St. Louis Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
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Today, technology is a huge part of the way we live. It is in our houses, at our jobs, in our cars, and in our pockets. As a result, cellphones, navigational maps, and other sources of technology have all become dangerous pieces of equipment for drivers everywhere. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that, on average, 15 people are killed and 1,200 are injured due to distracted driving accidents every day.
If you have been harmed in a distracted driving accident, contact our St. Louis distracted driving accident lawyers at Meyerkord & Kurth today. We’re available 24/7.
Different Types of Distracted Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,154 people were killed in 2013 due to car accidents involving a distracted driver.
Many distracted drivers participate in the following:
- Talking to passengers
- Manipulating cellphones
- Talking on the phone
- Watching videos/movies
- Using maps
There are three types of distraction that can avert a driver's attention from the road, including:
- Visual distractions: This type of distracted driving involves any activity that removes a person’s eyes from the road.
- Manual distractions: This type of distracted driving involves any activity that removes a person’s hands from the steering wheel.
- Cognitive distractions: This type of distracted driving involves any activity that removes a person’s thought-process and mind from the road and driving conditions.
Distracted Driving Laws in Missouri
With greater awareness about the dangers posed by distracted driving, states across the country have passed new and increasingly tougher laws to prevent it. Missouri, however, is notoriously one of the few states to not have robust legislation that prohibits texting while driving or cell phone use for motorists. Under current law, Missouri only bans text messaging behind the wheel for drivers under the age of 21.
While legislators have continually tried to pass tougher distracted driving laws to bring Missouri up to par with the majority of states across the country, the fact remains that most motorists can use their cell phones and text behind the wheel with little to no consequence – at least in terms of traffic infractions.
Because using a phone and texting is still a negligent act, even if not explicitly illegal under Missouri law, distracted drivers can still be held accountable for causing preventable accidents and injuries to victims, and liable for damages that may include:
- Medical expenses and future medical needs
- Lost income and decreased earning potential
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional injuries
- Wrongful death and the emotional losses of families
Proven Trial Lawyers: Seeking Justice for You
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that involved a distracted driver, you reserve the right to pursue financial compensation for any physical harms, emotional distresses, medical expenses, or lost wages you may acquire as a result. At Meyerkord & Kurth, our St. Louis distracted driving accident lawyers have handled a countless number of distracted driving accidents on the behalf of individuals and families. When you become a client of ours, we will take the time to understand your case so that we can defend your rights fearlessly.
Pursue justice for your injuries by getting the representation you deserve. Meyerkord & Kurth is here for you.
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