Seek assistance of experienced legal counsel after accident
Distracted driving is ubiquitous in the United States, and is an issue with which every state is currently struggling. Here in Missouri, particularly in Southwest Missouri, there is also a problem with distracted driving, and given that the number of highway fatalities over the last year has significantly increased, it wouldn’t be surprising if increased distracted driving had something to do with it.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, texting and driving is the most common form of distracted driving, but as the Missouri State Highway Patrol is keen to point out, it is certainly not the only form. Distracted driving can include a wide variety of driving behaviors that lead to cognitive, visual or physical distraction.
Missouri does not have very strict laws pertaining to cell phone use while driving. The only restriction is that novice drivers—drivers younger than 22—are prohibited from texting. Other drivers may text or talk, then, without fear of breaking any law. That being said, every driver is responsible for operating his or her motor vehicle in a reasonably safe manner at all times. Failure to do so can result in liability for property damage and the death or injury of other motorists or pedestrians.
Those who have been harmed by a distracted driver have the right to seek appropriate compensation through the legal system, of course, and it helps to work with an experienced personal injury attorney. Doing so ensures for the accident victim that his or her rights will receive the advocacy they deserve through the entirety of the legal process.