Motor vehicle accidents caused by distraction are increasing

Missouri readers know that cell phones are part of daily life. Most people have them and use them constantly throughout the day -- sometimes even while they are driving, unfortunately. Distracted driving is a serious safety concern, and it is one of the leading causes for motor vehicle accidents. Despite the fact that most people are aware of the danger associated with using their phones and driving, many still choose to do so.

Not only is distracted driving one of the most prevalent safety concerns facing Missouri motorists, it is a growing concern. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, drivers using their phones is one of the fastest growing reasons for fatal motor vehicle accidents in the state. Many drivers believe that they have the ability to use their periods for short periods of time and still drive safely.

When using a phone, a driver is often not looking at the road for seconds at a time. In the amount of time it can take to read or send a text, a serious or fatal accident can happen. Lawmakers are considering proposed legislation that will ban drivers from texting while behind the wheel. Violations could result in steep fines.

Every driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. When these decisions result in motor vehicle accidents that leave others injured, the driver is liable for damages and financial losses. Victims do not have to suffer in silence, but they can take immediate action to pursue legal recourse through a personal injury claim.

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