Cape Girardeau Cell Phone Car Accidents
Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Serving Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Cell phone use while driving is becoming an epidemic, as cell phones have been found to cause 1 out of every 4 car accidents. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle leads to 1.6 million crashes per year. These accidents accounted for nearly 400,000 injuries in 2015 and approximately 3,477 fatalities. Although cell phone-related accidents are typically 100% preventable, thousands of people and their families are affected financially and emotionally every year due to this form of careless driving. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Cape Girardeau car accident lawyers have helped those injured in car wrecks for over 30 years, and we have collected over $1.5 billion for our clients to compensate them for physical and emotional losses.
Pursuing Damages After a Cell Phone Car Accident
Under Missouri law, it is against the law for commercial drivers and anyone 21 years of age or younger to use any hand-held or electronic communications device to send, read, or write a text message while operating a moving vehicle. Moreover, commercial drivers are further prohibited from operating their vehicles while using a hand-held mobile telephone. If a driver operates a vehicle in violation of one of the above-mentioned laws, and in the process causes an accident to take place, those injured will likely have a legal claim for negligence against the at-fault driver.
Drivers should keep their eyes on the road at all times, instead of constantly looking down at their devices. As such, cell phones are a common form of distracted driving. A driver may be considered negligent by using a cell phone in many ways, including talking on the phone, surfing the Internet, texting while driving, browsing social media, checking email, or playing games.
If you were involved in a car wreck in the Cape Girardeau area resulting from someone using their cell phone, you may have suffered serious injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and time off work. In order to recover for your damages, you will need to prove the other driver acted in a negligent manner. To do this, you will have to show that the defendant owed you a duty to drive safely, the defendant breached that duty by using his or her cell phone while driving, the other driver caused the wreck, and that you suffered damages as a result. The key element here is determining whether the driver using his or her cell phone improperly. Our attorneys handle car accident cases every day, and we understand the importance of gathering evidence to support your claim. We will actively search for potential witnesses, and it may be necessary to demand the preservation of cell phone records as part of our investigation process.
Cell phone car accidents may result in serious and life-threatening injuries that require immediate medical attention. It is common to see broken bones, brain trauma, paralysis, and concussions after an auto accident occurs. If you have been hurt in a car wreck, you should obtain medical treatment from a professional. Many auto accident victims in the area are treated at St. Francis Medical Center, which is located at 211 St. Francis Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703.
Call a Lawyer to Help with Your Cape Girardeau Accident
Studies show that at just 55 miles per hour, if you look down to read or write a text message, you will travel the length of an entire football field before your eyes come back to the road. This is a scary proposition. If you or a loved one has been involved in a cell phone car accident, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We serve accident victims throughout Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky, including in Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call us at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free consultation with an injury attorney. NST is the way to go for those looking for zealous representation following an auto accident.