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Stay safe on Texas roads during the busy holiday season

With Christmas right around the corner and New Year's Eve following right behind it, this is the perfect time to remind our readers that following state laws pertaining to driving can help to keep everyone on the roadways safe. Texas has a variety of laws that drivers might need a refresher course on.

The first thing to do is to make sure everyone in the vehicle has on a seat belt. Children who are 7 years old and younger have to be in a child safety seat. This can be a car seat or a booster seat, depending on which is appropriate for the child's age. People who are over 7 years old can use the seat belt that comes with the vehicle.

Drunk driving and impaired driving are illegal in Texas. This means that anyone who drinks or does drugs should stay off the roadways. Of course, that isn't always the way it goes. Drunk and impaired drivers might end up causing accidents, which is another reason why seat belt use is so important.

Finally, while state law doesn't necessarily forbid texting or cellphone use for drivers who are of the age of majority, it is still a good idea to not let texting or cellphone usage distract you from driving. Safe driving is distraction-free driving, so find a safe place to stop if you need to make a phone call or check a text.

No matter how careful you are, there is a still a chance that an accident will happen. If you are injured in an accident caused by someone else, seeking compensation might be something you consider. Knowing how to file your claims and learning about the different types of claims might help you to make an informed decision.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Association, "Texas" Dec. 16, 2014

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