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!
Why You Need a Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer
We understand that the time after an accident can be extremely stressful and overwhelming for you. That’s why we make it our priority to handle all of the complicated legal details so you can focus on healing and recovering from your injuries.
We will look into the accident report, speak to witnesses from the scene of the accident, and conduct our own investigation to gain an accurate account of what happened. Based on the facts of your case, we will determine what the other driver and their insurance company owe you and present that to them during the negotiation process.
We may seek compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Injuries and physical pain
- Emotional suffering
How We Will Deal With the Insurance Company
It is the insurance company’s job to minimize the amount of money they have to pay you, so they may attempt to use tactics against you to admit fault for the accident. That is why it is very important to obtain an auto accident lawyer experienced in dealing with various insurance companies and have them speak on your behalf.
Deputy & Mizell will not accept a low settlement. If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we are fully prepared to take your case to court. If your case should go to trial, you can depend on our seasoned trial attorneys to present a strong case to the jury that shows exactly what you have endured, who is at fault, and what damages you are entitled to.
Missouri’s Cell Phone Use 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.
Speak to One of Our Auto Accident Lawyers
Deputy & Mizell represent clients all over the Lake of the Ozarks area. For expert legal assistance in your texting and driving accident case, schedule a free consultation with our accident lawyers. You can reach us by phone at 417-532-2191, toll free at 1-877-532-2191 or by using the contact form.CONTACT US | SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION