Distracted driving in Missouri – not a crime, but still negligent

FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Distracted driving is one of the top three causes of auto accidents in Missouri, and it comes as no surprise that texting while driving is one of the main reasons for distraction. In Missouri, there is no law prohibiting everyone from texting and driving; in fact, Missouri and Montana are the only two states without this ban. The current Missouri law states that only people 21 and under are prohibited from texting and driving.

Even though Missouri law does not prevent all drivers from using their cell phones from a traffic infraction perspective, it is still a negligent act. If a driver causes an accident due to phone use while driving, they can still be held accountable and liable for causing injuries. Damages that the distracted driver could be held responsible for include: 

  • Pain and suffering

  • Lost wages (past and future)

  • Property damage

  • Medical expenses and future medical needs

  • Wrongful death

  • Mental health issues

If you are injured in an auto accident with a distracted driver, there are options to pursue financial compensation to help you make a full recovery. Dawson Law Firm is experienced in settling auto injury claims and is ready to walk you through every step of the process.

Dawson Law Firm, LLC.
Licensed in Missouri




Dawson Law Firm, LLC.
222 S. Central Ave. Ste.1100. St. Louis, MO 63105

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