A young, first-time driver was killed in a texting while driving accident in Harrisonville on Thursday.

Savannah Nash was running an errand for her family when she failed to yield to oncoming traffic and was struck and killed by a semi on Highway 7 in Harrisonville. Missouri Highway Patrol believes that texting was a contributing factor in the crash.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Savannah. A sad story of a young girl whose life was cut too short by distracted driving.

Texting and driving has become an epidemic in this country. With more tragic stories like Savannah’s emerging, when we will do more to protect ourselves and others against the dangers of distracted driving?

Distracted driving comes in many forms, not just the form of texting while driving. Any behavior that diverts a driver’s attention from the road is considered a distraction. Eating, reading, or fumbling around for something in the back seat can take our attention and our eyes off the road and is very dangerous. Did you know that even the seemingly innocent act of daydreaming while driving can be deadly? A study shows that daydreaming while driving is more dangerous than texting.

So what will it take for lawmakers to pass legislation to ban cell phone use while driving? A national cell phone ban was proposed by the National Transportation Safety Board but currently, no national ban has been put into effect.

Transportation experts and cell phone companies are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of texting while driving. The “It Can Wait” campaign has opened the lines of communication between many teenagers and their parents. However, it’s not just teens that are at risk if they text and drive. A study by the Pew Institute shows that adults are just as likely as teens to text and drive.

At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we want you to get where you’re going safely. Take the pledge to not text and drive and keep your attention on the road ahead. If you are involved in a car accident where the other driver was texting, give us a call for a free consultation. We can help you get the money you need to pay your medical bills. Call us at 816-471-5111. You can request a FREE copy of our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim,” for more information on the next steps to take after you file your claim.

James Roswold
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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.
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