A great deal of car accidents that have occurred in Missouri have been caused by drivers who were texting while driving. In November 2012, a 29-year-old man from St. Louis died in a single-vehicle crash. Authorities that arrived on the scene found the young man’s cell phone in the front seat disclosing an incomplete text message, indicating that the man had most likely been texting when he lost control of his vehicle.
The driver was ejected from his car during the accident, and died shortly after. Since the accident, there has been widespread talk about putting forth some law that would limit or dismiss cell phone usage for those driving automobiles.
Currently, Missouri is one of only eleven states that doesn’t have a full ban on texting while driving. The only people who aren’t allowed to text while driving are those who are under the age of 21, which doesn’t make any sense at all if you ask me.
Over the past decade, there have been a number of assorted bills aimed at implementing some law against texting while driving for people of all ages, but none of them have passed Missouri’s state legislature. Oppositions of the ban say that it would intrude on their freedom, and or act as a government incursion.
I live in St. Louis, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much texting while driving takes place in this city. I actually had to hire a St. Louis car accident lawyer two years ago because I was hit by an individual who, although confessed to texting while driving, still wouldn’t admit that the accident was his fault, and thus the case had to be settled in court.
Regardless, there needs to be a law put forth in the state of Missouri that would prevent people from texting while driving, and not just for those under the age of twenty one. Until such law is implemented, there will continue to be car accidents caused by texting while driving.
Author: Bryan is an avid writer for Kullmann, Klein & Dioneda P.C., a group personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys in St. Louis, MO.