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Driver Distraction Still on the Rise - St. Louis Car Injury Lawyers

By Christopher Hoffmann  Jul. 13, 2017 9:47a

In 2015 there was a 7.2 increase in deaths due to car accidents from the previous year. This is the greatest increase in nearly 50 years. One in ten died due to driver distraction. A third died because the driver was either speeding or was driving drunk. A massive one in two of those who died were not wearing a seat belt. There was also a massive increase in deaths of motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Medical costs following an accident are also much higher than they have ever been before.

Without a doubt, drivers are more distracted than ever before. This obviously leads to a large number of accidents every year. Nowadays we have all sorts of distracting onboard technology in our vehicles, and many drivers are busy looking up music via Bluetooth, answering text messages, or having a glance at their Facebook feed, instead of paying attention to the road. These simple but distracting tasks can and do kill many people every single day.

So what to do about it?

You should make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage, so if you are involved in an accident, you can recover some, if not all of your expenses, which may include property damage and/or medical bills. If you are involved in an accident then you should always seek the help of a St Louis car crash attorney who can help you to claim compensation. While saving money is important, don't compromise your safety by skimping on parts for your car or by not getting it repaired when work needs to be done.

If you have been involved in a St. Louis auto accident with a distracted driver, call (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

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