Distracted driving is a serious safety concern for those in Missouri and across the country. Many people choose to engage in distracting behaviors while driving, consequently putting everyone else on the road at risk for a personal injury incident. Whether it is talking on the phone, texting, eating or doing anything other than driving, all types of distracted driving are dangerous and preventable.
Despite the fact that the number of distraction-related accidents in Missouri has been on the rise, there have been few attempts to pass measures and laws to curtail the dangerous behavior. In fact, since 2014, the number of these types of accidents has risen 35 percent. However, there are a few proposed measures lawmakers are considering in this current session that could increase penalties for distracted driving.
Most people who choose to use their phones while driving believe they are not a problem because they are careful. However, drivers often overestimate their ability to text, talk on the phone or do other things while also driving. If some of these proposed measures pass, it could increase penalties for those caught using their phones while behind the wheel.
Regardless of the laws in place or what Missouri lawmakers pass to make roads safer, a person negatively affected by distracted driving has the right to seek compensation and hold liable parties accountable. A victim of an accident caused by negligent or reckless driving may be able to claim compensation through a personal injury claim. A complete assessment of the case can help an accident victim understand what options are available to him or her.