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Texas driver admits texting before fatal motor vehicle accident

Ten percent of traffic fatalities involve driver distraction, and the number of fatalities seems to increase each year. Despite this, Texas is one of the few states that has not banned texting behind the wheel, although some local ordinances forbid it. The amount of time drivers spend with their eyes on a device rather than on the road is often enough to cause fatal motor vehicle accidents. A recent collision is a prime example of the devastation that may result.

A man driving a pickup truck allegedly admitted he was texting in the moments before his truck crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a church bus carrying 14 passengers. Twelve passengers, ranging in age from 61 to 87, died at the scene, and another died at the hospital. The 20-year-old driver of the truck was hospitalized with injuries.

Shortly before the accident, a witness who followed the truck for nearly 15 minutes contacted Texas police about the erratic behavior of the driver. The truck apparently swerved on and off the road and crossed the center line repeatedly, traveling over 65 mph. The witness said that after the crash, the driver of the pickup admitted he had been texting.

This accident, which has brought heartache to dozens of families in one Texas community, is not a rare event. Fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by driver distraction cause pain and grief, and many survivors suffer with the knowledge that someone's negligence is responsible. In such cases, victims may find satisfaction in contacting an attorney about seeking compensation through civil courts.

Source: waow.com, "Witness: Driver in crash admitted texting before collision", Juan A. Lozano, March 31, 2017

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