“Distracted driving” occurs when you allow anything to take your attention away from safely operating your car. This behavior poses a major threat on roads in Chicago and across Illinois.
Texting and talking on a cell phone while driving are common distractions. New Illinois laws address these risks. However, these are not the only distractions that cause accidents.
This is why you need to work with an experienced lawyer after you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident. The attorney should know how to thoroughly investigate your crash and determine whether distracted driving played a role.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., offers that extensive background. We can get to work on your case right away. Simply contact us today to get started with a free consultation.
Driving is complex. It requires complete focus. When distractions get in the way, the consequences can be devastating. Accidents, injuries and deaths can (and often do) result.
For instance, a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) study found that reaching for a cell phone, dialing and texting while driving raises the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
If you look down at your phone to send or read a text message for an average of 4.6 seconds while traveling at 55 mph – a common speed on Chicago roads – you could go the length of an entire football field without your eyes on the road, another VTTI study found.
A major concern involves teens who text or talk on a phone while driving. In a recent survey of U.S. teens, 40 percent admitted to being in a car when the driver recklessly used a cell phone.
Other types of dangerous distractions include:
In response to the threat of distracted driving, as of January 1, 2014, Illinois law now bans:
Despite the law, distracted driving continues. If you or a loved one was harmed by a distracted driver, that driver should fully compensate you for all of your losses. (If the driver was working at the time, then his or her employer could be liable as well.)
An investigation into your crash can reveal evidence of distracted driving. This evidence could include:
An accident reconstruction expert’s analysis of the crash scene itself can also determine whether a driver was distracted. For instance, a lack of brake marks (along with evidence that a driver was texting at the time of the crash) can establish that the driver was distracted.
The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have the experience and resources it takes to pursue maximum compensation for those harmed by distracted drivers in Chicago and Illinois.
Contact us without delay. We will provide a free, no-obligation review of your case.
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