Texting while driving is a serious distraction and can lead to major car accidents. That much is clear. But, are you aware of the actual laws that prevent certain drivers from texting and driving? This law is clearly overlooked by certain drivers our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to set the record straight on what this particular law is all about. Keep reading this week’s blog to learn what the Missouri Cell Phone Use While Driving laws are. If you or someone you care about has been the victim of a car accident caused by a distracted driver, please call Deputy and Mizell today for a consultation, your first one is free. We can be reached at our Lebanon office at 417-532-2191 and our Camdenton office at 573-346-9990.
Missouri’s Cell Phone Use While Driving Laws
In the state of Missouri, drivers who are 21 years old or younger are prohibited from driving while sending or receiving messages on a cellphone or other hand-held device. Commercial drivers must also abide by this law regardless of their age.
There are some exceptions such as if the driver is operating an authorized emergency vehicle or the driver used a hand-held device to report illegal activity, summon emergency assistance, or prevent injury to a person or property.
Missouri law does still allow the use of voice-operated technology or hands-free devices. It is important to work with an auto accident attorney who knows the specific laws around cell phone use and how to build a case for you.
Important Take-Aways From This:
- If you have a driver that is 21 years or younger, make sure they have access to hand free calls in their vehicle for emergencies OR stress that they CAN’T under any circumstances (except for the situations listed above) text while driving.
- You should get legal advice from an EXPERIENCED attorney who is familiar with these matters as soon as possible if you’re involved in a car accident caused by a driver who was texting and driving.
Again, if you or someone you care about has been the victim of a car accident caused by a distracted driver, we urge you to call an experienced personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Having technology easily accessible has its advantages; however, phones have quickly become one of the most dangerous driver distractions. Thousands of Missouri accidents are caused by texting and driving each year. These accidents are completely preventable yet so many people are terribly injured as a result of distracted driving.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver texting or using their phone, you may be entitled to claim compensation. To do so, you will need a personal injury attorney knowledgeable on Missouri’s texting and phone guidelines. The experienced Lake of the Ozarks lawyers at Deputy & Mizell, L.L.C. handle a wide range of auto accident cases, including accidents caused by drivers who were texting. We can build a strong case to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation!
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