Many people use cell phones while driving these days. That poses a risk for everyone sharing the roads. People who use their phones while driving are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident. Distracted accidents occur alarmingly often in St. Louis. If you or your loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, talk to our experienced St. Louis distracted driving lawyers.

Distracted Driving Accidents in St. Louis

The attorneys at Sansone & Lauber are committed to helping people in St. Louis who have been injured in accidents caused by driver inattention. Our car accident attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients who have sustained serious injuries in accidents caused by others’ negligence. Review a list of some of our verdicts and settlements. If you have been harmed by a distracted driver, you should not have to shoulder the burden of medical bills for an accident caused by someone else. You need a trusted St. Louis personal injury lawyer who understands what you are going through and can help you rebuild your life. We do not represent insurance companies or large corporations.

Types of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of teen car crashes and other types of motor vehicle accidents in St. Louis and across Missouri. Nearly 250 people died on Missouri highways from 2012 through 2014 in accidents involving distraction or inattention, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Drivers need to pay attention to the traffic around them and remain alert. Any activity that distracts a driver’s attention diverts a driver’s eyes or requires a driver to take their hands off the steering wheel may cause a distracted driving accident.

The three main categories of distraction are:

  • Visual—taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual—removing your hands from the steering wheel
  • Cognitive— diverting your mind from the task of driving.

Many activities can create a driver distraction. Among the commons activities that distract drivers are:

Talking on a cell phone

Sending text messages

Checking your email

Watching a video

Eating and drinking

Talking to passengers

Adjusting a radio, CD player, navigation system, or electronic device

Grooming, brushing hair, putting on makeup

Reading billboards

Looking at cars pulled over by police


Children, friends, and pets can all post dangerous distractions while you are driving. Some activities, such as texting while driving, are especially dangerous because they involve all three types of distraction. A driver typing a text message takes his or her eyes off the road, hands off the wheel to type and mind off the task of driving. Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for approximately five seconds. That is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you should consult with a St. Louis accident attorney experienced at handling distracted driving accidents.

Texting While Driving Laws

A driver of any age can be a distracted driver. Texting is especially dangerous. Young drivers are more likely to send text messages, be active on social media or talk on a cellphone while driving. Young drivers are less experienced and are more prone to being involved in distracted driving accidents.

Missouri law prohibits drivers who are under age 22 from sending, writing, or reading a text message or electronic message while driving. A young driver who is cited for texting and driving, if convicted, may be fined $200 and have two points added to his or her driving record. Teen drivers who are ticketed for distracted driving will lose their insurance discounts and have to pay court fees.

Regardless of whether a driver is convicted of distracted driving, you will need to file a separate civil lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court to recover compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys understand the Missouri laws that apply to distracted driving accidents and that protect those who are injured by negligent drivers.

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How Our Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys in St. Louis Can Help

You cannot prevent a distracted driver from causing an accident. But you should not have to absorb the losses caused by a careless driver. The distracted driver should be held liable for the harm caused by his or her negligence.

Our distracted driving attorneys will review the details of your accident during a free consultation and determine whether distracted driving was a likely contributing factor. If so, we will be prepared to thoroughly investigate your accident and prepared a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.

A driver who causes a crash may not admit to police that he or she was talking on a cell phone, texting or reading email. If distracted driving is suspected, our attorneys may obtain the cell phone records of the at-fault driver to determine whether there is cellphone activity around the time of the crash.

We will gather your medical bills and determine whether your injuries will require future medical treatment or rehabilitation expenses. If you have missed work because of the accident, we will determine your present and future loss of income related to the injuries.

We will tally your losses and submit a claim to the insurance company representing the distracted driver. The car accident attorneys at Sansone & Lauber will negotiate aggressively with the insurer for full compensation for your losses.

We recognize that you and your family are going through a difficult time if you or a loved one has been seriously injured. You do not need to worry about how to afford an attorney. We offer a free case consultation and will handle your case on a contingent fee basis. That means that you will not owe a legal fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you through a negotiated settlement. If we do not win, you do not pay an attorney’s fee. That is our way of putting the needs of our clients first.

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Call Our St. Louis Distracted Driving Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a crash through no fault of their own, it is normal to have many questions. You need to understand your legal options so you can make well informed decisions. Our compassionate St. Louis attorneys understand you are going through a tough time and need dependable legal guidance. Let us deal with the insurance companies for you and provide the legal assistance you need so you can focus on your recovery. Call us at 314-863-0500 to discuss your case.