Chicago Texting-While-Driving Accident Attorneys

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Studies show that sending or reading a text message commands a driver’s attention for a dangerous amount of time. It also increases the risk of the driver causing a crash.

This is why texting while driving is illegal in Chicago and Illinois. Still, it remains a threat on our roads.

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our lawyers have seen too many people hurt and too many families devastated by texting accidents. Our goal is to help victims to recover by seeking compensation from the careless drivers who harmed them.

Why Does Texting While Driving Cause Accidents?

Texting while driving requires visual, manual and cognitive attention that the driver should instead direct toward the task of safely operating his or her vehicle.

In fact, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) reports that sending or receiving a text message diverts a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that is the same as driving the length of a football field – blindfolded.

It’s no wonder that, according to the VTTI, you are 23 times more likely to get into a crash when you are texting while driving than you would be if you were driving without a distraction.

Teens and Texting: A Dangerous Combination

Studies show that teens, in particular, are more likely to cause texting accidents. This is because teens generally communicate more through texting than older drivers.

A recent survey indicates that teens who text and drive may also be more prone to other types of dangerous driving.

In the survey, 45 percent of high school students ages 16 and older admitted they had texted or e-mailed while driving during the prior month. These teens were five times more likely to also drive after drinking alcohol, the survey revealed.

Can You Text While Driving in Illinois?

In recognition of the dangers of texting while driving, Illinois law now prohibits writing, sending or receiving text messages while operating a motor vehicle.

On January 1, 2014, the state also banned using hand-held electronic communication devices while driving, including cell phones or “smart phones.” (Chicago already had a ban in place.)

Still, drivers continue to engage in this risky behavior. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone or texting “at any given daylight moment across America.”

Contact Our Texting & Driving Accident Lawyers

You should contact a cell phone accident attorney immediately if you or a loved one was injured in an accident you believe was caused due to texting. Your lawyer will investigate whether the other driver’s texting contributed to the crash.

This can be determined by obtaining cell phone records from the other driver’s mobile service provider. The timestamps can reveal if the driver sent or read a text just before impact. In some cases, the actual content of the texts can reveal this information.

A texting-while-driving accident attorney can also obtain sworn oral statements (depositions) or written statements (affidavits) from witnesses who saw the other driver texting.

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we may seek to hold the driver liable for the harm you or your family member has suffered. If the driver was conducting company business at the time of the crash, his or her employer could also be held legally responsible.

We can file a legal claim against all responsible parties that seeks compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other losses.

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