In 2009, Missouri joined a growing list of states that have outlawed texting behind the wheel. The problem is that people spend so many hours behind the wheel that they get too comfortable — comfortable enough to take their eyes off the road while sending text messages.
While texting is a serious problem for the drivers of small cars and trucks, it becomes an even more serious problem when the driver is behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound semi truck. According to a study done by Virginia Tech's Transportation Institute, truckers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or a close call. It's statistics like that which have led the US government to officially prohibit semi-truck drivers and bus drivers from sending text messages while behind the wheel.
At the Carter Law Offices, in Kansas City, Missouri, our truck accident lawyers represent victims in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Our seasoned trial lawyers and support staff work hard to do the right thing for our clients. We fight to maximize the compensation they receive after truck accidents change their lives.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident caused distracted driving, call 816-283-3500 now for a free consultation.
Missouri Truck Accident Attorney
When we take a truck accident case, we conduct a thorough investigation of all the facts and laws involved. We often visit the scene, listen to black box recordings and review driving records. We also secure cell phone records, reviewing them for real time accounting of what calls or texts were made or received. We can often tie a string of texts to the time an accident occurred — proving that it was more likely than not that the driver was texting behind the wheel.
We also handle many types of cases involving distracted driving:
- Eating and drinking
- Using an onboard computer, PDA or navigation system
- Using a cell phone
- Texting while driving
- Reading, including reading maps
If You Have Been Hurt
Your life can be turned upside down in a split second if a truck driver takes his or her eyes off the road. If you or a loved one have been hurt, we would like to hear from you. Give us a call at 816-283-3500 or toll free at 877-276-3500 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Missouri truck accident attorney. You may also contact us online to schedule your free consultation. At Carter Law Offices, we can make a difference.