Texas aimed at combating the dangers of distracted driving related to texting behind the wheel.

“It is time for Texas to join the growing number of states that have put an outright ban on texting while driving,” Krist said. “The state’s lack of a blanket prohibition on texting behind the wheel sends the wrong message to Texas motorists about the real hazard distracted driving poses on our roads.”

At least six bills calling for a statewide ban on texting and driving for all motorists have already been pre-filed for the legislative session that begins on Jan. 8, according to the Houston Chronicle. Texas lawmakers were successful in getting an anti-texting bill through both the House and Senate in 2011, but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it. In his veto statement, Perry suggested education as a way to deal with the problem of texting while driving.

Krist, whose Houston personal injury firm, the Law Office of Kevin Krist, represents Texas car accident victims, disagreed, saying that education about distracted driving is important but not enough to address the problem.

“Texting while driving has proven time and again to be so dangerous that nothing short of an outright ban on the behavior is appropriate,” Krist said. “Most people already know that it is dangerous to text and drive, but they do it anyway -- there’s no legal incentive not to, and no one believes that they will be the one who causes an accident.”

A Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll provides support for the idea that simply informing the public of the dangers of texting while driving is insufficient. According to the poll, 77 percent of respondents thought that texting while driving was likely to increase the risk of getting into a car accident. Yet 37 percent admitted to sending or receiving a text message while driving, and 18 percent of respondents said they regularly text behind the wheel.

“These numbers show that people who know texting while driving is dangerous still persist with the behavior. A ban on texting while driving would discourage people from taking the risk,” Krist said. “I applaud the efforts of the legislature to once again raise this important issue and urge the governor not to veto a texting ban if one of the bills gets through the legislature.”

There already is a ban on texting while driving for some teen drivers in Texas. Found in Section 545.425 of the Texas Code, the ban prohibits drivers under age 18 from using any wireless communication devices. The same law also prohibits school bus drivers from using cell phones while transporting children and prohibits all drivers from using cell phones in school zones.

The ban doesn’t go far enough, Krist said.

“A ban prohibiting young drivers from texting and driving is a good start,” he said, “But numerous studies have shown that texting is dangerous for drivers of any age. Also, a ban on texting for all drivers would make enforcement easier.”

Despite the current lack of a universal ban on texting while driving, Krist stressed that distracted drivers who cause car accidents can still be held responsible for their negligence under Texas law. He urged people who have been seriously injured in a distracted driving accident or any type of car accident to consult with an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer.

About The Law Office of Kevin Krist

The Law Office of Kevin Krist is a Houston personal injury law firm dedicated to protecting Southeast Texas residents who have suffered catastrophic injuries in serious and tragic accidents. For more than 25 years, the firm has represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims involving auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, business litigation, catastrophic injury, defective products, explosion or burn injuries, maritime injuries, medical malpractice, spinal injury, traumatic brain injury and workplace accidents. The firm serves accident and injury victims throughout Houston, Harris County, Pasadena, Katy, Baytown, League City and surrounding areas. The firm’s office is located 3401 Allen Parkway, Suite 102, Houston, TX 77019. To learn more about The Law Office of Kevin Krist, call (281) 677-3959 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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