Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

Texting and driving accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO. Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm knows that texting while driving is a conscious decision. When a driver chooses to take their eyes off the road — even for one second to check a notification — they are endangering the lives of others. That one moment of distraction can mean a lifetime of pain for you, for which, the reckless driver should be held responsible.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of a texting and driving accident, contact us or call a St. Louis personal injury lawyer at 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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Dangers of Texting and Driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there was an average of 3,260 deaths and 411,667 injuries attributed to distracted driving over a recent six-year period. The term “distracted driving” used by the CDC can cover a wide range of activities behind the wheel like eating, drinking, applying makeup, or anything else in which a person is not paying attention to the road — but none are more deadly than texting and driving.

The reason for this is that it combines all three categories of distraction:

  • Manual – taking one or both hands off the wheel
  • Visual – taking eyes off the road
  • Cognitive – taking mind off of driving

Put simply, when someone views a text message for even five seconds, their hands are not on the wheel, their eyes are not on the road, and their mind is distracted long enough to cover the length of an entire football field. This is much too long to be thinking about anything other than driving. Overall, texting and driving increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times. If you were the victim of a car accident in which someone made the decision to view a text and, therefore, put your life at risk, you may be entitled to file a claim to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact a distracted driving lawyer in St. Louis, MO, to get started on a claim.

Texting and Driving Laws in Missouri

Missouri remains one of only a few states without a complete ban on texting and driving. Even so, the laws only apply to specific groups and are comparatively lax.

  • Commercial drivers are prohibited from operating their commercial vehicle while using a cellphone for phone calls or to send, read, or write an electronic message.
  • Drivers who are 21 years old or younger are prohibited from operating their motor vehicle while sending, reading, or writing an electronic message on their cell phone.

Young drivers are still allowed to talk on their phones while driving though, which can create a precarious situation for people of all ages. For example, with teens being less experienced drivers due to their lack of years on the road, adding phone distractions into the mix can be a deadly combination. In 2018 alone, 8 percent of fatal car crashes that involved a young person aged 15 to 19 years old were caused by the teen being distracted at the time of the crash.

In these cases — as well as any incident in which a driver of any age chooses to text and drive — the laws in Missouri did not stop them from still picking up their phone. And just because law enforcement cannot legally fine someone for texting and driving doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t have to pay.

If you were harmed because someone else chose to use their phone behind the wheel, you deserve justice. You deserve a lawyer who cares. You deserve The Hayden Law Firm. Do not delay in reaching out to a texting and driving lawyer; there is a five-year statute of limitations in Missouri to sue a negligent party after a truck accident, motorcycle accident, or car accident.

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Why the Experience of a Texting and Driving Accident Attorney Can Help

These types of cases ultimately come down to proving that the other party was distracted by their cell phone in some capacity at the time of the accident. Gathering definitive proof that holds up in court can certainly be challenging to do on your own, which is why you need the help of a texting and driving attorney like Amanda Hayden who has a vast amount of resources at her disposal.

Our discovery phase allows us to tap into different investigative avenues that provide compelling documentation that supports your case. These include:

  • Surveillance footage – Footage from nearby businesses, traffic cameras, and pedestrians’ cell phone can capture definitive photographic proof that the negligent driver was on their phone at the time of the accident.
  • Cell phone records – Time/date records may show that the negligent driver sent a text message at the time of the accident.
  • Electronic trails – Certain activities leave an electronic trail that can show the negligent driver was distracted by an instant messaging app, social media platform, email message, or web browser at the time of the accident.
  • Witness testimonies – People who saw the accident may provide testimony that reveals the negligent driver was on their phone at the time of the accident.
  • Police reports – Notes in the police report may capture evidence that the negligent driver admitted to texting and driving at the time of the accident.
  • Accident reconstructions – Professional accident reconstructionists can put together compelling demonstrations that show the negligent driver was distracted with their phone at the time of the accident.

At The Hayden Law Firm, we use the most technologically-advanced practices to give you the best chance at success. Only an experienced attorney like Amanda Hayden not only has access to these tools, but can use them to effectively plead your case in front of large insurance companies and juries.

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

Just one second in which someone takes their eyes off the road to look at their phone can mean a lifetime of pain for you. At The Hayden Law Firm, we have seen first-hand the devastating effects of texting and driving accidents and it is our mission to help these people and their families.

If you have suffered an injury, you shouldn’t have to carry the long-term burden for the negligent actions of another. Contact us or call a texting and 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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