The Undeniable Truth of Texting and Driving Accidents
DUIs, icy conditions, speeding, and inexperienced drivers used to account for the majority of road injuries and death. Not so much in 2018.
More than a quarter of all recent car crashes involve cell phone use, according to the DMV. This makes texting and driving one of the most dangerous habits young and old drivers have developed over the past several years. Leading to more than 1,000 distracted driver injuries every 24 hours, you can begin to see how big of a concern this has become. (Other sources claim that almost 66 percent of all vehicle accidents are linked to phones.)
Texting and Driving Accidents in St. Louis
Nine deaths and 1,000 injuries per day are important numbers to keep in mind. The implications of using a cell phone may not affect your life, but the results of texting and driving could seriously injure or even kill a family member. When this happens, it’s critical to consider the implications of distracted driving.
As a texting and driving lawyer in parts of Missouri and Illinois, the Dixon Injury Firm has helped a number of families recover compensation. It’s an all-to-common accident as well as one of the more avoidable ones.
Here are a few tips to avoid texting and driving accidents:
- Keep devices out of reach or turn them off
- Don’t depend on hands-free devices; they still cause accidents
- Pull over and then text or answer your phone
Defeating texting and driving is as simple as not doing it.
Are You a Victim of Texting and Driving?
In the Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois area, we get our fair share of distracted driving accidents. Some programs like Drive for Tomorrow are put in place to lower the number of teenage driving fatalities (418 in three years), many of which involved cell phones. Texting while driving is banned in most states, after all, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it.
If you are a victim in a driving and texting accident, it’s essential to know your rights and approach the situation with care. First off, you or the injured friend or family member needs to get medical attention right away. Next, you may need to contact your insurance company and, in many cases, a car accident or texting and driving lawyer.
Here are other leading causes of vehicle-related injuries:
- Hitting a Parked Car
- Striking an Animal
- Side-Impact Collisions
- Reckless Driving
- Driving Intoxicated
- Rushing Red Lights
- Driving at Night
At the Dixon Injury Firm, we see a lot of car accident cases where we not only help victims through the legal process, but ensure they receive compensation that covers damages (i.e. medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, repairs). Another reason opening a texting and driving claim is to raise community awareness. Like in DUI cases, lawyers and victims are in a position to make sure proper safety measures and punishments are put in place, hopefully leading to a decrease in these tragedies.
You can call the Dixon Injury Firm at (314) 409-7060 for a free consultation, case review, and more information. As always, drivers need to think to themselves how much a text is worth. A life? Two?