In Missouri, individuals under the age of 25 account for over 30% of traffic
fatalities, according to the Missouri Department of Insurance. Missouri
State Highway Patrol states that, in 2012, driver inattention contributed
to over 22,000 traffic crashes in the state. Broken down, those numbers
reveal 13,447 property damage, 8,952 injuries, and 92 fatalities. The
same time period also yielded 357 crashes while individuals were texting.
Missouri, however, is only one of four states in the country that has yet
to ban all drivers from texting while driving, only prohibiting individuals
21 and under from texting from behind the wheel, despite it being the
leading cause of crashes in the state. Although Missouri does not have
strict laws in regards to texting or talking on your cell phone, it has
a wide definition of
distracted driving, which includes eating or changing the radio. States like Missouri, which
have lax texting and driving laws, have a higher rate of drivers who text
while drive, putting more distracted drivers on the road and a greater
chance for accidents.
Regardless of age, it is estimated that taking your eyes off the road for
to text or glance at your phone takes about four and a half seconds, during
which a lot can happen. Just because texting and driving is not illegal
for drivers over 21 does not mean it should be done.
Using smartphones is a danger to everyone on the road, but other forms
of distracted driving, such as eating, reaching for something, or engaging
in anything that may remove your eyes from the road can cause a devastating
accident. All it takes is a second.
Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. can help you seek maximum compensation for injuries
you have suffered, medical costs, lost wages, and emotional reparations
as a result of a distracted driver. Call us today for a free initial case