Distracted driving poses significant risks on the roads of Kansas City, Missouri, endangering the lives of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike. Whether it's texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, or any other form of distraction, these behaviors can lead to devastating car accidents and life-altering injuries.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver in Kansas City, it is crucial to seek the assistance of a skilled car accident lawyer. A Peterson & Associates car accident lawyer can provide the necessary legal guidance and representation, helping you navigate the complexities of insurance claims and pursue rightful compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages incurred due to the accident.
2023 Distracted Driving Statistics
Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car accident deaths on Missouri roads. Consider these NHTSA stats on distracted driving car crashes from a May 2023 report:
- An estimated 3,522 people were killed and 362,415 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving distracted drivers in 2021.
- In 2021, distracted driving was reported in 8% of fatal crashes, 14% of injury crashes, and 13% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- Among drivers aged 15 to 20 involved in fatal crashes, 7% were reported as distracted, the highest proportion within any age group.
- In 2021, there were 644 nonoccupants (pedestrians, pedalcyclists, etc.) killed in distraction-affected traffic crashes.
- The report mentions that distractions include factors beyond cell phone use, such as eating, adjusting controls, and interacting with passengers.
- The economic cost of all motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States in 2019 was estimated at $340 billion, with distracted-driving crashes accounting for $98 billion of that total.
- The estimated societal harm resulting from distracted-driving crashes in 2019 was $395 billion when considering factors like quality of life.
Most Common Distracted Driving Behaviors in Missouri
- Texting or talking on the phone
- Adjusting the radio
- Grooming or applying makeup
- Eating and drinking
Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas to Protect Your Right to Compensation After a Car Accident Caused by a Distracted Driver
If you have sustained an injury due to a car accident, we are here to help. Insurance companies are notorious for doling out low-ball settlements, and we won’t back down until we get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Our skilled personal injury attorneys are here to answer all your questions and help you through the legal process.
Here's what to expect when you work with our legal team:
- We gather evidence. We collect and analyze all relevant evidence pertaining to the car accident, including accident reports, witness statements, photographs, video footage, medical records, and any other supporting documentation.
- We evaluate damages. We assess the extent of your injuries and losses resulting from the car accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
- We determine liability. We investigate the accident to determine who is at fault and establish liability. This may involve reviewing police reports, consulting with
- We build a strong case. We build a strong legal case using the gathered evidence, medical records, expert opinions, and applicable laws. We present a compelling argument to support your compensation claim.
- We calculate fair compensation. We calculate the appropriate amount of compensation you deserve based on the extent of your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other relevant factors. This includes projecting future medical costs and the potential long-term effects of your injuries.
- accident reconstruction experts, and interviewing witnesses.
- We negotiate with insurance companies. We handle all communication and negotiation with insurance companies on your behalf. This includes filing insurance claims, providing necessary documentation, and advocating for fair compensation.
- We represent you in court. If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, we represent you in court. We prepare and present your case, cross-examine witnesses, and argue for your rights to compensation before a judge and jury.