(KMOV.com) -- Texting and driving make for a dangerous combination.
A News 4 viewer contacted News 4 after he says he saw a truck driver doing just that on Interstate-44. He said the truck driver was distracted and appeared to be texting while on I-44 for several minutes.
We looked into the laws against texting and driving, and contacted the company about this particular case.
Commercial truck drivers are 23 times more likely to crash or nearly wreck their tractor trailer if they are texting while driving.
According to a Virginia Tech study, just reaching for a wireless device puts drivers and everyone around them at a much greater risk.
Including all vehicles on US roads, drivers distracted by their phones are involved in about 636,000 crashes a year, causing about 330,000 injuries and 2,600 deaths per year.
Researchers have found that driving distracted by a phone can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
One of the most serious traffic crashes in the area in recent years was blamed on a texting driver. Three years ago, the driver of a pickup truck sent or received 11 text messages immediately before he crashed into a tractor trailer near Gray Summit.
The pickup was rear ended by a school bus which was hit by a second school bus. The crash killed the pickup driver and a 15-year-old student. 38 people, many students, were injured.