Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Missouri, causing hundreds of personal injuries and dozens of fatalities each year.
This may be partly attributed to the fact that Missouri is one of the very few states that has yet to make texting while driving illegal for everyone on the road. In this post, our St. Louis auto accident attorney will talk about the epidemic of distracted driving.
Texting and Driving Problem
One of the most dangerous ways for a driver to be distracted while driving is by texting. It takes the driver’s eyes off the road for long periods of time, takes their one or both hands off the wheel and occupies their attention. According to the NHTSA, in 2015, 3,477 people were killed and as many as 3,91,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents.
Missouri Still Hasn’t Made Texting While Driving Illegal
47 of the U.S. states have banned texting while driving. In 43 states, texting while driving is a primary offense and police can police can pull a driver over for texting and driving. In the remaining four states, it is a secondary offense, which means, police can issue a citation for it, but they cannot make a traffic stop just because the driver was texting or speaking on the cell phone.
Missouri is among the three states that are yet to ban texting and driving. Missouri law only bans texting while driving for drivers under the age of 21. The offender can get away with a fine of up to $100.
When it comes to banning texting while driving, it is a debate between choosing personal freedom and safety of everyone. Most of us enjoy our freedom to do whatever we wish to do, and we do not wish the government to curb our freedom in any way. However, considering the number of deaths and injuries that are resulting from texting and driving, it only makes sense to make it illegal. This can at least discourage people from using their cell phones while behind the wheel, and can save lives. Each life saved this way can make the ban worth it. Giving up the freedom to text while driving, and letting it wait till you reach your destination is a very small price that we have to pay in order to prevent many traffic deaths and injuries.
Injured by a Distracted Driver?
Today, smartphones come with too many distractions ranging from social media apps to gaming apps and messaging tools. No wonder you find hundreds of people glued to their cell phones at every chance they get.
If you have been in an accident caused by a driver who was texting or speaking on the cell phone while driving, you should immediately contact a St. Louis auto accident attorney who can help claim compensation for all your injuries and losses.
Call (314) 361-4242 today for a FREE case evaluation.