Do you turn off your phone when driving in San Antonio?

A new study suggests that motorists should turn off their cellphones when behind the wheel.

If you're like many of us, chances are high that your cellphone is within your reach whenever you're behind the wheel. While you may choose to ignore incoming calls or texts when on the road, a new study suggests that you may be safest if you turn your phone off completely when driving.

Researchers at Florida State University discovered that motorists may experience a dangerous level of distraction merely be receiving a notification that they received a call or text message. Surprisingly, the notification - whether by a ring tone or a vibration - actually distracted motorists to a similar degree as actually taking a call or sending a text.

The study has led some to conclude that the best way to ensure you are safe on the road is to turn your phone off before driving.

Of course, despite knowing the risks, many people still choose to use their phones when behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,150 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2013 in the United States.

Distracted driving in Texas and San Antonio

Across the country, each state has enacted different laws regarding distracted driving in an effort to make our roads safer. Compared to many other states, few laws have been passed on a statewide level in Texas to curb distracted driving behaviors.

In Texas, all motorists are prohibited from using handheld cellphones or texting when driving in school zones. In addition, novice drivers and bus drivers face more restrictions. Motorists in such groups are not allowed to text or use cellphones - whether they are handheld or hands-free - regardless of where they are driving.

In San Antonio, however, the distracted driving regulations are stricter. Motorists in San Antonio are not allowed to use handheld phones when on the road, even if they are stopped at a light. Consequently, drivers are not allowed to text when behind the wheel. Motorists are allowed to use cellphones in San Antonio if they have hands-free capabilities.

Talk to a personal injury lawyer after a distracted driving collision

Whenever a negligent motorist causes an auto accident, he or she should be held responsible for the damage done in the crash. After a motor vehicle accident, the financial toll taken from property damage expenses and medical bills can be unmanageable.

In the wake of a distracted driving crash, you will need a knowledgeable legal professional on your side to help ensure your interests are protected. The attorneys at The Bates Law Firm understand what you're going through after a motor vehicle crash and are ready to work with you to protect your rights. Please call us at 210-226-3777, toll free at 877-716-3777 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free initial consultation and case evaluation.