Many people use cell phones while driving these days. That poses a risk for everyone sharing the roads. People who check their phones 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.
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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of 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:
Many activities can create a driver distraction. Among the commons activities that distract drivers are:
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 of 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.
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.
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.
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.