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How technology can help Missouri drivers

Using a cell phone or other technology while driving can be dangerous. According to a survey from the National Safety Council, 55 percent of respondents said that they would leave safeguards in place to prevent distracted driving. Only 23 percent said that they would deactivate those safeguards. Many developers are working on technology that could help prevent distracted driving.

One product called Groove connects to the vehicle under the steering wheel and sends a message to the driver's mobile provider through the cloud. This allows the mobile carrier to know that a person is operating a vehicle. While a person is driving, his or her cell phone is rendered incapable of receiving text messages or phone calls. At the same time, an individual is not able to send text messages or update their social media accounts while a car is in motion. However, it would still allow a driver to use a phone for navigation purposes or to listen to music.

A product called Drive ID goes a step further by determining who is driving and who is just a passenger in the vehicle. This allows those who aren't driving to use their devices as usual whether a car is in motion or not. It's also designed so that it's difficult to be deleted or altered.

If a distracted driver causes an accident, an injured victim could take legal action. This may allow an injured person to collect compensation that covers medical bills or lost wages. An attorney may review evidence in a case to determine if a driver was distracted when a collision occurred. Cases may be resolved in court or through a negotiated settlement.

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