[cbc_video id=”10371″ volume=”30″ width=”350″ aspect_ratio=”16×9″ autoplay=”0″ controls=”1″]It takes about 5 seconds to send a typical text message. During that time, a car going 55 mph can travel the length of a football field without the driver paying attention to the road. Numerous studies have shown that texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. That’s why many states, including Missouri and Illinois, have put limitations on the dangerous practice. But texting while driving still causes many serious car accidents despite these laws. If a driver who was distracted by texting caused your injuries in a car accident, The Cagle Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Missouri law makes it illegal for drivers under 21 to send or read text messages while driving. Illinois bars all motorists from texting behind the wheel. Many drivers disobey these laws, sending and receiving texts while driving. Regardless of whether the driver who caused your accident was charged with breaking the law, evidence of texting while driving could help establish that the at-fault driver should be held responsible for your damages.
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At The Cagle Law Firm, our St. Louis car accident attorneys can fully analyze the causes of your crash, including using phone records and other evidence to determine if distractions like texting played a role. If you suspect the at-fault driver’s texting contributed to your accident, call our Missouri and Illinois accident lawyers now for a no-cost case evaluation.
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About Texting While Driving Accidents in Missouri and Illinois
Texting while driving is one of the worst distractions behind the wheel when it comes to highway safety. Texting increases the risk of having a crash by 23 times, according to a study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Distracted driving car accidents claimed the lives of 5,474 people on U.S. roads in 2009, and injured 448,000 more, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. Many of those deaths and injuries were related to texting while driving.
Missouri is one of many states to enact some form of restriction on sending electronic text messages while driving. A law passed in Missouri in 2009 makes it illegal for drivers under age 21 to send text messages while driving. Illinois law forbids drivers of all ages to send or read text message or emails while driving on Illinois roads.
Missouri Highway Patrol statistics show that distracted drivers cause one accident out of four in Missouri, including many serious injury accidents and fatal collisions. Texting while driving is a glaringly obvious form of distracted driving and can have serious consequences. In Illinois, cell phone distractions, including texting, caused or contributed to nearly 1,300 vehicle crashes in 2009, according to the Illinois State Police.
Drivers who send text messages while driving jeopardize the safety of other motorists on the road. If a driver who was texting while driving caused an accident resulting in serious injuries to you or your family member, you have a legal right to hold the driver and his or her insurance company accountable for your injuries. You shouldn’t have to pay for medical bills caused by the negligence of a driver who was paying more attention to texting than driving. Because the issue of a driver’s negligence in causing an accident is separate from any traffic citations, it is not necessary for the at-fault driver to have received a ticket for texting while driving.