Driving requires our full attention. Even a split-second distraction can lead to accidents, injuries, or even fatalities. Alarmingly, the number of distracted driving incidents is increasing.
The Rise in Distracted Driving
Distracted driving isn’t just about texting or making phone calls. Anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind away from driving can be a distraction. This includes eating, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, or even daydreaming.
The rise of smartphones has also exacerbated this problem. Glances to check notifications, responding to messages, or using apps while driving can all lead to devastating outcomes.
Why Is This a Concern?
Distracted driving endangers the driver and everyone else on the road. When you’re not paying full attention, your reaction time slows down. This delay, even if it’s just a few seconds, can be the difference between avoiding an accident or causing one.
In 2022, 84 people were killed in Missouri distracted driving crashes. 51% of people killed were someone other than the distracted driver.
What Can Be Done?
- Awareness: Understanding the risks is the first step. Many don’t realize how dangerous it is to drive distracted until it’s too late.
- Technology: Some apps and phone settings can help. They can silence notifications or send auto-responses to incoming messages while driving.
- Legislation: Missouri has recently enacted a new law that aims to reduce distracted driving by prohibiting the use of electronic communication devices while driving unless they are voice-operated or hands-free. The law became effective on August 28, 2023, but law enforcement officers may not issue citations until January 1, 2025.
How Ryan R. Cox & Associates Can Help
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident due to distracted driving, you need a team that genuinely understands and cares about your situation. That’s where Ryan R. Cox & Associates step in.
- Personal Touch: We recognize the deep impact injuries can have on you and your family. With us, you’re not just another case. We’re here to offer legal aid and emotional support during these trying times.
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Contact a Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer
Distracted driving is a growing problem on our roads. But with awareness, technology, and strict laws, we can fight this issue. If you find yourself or a loved one injured due to such negligence, know that Ryan R. Cox & Associates is here to help.
For a free consultation and to discuss your case, contact us online or call today at (636) 946-6886.