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Distracted Drivers

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), 80% of motor vehicle accidents involve some form of distracted driving. Texting while driving is getting a lot of media attention right now, as it should, but anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road can lead to a deadly accident. In order to prove that a distracted driver caused you accident, you need the help of experienced Springfield accident attorneys.


Device use, including texting, is by far one of the most dangerous distractions. Studies have found that texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving, but laws and public perception haven’t caught up to the science.

Old school distractions may not carry the statistical punch, but they still cause serious and fatal accidents. Any type of distraction is negligence. Examples of the types of distractions that lead to motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone, even hands-free
  • Watching videos
  • Posting to social media
  • Taking selfies
  • GPS use
  • Talking to passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Changing the stereo
  • Adjusting climate control and other vehicle settings
  • Personal grooming such as shaving or applying makeup
  • Reading maps
  • Tending to children
  • Reaching for objects on the floor or in the backseat
  • Rubbernecking
  • Daydreaming

Proving Distraction

Technology has created new distractions, but it has also created new ways to discover and prove that distraction was involved in causing an accident. Our experienced Springfield accident attorneys will thoroughly investigate to uncover evidence of distraction such as:

  • Phone records
  • Surveillance video
  • Pictures and videos taken by witnesses
  • Pictures and videos taken by the at-fault driver and posted on social media

To learn more about your rights and potential compensation after an accident, please call the Springfield accident attorneys of Protzman Law Firm, at 816.421.5100 or contact us online right away to schedule your free consultation.