Distracted Driving Liability

This article discusses the primary difference between a typical car accident case and a car accident caused by distracted driving. Before discussing the difference, it is helpful to define what I mean by “distracted driving”. Generally speaking, distracted driving is engaging in any activity not necessary for the operation of the motor vehicle that causes a driver to take their eyes off the road for an extended moment of time (at least 2 seconds).   (more…)

0 Comments

Distracted Driving is More Dangerous than Drunk Driving

As a lawyer who has concentrated in representing people injured in motor vehicle accidents for over 27 years, the nature of the crash cases I handle has changed dramatically over the last 8 years. Starting in 2009, I have seen a steady increase in serious injuries caused by distracted drivers, specifically drivers who are using their cell phones to talk, text, or other functions involving the use of the small phone keyboard. (more…)

0 Comments
Read more about the article Distracted Driving Crash Investigations
Side view of writing on clipboard while insurance agent examining car after accident

Distracted Driving Crash Investigations

My law practice, which is concentrated in handling motor vehicle accident cases, has changed dramatically over the last 8 years. Since 2009, I have a steady increase in the number of collisions caused by drivers who I suspect were using a cell phone while driving. However, because cell phone use behind the wheel is rarely admitted by drivers who cause crashes, it is important to identify independent evidence in an investigation that can lead to the conclusion that the driver at fault was engaged in manipulating a cell phone just before the crash.    (more…)

0 Comments

Missouri Distracted Driving Prevention Efforts

In October 2016 the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety published “Missouri’s Blueprint – A Partnership Toward Zero Deaths”. While this document addressed quite a few traffic safety priorities, a plan was developed for curbing distracted driving. The plan was well-received as many traffic safety experts believe that cell phone use behind the wheel is playing a big factor in the increase of roadway fatalities in Missouri. (more…)

0 Comments

Distracted Driving Prevention

There is little doubt that distracted driving has become epidemic in the U.S.  In fact, largely due to studies that show that over 25% of all crashes in the United States are caused by a distracted driver, distracted driving prevention is now America’s top driving safety priority. While the cell phone is responsible for the overwhelming number of distracted drivers, drivers have become more comfortable doing any number of tasks while driving. Thus, based on my personal experience as a crash lawyer, I believe that the percentage of crashes caused from all forms of distracted driving is probably over 50%. (more…)

0 Comments