Cellphone bans for drivers vary dramatically from state to state, with some states fully banning the use of hand-held cellphones for all drivers while others have no such bans for any drivers. Despite this widespread discrepancy, however, many lawmakers and federal regulators are in agreement that the use of hand-held cellphones when driving is a source of distracted driving that can pose a significant danger of getting into a car accident.
In Missouri, cellphone laws for drivers as of 2013 are as follows:
- There is currently no ban on the use of hand-held cellphones for drivers –regardless of the age of the driver (i.e., young drivers who are newly licensed can also legally use hand-held cellphones when driving).
- There is currently no ban on the use of hand-held cellphones for bus drivers, including school bus drivers.
- While there is no ban that prohibits drivers who are 22 years old and older from texting while driving, drivers who are 21 years old or younger are not legally allowed to text while driving.
- The texting ban on younger drivers is enforceable as a primary law within the state of Missouri, which means that traffic cops can pull over and cite drivers who they believe are violating this law without having to have another reason (probable cause) to pull these drivers over.
St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a car accident and you suspect that another driver’s reckless behavior may have caused the accident, contact the St. Louis car accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including car accident lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. For a free initial consult, email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at 573-333-3333 for our Missouri office or at 618-888-8888 for our Illinois office.