Is Texting And Driving A Crime?

While most people agree that texting and driving can be a dangerous combination, there is not a complete ban against it in all states. Missouri is one of those states. Keep reading to learn more about some of the unique laws of texting and driving.

Texting & Driving - Illegal In Missouri?

Under Missouri law, texting and driving is not illegal as long as the driver:
  • is at least 22 years of age
  • is operating a personal vehicle (not a commercial one)
Many people are surprised to learn that it is not illegal for adults in Missouri to text and drive Missouri is one of only four states to not yet have a state-wide ban against texting and driving (Texas, Arizona, and Montana are the other states currently without a total ban against the practice).

Should I Allow Myself To Text & Drive?

Though it is not necessarily illegal (at this time) for adults to text and drive, it does not mean it is a safe. Texting and driving can, and sometimes does, lead to serious car accidents and physical injuries. The consequences of injuring another driver as a result of being distracted on the road by texting can be severe. If you injure other drivers or passengers, you could be subject to any (or several) of the following consequences.

Increased Insurance Expenses
If you are deemed at-fault for an auto accident, your insurance premiums will likely increase. Car insurance companies determine their patrons' premium costs based upon risk. If you are at fault for an accident, you will likely be viewed as more likely to cause future accidents and, therefore, pose a greater risk. 

Expensive Medical Bills
A serious car accident can result in steep medical bills, both for you and the other parties involved. If you are deemed at-fault, then you will likely be held responsible for covering the other parties' medical costs. While your insurance company may cover these expenses for the people you injure, it likely will not cover yours.  You may also see financial consequences down the line, such as an increase in your insurance premiums.

Felony Criminal Charges
Texting and driving that results in an accident with injuries or death to others can come with steep penalties, including  a criminal conviction, fines, restitution, imprisonment, jail and a permanent criminal record.

Facing Consequences? Contact O'Donnell Law Center

If you are being charged with a crime following a car accident at the Lake of the Ozarks, don't hesitate to reach out to our attorney in Osage Beach MO.  Visit our website or call us at 573-552-0317 to learn more about how we may be able to help you.

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