Jim Adler | The Tough, Smart Lawyer
By Jim Adler March 9, 2017

Sugar Land City Council passed an ordinance Feb. 21 banning use of portable electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers or laptop computers while driving unless the device is hands-free or is being used in an emergency. The ordinance takes effect on March 20, 2017. After that, drivers who disobey the law will receive warnings for the next 90 days. But after those 90 days, drivers will be ticketed and fined up to $500 for each offense. Council members had noted too many people weaving across roads because they were distracted by portable devices they were operating while driving. Some studies show that persons talking by phone while driving are equally distracted whether using a hands-free device or not, but operating a portable device certainly can contribute to poor driving.

Distracted Driving Injures, Kills

Thousands of Americans each year or injured or killed in auto accidents caused by distracted drivers sending texts, doing video chats or making phone calls while at the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2014 alone 3,179 persons were killed and 431,000 persons were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Texas Cities Fight Back With Ordinances

While Texas lacks a law banning texting while driving — unlike 46 other states — Texas municipalities can set their own traffic ordinances to curtail distracted driving. Sugar Land officials had been considering the ordinance passed recently as early as 2015. Even before that, many Texas municipalities had passed related laws. Both San Antonio and Austin passed laws which went into effect in 2015 making it illegal for drivers to use any handheld device to call, text, use the Internet or do anything else while at the wheel. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas cities which have at least outlawed texting while driving include Amarillo, Arlington, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Denton, Galveston, Missouri City, Conroe, Bellaire, West University Place, Brownsville, McAllen, Grand Prairie, Harlingen, Laredo, Nacogdoches and Tomball. In fact, TxDOT reports that over 90 Texas cities have adopted ordinances restricting cell phone use in some way while driving. These cities do not include Houston or Dallas, but they do include the Houston area’s Bellaire, Conroe and Deer Park, and the Dallas area’s Lake Dallas, along with the municipalities mentioned above. TxDOT says there are three types of such ordinances:
  • Bans on all uses of wireless communications devices while driving
  • Bans on texting while driving
  • Bans on texting and other manual uses of wireless communication devices while driving — that is, bans on handheld devices, versus hands-free devices
Fines can range from $200 to $500.

Hands-Free or Handheld?

Clearly, such common-sense laws are needed. TxDOT reports that 20 per cent of all traffic crashes involve distracted driving. TxDOT also says drivers using cell phones at the wheel “have a higher risk of collision than drivers who don’t, whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device.” That means Sugar Land’s new ban won’t necessarily solve all distracted driving, since simply talking by phone, even with a hands-free device, is distracting. But compelling people not to hold phones while driving is a start. Jim Adler & Associates urges all Texans to take this simple advice: Hang up and drive. Your life and others’ may depend on it.
FREE Case Review

