In Missouri, as well as nationwide, distracted driving has caused thousands of auto accidents resulting in serious injuries and fatalities over the past several years. In 2014, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported that 2,258 individuals suffered serious injuries as a result of a traffic accident caused by a distracted or inattentive driver in Missouri. In addition, distracted driving accidents claimed the lives of 220 people. While there was a slight decline in the number of distracted driver related crashes, these accidents are one of the types of auto accidents that involve a large number of victims.
While operating a vehicle without the full attention of the driver is nothing new, distracted driving has evolved to become more of an issue. Many officials believe that technological advances have added to the distractions of driving. Twenty years ago, cell phones were not as prevalent or advanced as they are today. Cell phones can add a level of convenience to a person’s life by enabling communication in nearly any location. However, when a driver uses a cell phone to text, talk, or check email, they are risking the lives of others by possible causing an auto accident.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a distracted driver, it is imperative to contact the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth. We will provide you with an investigation, determine liability, and fight to hold the negligent party accountable. Our law firm has recovered more than $350 million in compensation and will work to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your damages. Contact Meyerkord & Kurth today for a free no-obligation consultation.