One Text or Call Could Wreck it All
This catchy tagline, a Distraction.gov campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, says it all. Cell phone use has attracted much of the focus on distracted driving. In fact, a 2008 AAA Foundation report, which reviewed dozens of studies, concluded that any cell phone use roughly quadruples the crash risk.
Texting is a deadly form of distracted driving “because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.” Texting takes a driver’s attention away from driving more frequently and for longer periods than other distractions.
Missouri Texting and Driving Laws
Distracted driving, especially texting and driving, is a significant driving danger. Many states have banned texting and driving.
Missouri texting and driving laws state: “except for commercial and novice drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Missouri. Novice drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and as of January 3, 2012, commercial motor vehicle drivers (those with a commercial driver’s license, such as school bus drivers) are prohibited from using hand-held mobile phones and push-to-talk cell phones while driving.”
Injured in a Texting & Driving Accident?
Even though only drivers under 21 in the state of Missouri are prohibited from texting while driving, it does not mean you can’t seek compensation for injuries incurred in a texting and driving accident.
If you suspect the other driver was texting while driving, obtain the advice of a personal injury attorney, one familiar with accidents involving texting and driving. In the Kansas City area, the attorneys at Nash & Franciskato are knowledgeable and well versed in investigating these types of car accidents.
We take the burden off your shoulders so that you can concentrate on what matters most, healing and recovering from the accident. Our car accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, finding out all of the details, and talking to witnesses. In addition, we will subpoena phone records to confirm or deny if the driver was talking or texting when the accident occurred.
Receive a Free Evaluation from Experienced Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, one who has been texting and driving, let the attorneys at Nash & Franciskato help you obtain the compensation you deserve. In the Kansas City area and across Missouri, the Nash & Franciskato Law Firm will fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.
Texting and Driving Kills. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers and 424,000 were injured. Read the full post.