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Effective September 1, 2017, Texas will become the 47th state to pass a statewide ban on texting while driving. Governor Abbott’s signing of House Bill 62 is an effort to unify Texas under a uniform ban and remedy the “patchwork quilt of regulations that dictate driving practices in Texas.”

The bill specifically prohibits drivers from reading, writing, or sending an electronic message on a device unless the vehicle is stopped. That includes texting and emailing. It does not, however, prohibit dialing a number to call someone, talking on the phone using a hands-free device, or using the phone’s GPS system.
The Sugar Land City Council recently voted to approve a new ordinance that would make it illegal to use a mobile phone while driving unless the driver is using a hands-free or Bluetooth device.

The move comes after a year of asking its residents for their feedback on the proposed ordinance. Out of those who responded to the call for comments, a majority stated that they would be in favor of the limitation.
Last year, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion in the case of Nabors Well Services, LTD., et. al v. Asuncion Romero, et. al., which overruled years of established case law regarding seat belt use in the state of Texas. In this case, it was alleged Plaintiffs family members were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, which was found to be the fault of a third party Nabors Well Services vehicle. During the accident several plaintiffs were ejected from their vehicle and died.

The Court looked at whether under ever evolving Texas law and public policy that now a Plaintiff could be held partially liable for the injuries they receive due to their failure to wear a seatbelt. Never mind the fact that the overall accident was the fault of another third party negligent actor.
General Motors Co. (GM) has been making headlines for recall issues over the last several years due to faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 124 fatalities. The defect causes the power to the engine to cut off unexpectedly. Subsequently, drivers lose access to key safety features such as power steering, brakes, and airbags. The faulty ignition switch recalls involve the 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles.

An additional recall was issued by GMregarding the wiring for the mounted side airbags. The airbag issue may trigger a warning light that reads “Service Air Bag.” GM indicated that if customers ignore the warning light, the side airbags may ultimately fail to deploy. The wiring harness connectors for the side airbags, if not properly installed may be subject to corrosion or loose crimps. The airbag issue may cause non-deployment of all side-impact restraints, including the driver and passenger seat-mounted side air bags, the front center airbag and the seat belt pretensioners.
In the trucking industry, there are numerous regulations put in place in order to protect individuals from harmful and potentially deadly crashes. However, at times these regulations are not followed and can lead to death or serious injury if a person is involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler and/or commercial vehicle. Below are some of the highlights of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's regulations. A complete list of regulations can be viewed on the FMCSA's website.

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