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Accidents Caused by Driver Texting or Using Cell Phones

Cell phones and texting draw drivers’ attention away from traffic, road conditions, traffic signals, and general operation of their vehicles. A recent study published by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that people driving and texting were 23.2 times more likely to be involved in crashes than drivers focused solely on driving. With advances in phone technology, including connection to the internet, the distractions are only becoming greater.

It is estimated that at least one million people are driving and using a cell phone at any given time.

Missouri Texting and Cell Phone Use While Driving Laws

Many states have enacted laws prohibiting texting or cell phone use while driving. In Missouri, however, the only limitation currently imposed by law is a ban on texting for drivers under the age of 21.

Negligence Caused by Texting or Cell Phone Use

The only recourse in Missouri for a victim who is injured by a distracted driver is a personal injury lawsuit based on the negligence of the driver. Not only can an at-fault motorist using a cell phone be charged with negligence, but his or her employer may also be found negligent if the driver was making a business-related call.

Punitive Damages

Claims of punitive damages are also achievable if the conduct at issue showed reckless disregard for public safety. It is therefore important to find an attorney willing to carefully investigate and pursue all avenues of recovery. Attorney Greg L. Roberts aggressively seeks cell phone records and questions the driver as to his or her activities immediately preceding the accident.

Success in Texting and Cell Phone Cases

Roberts has been successful in obtaining favorable verdicts or settlements where he was able to prove that the defendant was driving while texting or using a cell phone at the time of the accident. If you have been involved in an automobile accident that you feel may have been caused by a distracted driver, you need the knowledge and resources of an experienced lawyer to ensure you receive just and adequate compensation for your injuries.

No Recovery, No Fee: Chesterfield Distracted Driver Case Attorney

The Roberts Law Firm P.C. takes personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you will only pay attorney’s fees if we obtain compensation for you. For a free consultation with a lawyer, call us toll-free at 866-585-5643, locally at 636-530-9199 or contact us online.

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