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Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers in St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois

Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers in St Louis, MO. The personal injury lawyers at Burger Law are experts at dealing with texting and driving accident cases and serve the injured and vulnerable throughout Missouri and Illinois. Contact Burger Law or call (314) 500-HURT today for your free case evaluation.

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Drivers who are texting and driving have made a conscious decision to take their eyes off the road and imperil all other drivers and pedestrians in their path. Texting and driving accidents are especially heinous because drivers who regularly text are aware of the dangers of texting and driving, but most continue to text and drive anyway. If you or your loved ones have been the unfortunate victim of a texting and driving accident, you need to know your rights, and you need a talented team of St. Louis car accident lawyers to ensure that you or your loved ones receive the justice and financial compensation you deserve.

If you were injured because someone else made the reckless decision to text and drive, see how much your claim may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.

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Texting and Driving Laws in Missouri and Illinois

Texting and Driving Laws in Missouri and Illinois

On August 28, 2023, the "Siddens Bening Hands Free" law went into effect in Missouri, banning cell phone use for drivers. Until the new law, only drivers 21 years old or younger were prohibited from using cell phones. Under the law, all drivers are prohibited from:

  • Physically holding or supporting a cell phone with any part of their body
  • Manually typing, writing, sending or reading text messages
  • Recording, posting, sending or broadcasting video
  • Participating in video calls or social media posts
  • Watching a video or movie

In Illinois, under 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, no one can use an "electronic communication device," such as a hand-held cell phone or laptop, while driving. This includes both texting and talking on the phone. There are exceptions for GPS devices, talking on the phone through bluetooth or hands-free devices and emergency situations.

Under the doctrine of negligence per se, if someone is ticketed for texting and driving for the accident that injured you, that person is presumed to be negligent and automatically liable for your injuries.

Why Texting and Driving is So Dangerous in St. Louis, MO

Why Texting and Driving Is So Dangerous in St. Louis, MO

There are good reasons why most states have laws against texting and driving, and why Missouri state legislators want are trying to make it illegal. Texting and driving lowers your reaction time to the same extent that four beers will. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, people who text and drive take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 MPH, that means driving the entire length of a football field without looking at the road once. People who text and drive are 23.2 times more likely to be in a crash or near-crash.

Generally speaking, there are three types of distracted driving:

  • Manual distractions, in which a driver's hand or hands are taken off the wheel
  • Visual distractions, which cause the driver to take their eyes off the road
  • Cognitive distractions, which take the driver's mind off the task of driving, making them less aware of sounds and less able to see events in their peripherals

Texting and driving is especially dangerous because it leads to all three types of distractions. Someone who texts and drives cannot see the road, does not have the ability to quickly adapt and is not aware of what is going on.

You Deserve Full Compensation for Someone Else's Negligence

You Deserve Full Compensation for Someone Else's Negligence

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How Can St. Louis Texting and Driving Lawyers Help With My Case?

How Can St. Louis Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers Help With My Case?

Auto accident law firms can help with any car accident in a number of ways:

  • Ensuring you get the right medical treatment
  • Taking depositions of eyewitnesses and expert witnesses
  • Combating the insurance adjuster's tricks if they are not being fair
  • Proving liability if the other party denies fault
  • Calculating your full damages so you get maximum compensation
  • Handling all negotiation, documentation and litigation
  • Keeping you updated on your case
  • Giving you sound legal counsel so you can make the best decision for you and your St. Louis family

In a texting and driving case, your attorney's investigative skills are especially important. In order to prove negligence, you have to show that the other driver was looking at their phone when they caused your crash. In order to do that, your attorney may need to track down eyewitnesses, obtain nearby security footage, look at the negligent driver's social media accounts to see if they were posting at the time or even subpoena their cell phone records.

You can read more about how an attorney can help your car accident injury case in some of our FAQs:

If you have any questions about what our St. Louis car accident lawyers can do for your claim, call us now at (314) 500-HURT. We will discuss your case for free and give you an honest assessment of how much value we can add to your claim.

Texting and Driving Statistics

Texting and Driving Statistics in St. Louis, Missouri

Nationwide, about 424,000 people are injured each year due to a distracted driver. Distracted driving caused 3,142 traffic fatalities in 2020, or 8.1 percent of all crashes. About one in five fatalities were bicyclists or pedestrians.

Texting and driving is more prevalent among teenagers as, in 2019, 39 percent of high school students admitted to texting and driving within the last month.

Thankfully, the percentage of people who use hand-held electronic devices while driving has gone down steadily since 2012, according to the National Highway Safety Administration's Traffic Safety Facts. Still, the administration also reports that each day approximately 660,000 people attempt to text and drive.

What Compensation Can I Recover For My St. Louis, MO Texting and Driving Accident?

What Compensation Can I Recover For My St. Louis, MO Texting and Driving Accident?

With the help of experienced texting and driving lawyers, you can receive compensation for:

The personal injury claim process can be daunting and confusing to people who have never had to go through it before. At Burger Law, our car accident lawyers stand up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and rulebreakers like negligent drivers every day. We know how to get you the full compensation you deserve.

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Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois

Our texting and driving lawyers understand just how devastating a texting and driving accident can be. No one should be the victim of a driver who chose to use negligent actions while operating a motor vehicle, and no one should have to suffer emotionally, physically, or financially because of those actions. If you or someone you love has been affected by a texting and driving accident and need professional guidance through the legal hurdles ahead, allow Burger Law to help in this difficult time. Our experienced and professional lawyers are waiting and ready to assist you today. Contact Burger Law by calling (314) 500-HURT or by completing the online contact form.