A car accident caused by distracted driving can turn your life upside down and create terrible problems in your life. That’s why you need compassionate legal assistance to get you back on track. If you’re the victim of a personal injury due to a driver who was distracted behind the wheel, the Chicago lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., can help you.
Our legal team knows distracted driving cases. We offer sound legal help that’s personalized to your situation. You can count on getting answers to all of your questions from our highly experienced attorneys.
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Types of Distracted Driving on Chicago Roads
Distracted driving is a major threat on Chicago’s roadways. Anything that takes your attention away from operating your car falls into this category. Cell phone use and texting are the most common and alarming types of distracted driving. But all distractions put drivers, passengers and bystanders in danger. Driving is complex. It requires complete focus. When distractions get in the way, the results can be devastating.
Other types of dangerous distractions include:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking with passengers
- Brushing/combing hair and/or putting on makeup
- Reading books, maps, etc.
- Using navigation systems
- Watching videos
- Tuning radios, CD players or MP3 players
Chicago and Illinois: Cracking Down on Distracted Driving
Studies have shown that distracted driving plays a role in many car accidents. A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Commission reveals some shocking statistics:
- Inattention to the road affects driving performance
- Drivers are distracted about half the time they are operating vehicles
- Approximately 15% to 25% of all crashes are associated with distractions
- Texting is more distracting than cell phone use and more drastically increases the risk of car wrecks
In response to this threat, Illinois and many Chicago-area communities have passed laws to crack down on distracted driving.
Illinois law currently bans:
- Text messaging, e-mailing or using the Internet while driving
- Using cell phones in school zones and highway work zones
- Driving while using a wireless phone – hand-held or hands-free – if you are age 18 or younger
- Chicago bars all drivers from using hand-held cell phones behind the wheel. The nearby communities of Evanston, Deerfield and Highland Park also have hand-held cell phone bans.
Despite these laws, distracted driving continues. If you are harmed by a driver talking on a cell phone or texting while operating a vehicle, you deserve compensation. The distracted driving accident attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., can discuss your legal rights and options.
Chicago Teens, Cell Phones and Driving: A Dangerous Combination
Education on the risks of any kind of distraction is especially important for new drivers. Teenagers are more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident when distraction is a factor. In fact, surveys show that 40 percent of all American teens report that they’ve been in a car when the driver recklessly used a cell phone.
Chicago teens need to know that drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into serious car wrecks. A headset is no safer than a hand-held cell phone. In fact, any type of cell phone use — hand-held or hands-free — delays a driver’s reaction just as much as having a blood alcohol reading at the legal limit of 0.08.
Texting is even more dangerous. Sending or receiving a text message while driving an auto absorbs 4.6 seconds of the driver’s attention. That is the equivalent of driving 55 miles per hour across the length of an entire football field with eyes closed for the entire time.
Contact Our Chicago Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Today
Our experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have experience with distracted driving cases. We know how to help victims recover verdicts and settlements that help to make them whole.
If you’ve been in a car accident caused by a careless driver who was texting while driving, talking on a cell phone behind the wheel or engaged with other distractions while operating a vehicle, turn to an Illinois law firm with a record of success and a team of skilled attorneys who know how to get results.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., offers a free, no-obligation evaluation of personal injury accidents in Chicago and throughout Illinois. You will not pay for our legal services unless we obtain compensation for you and your family.
To learn more, call our Chicago distracted driving accident lawyers today toll-free at 877-788-2045 or use our online contact form.