Studies have shown that distracted drivers, such as those who are text messaging while driving, may be just as likely to cause an accident as those who are driving drunk. Yet other polls have indicated that around a third of Americans admit to having sent or received a text message while driving.
The dangers of texting while driving were made apparent in August of 2010, when a Missouri school bus accident that killed two people was ruled to be caused by a texting driver. Current Missouri law prohibits those under the age of 21 from texting while driving, but legislators are looking to change the law to include drivers of all ages. Regardless of their age, if a text messaging driver causes an accident, they are liable for the losses suffered by those impacted by their negligent behavior.
There’s no denying that distracted driving has become a real, serious problem, so much so that the National Traffic Safety Board has urged states to outlaw all cell phone use while driving. Although not all accidents caused by distracted drivers are related to text messaging, the number of car crashes from texting while driving is on the rise. Yet anytime a driver takes their eyes off the road, for any reason, the results could be disastrous – for not only themselves, but for the innocent people around them.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident caused by a driver who was texting, you may be entitled to money for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other harms and losses. If you’ve lost a loved one due to a careless distracted driver, the person who is responsible for this should pay for their actions. No matter your specific situation, if you’ve suffered harm due to someone texting while driving, St. Louis car accident attorney Christopher R. Dixon can help.
When it comes to texting while driving, or distracted driving, attorney Chris Dixon has the experience necessary to untangle the facts in these often-complicated cases. When necessary, he’s able to hire investigators or accident reconstructionists, obtain cell phone records, and interview witnesses. The purpose of a police investigation is simply to determine which party was at fault. To get the money you’re entitled to, you’ll need to bring a claim against the other party, and to increase your chances of success, you’ll need to hire a top Missouri personal injury attorney to represent you.
Call Christopher R. Dixon today to discuss your options. There’s no charge for an initial consultation, and all cases are taken on a contingency basis.