Advancing Driver Safety in Missouri

Thank you for your interest in the advancement of driver safety in Missouri.

My name is Doug Horn. I am a personal injury lawyer who concentrates in motor vehicle accident law and crash litigation. I represent persons that have been injured or killed in car, truck, and motorcycle collisions. During the course of my legal career, which includes the handling of over 2000 car, truck, and motorcycle accident, I have gained an elevated insight into the driving behaviors that cause vehicular collisions.

Beginning in 2009, I began to devote a significant amount of my professional time and resources to the advancement of driver safety, particularly in the areas of distracted driving prevention and teen driver protection.

In light of the new universe of roadway risk caused by a growing number of dangerous drivers, has been to influence drivers to adopt safe driving habits and behaviors that will protect themselves, their passengers, and others on the roadway. Below is more information on my most recent driver safety advocacy work.

Distracted Driving Prevention

The proliferation of the cell phone has caused an unprecedented driving safety crisis in Missouri and across the nation. Previously safe drivers have now become dangerous drivers as they take their eyes off the road and the hand off the wheel to use their cell phone to talk, text, navigate, email, and access a host of other smart phone functions. This, together with the fact that cell phone use is habit-forming and additive, has resulted in an epidemic of distracted driving.

Adding to the distracted driving crisis is the fact that it is legal to text and drive in Missouri if you are age 22 or older. It might surprise you to learn that Missouri is only one of 3 states (soon to be two) that does not ban texting and driving for all drivers.

Given the above, we need to make this the year that the Missouri lawmakers pass a texting while driving ban for all drivers. To learn more about my efforts in this regard, please visit AllDriverTextingBanForMo.com. This site has an online Petition that you can sign to urge Missouri lawmakers to pass a law outlawing texting and driving. Later this year I will take this Petition to Jefferson City and use it to persuade the State Senators and Representatives that we need to take this important step now to reverse the trend of a rising number of traffic fatalities in Missouri.

Although a new all-driver texting ban law will help in curbing distracted drivers, it will not totally solve the distracted driving epidemic. In conjunction with a new law, I am also advocating that Missouri implement Drive By Example, a comprehensive driver safety communications program that effectively addresses top driving safety priorities.

These,  and other distracted driving prevention methods, will make a big difference in reducing the types of collisions that cause serious injury and roadway deaths.

Teen Driver Protection

Parent Resources

Because young, inexperienced drivers are the most vulnerable drivers on the road, I provide resources for parents to help teach their teen drivers to take a safe approach to driving.

Make sure you download the 10 Important Tips For Parents of Teen Drivers. We also have a teen driver protection brochure available. This brochure includes the 10 Important Tips, s a summary of Missouri’s Graduated Licensing Law, accident reminders, and a sample Teen Driving Agreement.   I typically hand-out this brochure when I am speaking to parent groups. If you would like me to speak to your parent or booster group, or otherwise would like to pass out the purple Teen Driver Protection brochures, please contact me at dhorn@hornlaw.com.

Some parents may be especially interested in our Teen Driver Agreement. This is a helpful tool for parents to use to set forth their driving rules and expectations in exchange for driving privileges.

High School Driver Safety Programs

As many people know, some years ago I developed a model driver safety communications platform called Drive By Example. The program is a great fit for high schools who want to keep driver safety high on the student consciousness. This comprehensive program is  designed to influence safe driving habits and behaviors throughout the high school years. Drive By Example is easy to implement and especially well as a supplement to an existing school district well-ness program.

For more information about the Drive By Example High School Program, click here.

Corporate Protection

Because motor vehicle accidents represent the number one cause of on-the-job death, many employers are now using safe driving policies to help employees stay accident-free. While a written safe driving policy is a good start, the majority of business firms and corporations still have the need to integrate safe driving policies through a workplace driver safety programs.

Using the Drive By Example platform, I have developed a driver safety program for the work environment that encourages employees and agents to exercise the highest degree of care in operating a motor vehicle. Visit our Corporate Protection page to learn more.