PROTECTING YOUR INTERESTS AFTER A ST. LOUIS DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT

Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

Distracted driving accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO. Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm knows that just one second in which someone takes their eyes off the road can mean a lifetime of pain for you. She has seen first-hand the devastating effects of distracted driving accidents and believes that you shouldn’t have to carry the burden for the negligent actions of another driver.

When selecting a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis, MO, not only is experience essential, but so is customer satisfaction and knowing that you have an attorney who is looking out for your best interests at every turn. If you have suffered an injury as a result of someone else not paying attention, contact us or call The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation. All of the cases that we take on are subject to a contingency fee, meaning you do not pay legal fees or other fees up-front.

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Distracted driving, or any activity that takes attention away from the road, can be deadly. According to the CDC, there was an average of 3,260 deaths and 411,667 injuries attributed to distracted driving over a recent six-year period in the US. When it comes to Missouri, there were a total of 21,058 distracted driving accidents in 2017 alone. Of those accidents, 88 people died and 8,809 people were injured.

The exact cause for each of these accidents may be unknown, but one of the most common reasons is texting and driving. Anyone — car, truck, or bus driver — who is guilty of not paying attention to the road should be held liable for damages.

Examples of distracted driving for which you deserve compensation:

  • Texting on a phone
  • Talking on the phone
  • Changing music stations or adjusting knobs
  • Checking maps or GPS
  • Taking photos
  • Checking email or social media sites
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading
  • Grooming (makeup, brushing teeth, shaving, etc.)
  • Talking to other passengers in the vehicle
  • Watching a video
  • Smoking
  • Not watching the road

Distracted Driving Laws in Missouri | Texting and Driving

In general, Missouri law dictates that anyone behind the wheel should drive with a reasonable standard of care — not just for themselves but for the protection of everyone. While someone may not be pulled over by the police for the sole reason of eating their lunch at the wheel, it can certainly be used in a personal injury claim to show negligence.

Fortunately, there are some distracted driving laws in effect in Missouri, but they generally apply to texting and driving for young people; i.e. drivers under the age of 21 are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle while reading or writing an electronic message on a hand-held device. This means that young drivers and people of all ages are still free to talk on a handheld device while driving.

Because the distracted driving laws in Missouri are considered lax compared to other states, this often makes people feel like they can text and drive without any repercussions. When this happens and an injury results, you are entitled to compensation for their negligence.

Missouri’s statute of limitations allows personal injury victims to sue a negligent party for damages up to five years after a truck accident, motorcycle accident, or car accident occurred. Do not delay in reaching out to a St. Louis personal injury lawyer if you think distracted driving played a role in your accident.


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Why You Need the Help of a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO.

Proving the other driver was distracted and, therefore, negligent in a personal injury case often comes down to preparedness and thorough investigation. This is why you need a personal injury lawyer on your side like Amanda Hayden who can utilize a wide range of investigative avenues, including:

  • Subpoenaing cell phone records – It’s possible to subpoena time/date records that show that the person was talking on the phone or sending a text message at the time of the accident.
  • Determining an “electronic trail” at the time of the accident – Cell phone records may not capture all browsing activity, but email messaging, instant messaging apps, web browsing, social media platforms, and other activities just so happen to leave an electronic trail. For example, if the individual made a social media post at or near the time of the crash, that information might be publicly timestamped online.
  • Obtaining vehicle data – Many new vehicles have sophisticated software that monitors certain things, such as how fast the car might’ve been going or even whether the driver was adjusting the car’s radio at the time of the accident.
  • Obtaining the police report – Police officers sometimes include notes about distracted driving in their official report. For example, it is not uncommon to find the at-fault driver’s admission of texting and driving in the police report.
  • Conducting witness testimonies – We get in contact with anyone who might have seen what happened, including passengers in your car, the other driver’s passengers, people in other vehicles, pedestrians in the vicinity of the crash, etc.
  • Reconstructing the accident – We may hire an accident reconstructionist who will investigate your car accident and create a compelling demonstration of how it might’ve happened, including debris, tire marks, or other forensic evidence that could suggest driver distraction.
  • Gathering camera recordings or surveillance footage – With things like cell phone footage, traffic cameras, and security surveillance from nearby businesses being commonplace in today’s modern world, distracted drivers may be caught in the act more than you think. We are able to travel out to the accident site and look for possible sources of photography or video footage.

We use the most technologically-advanced industry best practices to provide outstanding legal services. Only an experienced attorney like Amanda Hayden can not only use these tools, but effectively plead your case in front of large insurance companies and juries, if necessary.

Get in Touch With a Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Louis Who Cares

We all have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other to drive with care. If someone is found to be negligent of this standard, then they should be held responsible for the harm they caused. The Hayden Law Firm is here to help you win damages for losses caused by another person’s carelessness, so that you can move on with your life, confidently, and put this difficult time behind you.

If you have suffered an injury, contact us or call a distracted driving accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk consultation.


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