Google Reviews

I went to the office and everyone was so considerate and professional , so my first impression was good, I felt like I was in good hands. Then I received a call from Vanessa Garcia, she was on top of EVERYTHING! I never had to call her, she always called me. She even called to see how I was doing , and if I needed help with anything. That is why I have absolutely no worries.read more
JASMYNE THOMPSON
JASMYNE THOMPSON
13:42 01 Jun 17
My lawyer Bill Adler and case manager Iris Sanchez are amazing! They constantly call and check on you . They keep you up to date through the process. They care about you as a person and not just a client. The wreck was a life changing experience that I've never been through before. I'm just glad I had the right people like Bill Adler and Iris Sanchez to help me through it. Truly satisfied.Thanks and God bless y'all!read more
Tierra Clark
Tierra Clark
18:52 19 May 17
I was dropped from a previous law firm regarding my case before I called Jim Adler. They immediately took up my case and worked hard on it - I was always up to date with each step they took and the benefits or consequences of each. In the end, I am highly satisfied with the outcome and would not have it any other way. It took some time but I truly appreciate and want to thank everybody who helped me on this journey and worked tirelessly on it.read more
Tori Barroga
Tori Barroga
14:17 11 May 17
I am a Patrol Deputy for the Sheriff Office and while working one night, a drunk driver crossed the center stripe on the highway and struck my patrol vehicle head on with his pick up truck. Needless to say we (the drunk driver and I) were both lucky to survive, as the accident occurred at highway speeds. Following my release from the hospital, I knew that I would need to have someone represent me. My employer was happy to represent me in regards to prosecuting the driver for criminal charges but, can do little in respect to the recovery of financial losses for medical bills, pain and discomfort, time lost from work etc... This is how my relationship with Jim Adler and Associates began. Yep, you probably guessed correctly when you think of what made me choose the "Texas Hammer" to represent me. Those half obnoxious, half way entertaining commercials and radio announcements most Texans have been seeing and hearing on the TV and radio for years instantly came to mind. Yes, I wanted to "hammer" this S.O.B. for trying to kill me but, more importantly I was worried about the costs associated with the life long injuries I had sustained as a result of this drunk driver's negligent behavior. I contacted Jim Adler and Associates and so began our relationship. I was immediately surprised by the prompt attention and the expression of genuine concern for my well being that I received from the employees of Jim Adler's office. Now as you can imagine, lawyers are not a breed that is held in very high regard by people in my profession but, my experiences with Jim Adler's office and his employees have forced me to amend my way of thinking, at least on the civil side of the house anyway. I have to chuckle when I say that because my experience as a client of Jim Adler's firm has been exceptionally pleasant. So before I venture down one of the stereotypical and infinite number of rabbit holes associated with the relationship between members of law enforcement and lawyers; I will do my best to stay focused on my experience with Jim Adler & Associates. Upon being informed that my case had been accepted by Jim Adler's office; I was contacted by Iris Sanchez who informed me that she was to be my case manager and any questions, comments and concerns could be directed to her. I was pleasantly surprised to receive regular calls from Iris assisting with my medical appointments and future follow up appointments. Iris had informed me that Jim Adler's son, Bill Adler would be handling my case and I was even more surprised to receive several calls from Bill to discuss my case. Now you might be thinking "what's the big deal" with the person who is representing you contacting you? In reality, you are correct in that it isn't a big deal but, what is noteworthy and what separates Jim Adler's Office from the multitude of other lawyers is the genuine expressions of concern and the desire Bill Adler conveyed to me to do their best to help me. I felt an immediate connection and instantly realized I had made the correct choice in contacting Jim Adler & Associates to handle my case. One thing I think lawyers and police officers can agree on is the proverbial wheels of justice turn very slowly. Months go by and our professional relationship is never neglected. Through the unwavering attention of Iris Sanchez and Bill Adler himself, I never felt "out of the loop" so to speak and always had a clear understanding of where my case was at in regards to the legal process. In conclusion, I know my brief description of my experiences with Bill Adler and, his assistant Iris Sanchez, cannot provide the credit they deserve. Together they have done an outstanding job representing their firm/employer. If you are seeking a great firm to represent your legal interests and, take comfort in establishing a professional relationship that feels more like a friendship than a casual business acquaintance, then I highly suggest Jim Adler & Associates.read more
Erick Becker
Erick Becker
01:20 06 May 17
I am very happy with Jim Adler & Associates. I did not know anyone who has ever used the Law Firm before. The staff is very friendly and treated me as if I were family. At times it got very stressful being without a job. They helped me when I was confused about the process. Mrs. Theresa Rodriguez stayed in contact with me constantly. Checking on me to see how I was doing and to let me know how things were going on there end. The Attorneys that handled my case know exactly what they are doing to take good care of me. Thank You so much Attorney's Mr.Michael Gomez and Mr.Trey Smith.read more
Bernard Orozco
Bernard Orozco
17:16 23 Feb 17
Jim Adler only offer nothing less than a great experience. They are a very well-established organization. They are outstanding on keeping you up to date with cases. There's no beating around the bush with this organization as they are only straight forward with the whole process. They treat their customers like family as well as go above and beyond to fight cases for you only leaving you with nothing but the best experience. Easy 5-star rated organization. I would highly recommend this one organization you not look over.read more
Lorenzo Preston
Lorenzo Preston
17:23 26 Jan 17
If you’ve been seriously injured, get The Tough, Smart Lawyer! ®
Get Help Right Now
Principal Office Houston, TX