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Texting and driving is banned in some, but not all, places in Texas

Texas does not currently have a general ban on texting while driving. However, this does not mean that texting and driving is legal in all parts of the state. There are certain locations in Texas where this driving conduct is directly prohibited.

For one, various communities in the state have local laws that ban texting while driving within their borders. A list of communities that have such texting prohibitions can be seen on this page of the website of the Texas Department of Transportation. As a note, Sugar Land does not currently have a local regulation prohibiting texting while driving.

Also, Texas law makes it illegal for drivers to text (or engage in any handheld device use for that matter) while driving in a school zone in the state.

Thus, whether texting and driving would be against the law for a Texas driver in part depends on where in the state they are driving.

Now, while texting while driving may not be illegal throughout all of Texas, it is potentially accident-causing driving conduct in all of Texas. Another important thing to note is that, when a texting-while-driving accident occurs in an area of Texas where texting and driving is not prohibited, victims of such accidents are not barred from pursuing negligence claims against the texting driver by the fact that the texting wasn't directly prohibited conduct. Experienced traffic crash attorneys can provide victims of texting-while-driving accidents in Texas with guidance when it comes to compensation-related matters, like potential negligence claims.

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