The City of Denton recently passed a complete ban of texting while driving. The new law goes into effect on May 20 and carries a fine of $200. The cost of the fine is nominal compared the potential effect that a texting while driving ticket can have on insurance rates. The insurance companies that insure motor vehicles are fully aware that drivers who text while driving are many times more likely to cause a serious injury auto accident than the general motoring public.
The texting driver is operating under a visual distraction, a cognitive distraction and a motor skills distraction. When taken together these distractions have a multiplier effect rather than a mere additive effect and operate to create a total, complete distraction.
Texting is arguably worse a DWI/DUI driver because the intoxicated driver usually has their visual, cognitive and motor skills available to a decreased degree. The texting driver has all three of these critical faculties temporarily distracted from the operation of the motor vehicle. It is likely only a matter of time until texting while driving is banned statewide.
Our firm has handled a large number of texting while driving cases. We treated them like DWI/DUI cases and recover punitive damages in addition to normal personal injury damages.
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