Distracted Driver Accidents

Springfield, MO Distracted Driver Accident Attorneys

Representing Clients Injured by Distracted Drivers

In today’s busy world, cars have become spaces where drivers talk on the phone, text, email, search the internet, apply makeup, take selfies, and perform many other tasks. Far from multitasking, these distractions redirect the driver’s focus and take their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road.

During the more than 20 years our partners at Bishop & Hayes have been in practice, they have witnessed extraordinary advancements in technology and the resulting increase in distracted driving collisions. We recognize the devastation a distracted driver can impart on auto crash victims and their families, all due to one text or phone call.

Our attorneys vigorously advocate for victims’ rights to recover insurance compensation and to hold the negligent driver accountable in civil court. Your claim is personally handled by one of our partners, not an associate or a paralegal, so you are guaranteed to receive the experienced, knowledgeable representation you expect from your legal counsel.

Schedule your initial consultation by calling us at (417) 785-3410 today.

Facts About Distracted Driving

Distracted drivers killed 3,179 people and injured 431,000 people in 2014. Although most attention focuses on texting and talking on smartphones, distractions include any activity that diverts attention away from operating the vehicle.

These actions include: 

  • Using Facebook
  • Using X
  • Using Tiktok
  • Posting an Instagram photo
  • Searching the internet
  • Eating or drinking
  • Disciplining or entertaining children
  • Brushing hair, applying makeup, or other grooming
  • Reaching into the back seat to retrieve an object
  • Changing a song on the radio or digital player
  • Reading GPS or written directions

Texting While Driving Laws

Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas have laws banning motorists from texting while driving. In addition, these states prohibit novice drivers from using a handheld device. Unfortunately, other drivers can continue legally talking on the phone instead of paying attention to the road. Only Missouri prohibits drivers 20 and younger from texting while driving and places no restrictions on phone use.

Although lawmakers have been slow to fully protect the public from distracted driving crashes, when an accident occurs, the distracting activity is powerful evidence of negligence.

Proving Distraction Caused the Crash

Our attorneys review the facts for telltale signs of distracted driving, like lane drift, swerving, and failing to apply the brakes. In some newer cars, we may have the advantage of electronic data showing the driver’s behavior immediately before the crash. We may subpoena phone records to research whether the driver transmitted a text or made a call right before impact.

Get Started on Your Case Today

A distracted driver needlessly risks your safety, and you deserve compensation for your injuries. Discuss your claim at a free appointment with Bishop & Hayes. Because we handle claims on contingency, you do not pay lawyers’ fees until we recover for you. 

Our attorneys are licensed in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas and have offices in Springfield and Joplin, MO, and Miami, OK. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.


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The Keys to our success

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  • Over $100,000,000 Total Recovered for Our Clients
  • 50 Years of Combined Experience in Car Crash Recovery
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  • Partners Who Handle Your Claim from Consultation to Recovery

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