Distracted driving driving has become somewhat of an epidemic across our nation, and many people believe it is worse in Missouri. The amount of auto accidents as a result of distracted driving has led to thousands of deaths and have increased with technological advances. As lawmakers in many states have attempted to decrease car accidents caused by distracted driving, they have implemented traffic laws restricting the use of cell phones while operating a vehicle. For example, Illinois legislatures have created laws that prohibit the use of cell phones without a hands-free device. Missouri, on the other hand, has some of the country’s most lenient laws pertaining to cell phone use while driving. In fact, there are only four states that do not ban texting while driving including Missouri. The only related traffic law states that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 22 to text while driving.
Texting while driving is one of the most negligent forms of driving that results in numerous auto accidents each year. Any driver that performs a task and does not devote their full attention to operating the vehicle is demonstrating the negligent act of distracted driving. While an individual may not have broken a traffic law, they can still be held responsible if they caused an accident that resulted in you suffering damages.
Consulting the St. Louis auto accident attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth should be one of your first steps after being involved in a car crash. Our office is focused on assisting you and being available to speak with you immediately upon contact. The level of representation we offer our clients makes us the best car accident attorneys in St. Louis. Contact us to discuss your rights and we will happily give you a free no-obligation consultation.