Texting While Driving Car Accidents in North Kansas City

The “Siddens Bening Hands Free Law” is now in effect in Missouri, making it illegal for drivers of any age to use a handheld electronic communications device while driving. For now, those who violate this law will only receive a warning rather than a traffic citation; however, someone who has been hurt in an automobile accident that was caused by another person texting while driving can still receive compensation for their injuries and property damage.

Still, when you are hurt in an auto crash caused by a texting driver, you may have a deceptively difficult road ahead of you—whether you are filing a claim with an insurance company or filing a civil suit to recover fair compensation for your wreck-related losses. An experienced attorney from BG Law could help protect your rights and successfully pursue restitution when you are injured in a texting while driving car accident in North Kansas City.

What Damages Could Be Recoverable Through a Successful Claim?

Someone in North Kansas City who gets hurt in a texting while driving vehicle accident can be compensated for losses that are both measurable and immeasurable. Common examples of measurable, or economic, losses include:

  • All past and future medical expenses for accident-related injuries
  • Lost working capacity or work income and benefits
  • Vehicle repair or replacement costs
  • Other forms of property damage
  • Expenses such as rental car fees

Common examples of these immeasurable, or non-economic, losses include:

  • Physical discomfort and pain
  • Lost enjoyment or quality of life
  • Emotional distress or psychological trauma

In addition, the court occasionally imposes additional “punitive damages” on a driver who has acted with “deliberate and flagrant disregard” for others by texting behind the wheel; however, these damages rarely play a role in auto accident claims.

How To Prove a Texting Driver Caused a Car Crash

It may seem obvious, but holding a negligent driver legally and financially accountable for a texting while driving wreck requires proving the incident occurred because the driver was using their phone when they should have been paying attention to the road.

Establishing fault for this type of car wreck requires collecting evidence in a timely fashion. A skilled attorney at our firm could build a strong claim by collecting documentation from a range of sources, including traffic cameras, eyewitness testimony, dashcam footage, and photos and videos of the crash scene. We could compile this evidence into a comprehensive settlement demand or lawsuit.

Currently, a motorist caught by the police using a handheld device will only receive a warning. In 2025, though, the police will start issuing citations to a driver who is texting. At that time, it will be easier to prove a driver caused an accident by texting while driving in North Kansas City, since the police citation will serve as evidence that the responsible driver was acting negligently.

Contact a North Kansas City Attorney for Help With a Texting While Driving Car Accident Claim

Looking at a phone instead of the road is one of the most irresponsible things anyone can do behind the wheel. When you are hurt in a wreck caused by someone displaying this kind of negligence, you may have grounds to make a claim on their insurance or take legal action against them by demanding civil restitution for your injuries.

Texting while driving car accidents in North Kansas City are easier to handle with guidance from experienced legal professionals. At BG Law, we have helped many people like you get the compensation they deserve. Learn more by calling today.

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