Increase in Kansas City Distracted Driving Accidents in Kansas City

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by | Jan 19, 2011 | Auto Accidents

As a Kansas City car accident attorney, I am not alarmed by the fact that there has been a slight increase in 2010 distracted driving accidents in Kansas City.

Trying to isolate distracted driving as a factor in accidents can be tricky. The term “distracted driving” includes a broad range of driving behaviors, including not just cell phone use and texting while driving, but also snacking, changing radio stations and applying makeup while driving. Motorists have been known to indulge in wildly inappropriate behavior behind the wheel, all of them guaranteed to take their attention away from the road.

All of these behaviors can constitute distracted driving. However, it’s easy for drivers to hide the fact that they were texting or talking on the cell phone while driving. Investigators and accident attorneys can identify cell phone use as a factor in an accident by going through the motorist’s cell phone records. However, other forms of distracted driving can be hard to isolate.

As a Kansas City car accident lawyer, I have launched a safety campaign called “Drive By Example” in order to do my part to curb distracted driving. For more information, please visit

What alarms me as a Kansas City car accident lawyer is the fact that distractions are taken so lightly in our country. One of the reasons for this, I believe, is because driving is much easier than it used to be, with more advanced automobiles making it easier to be mobile. Unfortunately, this can create complacency among motorists who believe that they can perform multiple tasks while driving. It’s usually an accident that finally convinces them that they can’t.