Distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, is often associated with inexperienced, teenage drivers.
However, in a recent survey conducted by AT&T, almost half of all adults admitted to texting while driving. Contrast this number with 43% of teenagers that text and drive. Interestingly, 98% percent of adults admit they know it is wrong to text while driving and 60% said they were not doing this three years ago.
Texting and Driving Laws
The majority of states are passing laws that restrict all drivers from texting while driving. This is because texting while operating a vehicle has resulted in many reported accidents and even fatalities.
Currently Missouri law prohibits all drivers 21 or younger from texting while driving. This makes Missouri only 1 of 9 states that has not prohibited everyone, young and old, from texting while behind the wheel. It is important to note, however, that there are many working to change this.
In the meantime, there is no question that texting and driving poses a real threat to both drivers and pedestrians. As the numbers show, it is not a matter of knowing that texting and driving is wrong, it is a matter of taking action and choosing not to text while operating a vehicle. Whether you are young or old, it is important to do your part and drive responsibly. Not only does this show respect for other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians and contributing to safer driving conditions, it will also benefit you in that you will be less likely to be involved in an auto-related accident.
Missouri Car Accident Lawyers
Although you may be a cautious driver, there are still many distracted drivers out on the roads. As a result, you may be involved in a car accident as a result of another driver’s negligence. If you are, it is important to contact a St. Louis car accident lawyer right away. It is important to act quick so your lawyer can preserve evidence and build a strong case for you.
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we have experience working to get victims of Missouri auto accidents the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured in a Missouri auto accident, call us today at (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation. We will help you hold those responsible for any injuries or expenses you have incurred.
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