Chicago Distracted Driving Car Accident Lawyer
Distracted driving includes all types of behaviors that take a driver's attention from the road. Distracted driving refers to types of car accidents caused by a distracted driver such as eating, drinking, talking on the phone, conversing with passengers, and fidgeting with various gadgets or radio while behind the wheel can all be culprits in distracted driving accidents.
The experienced Chicago car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent people who have been seriously injured by a distracted driver in Chicago, Illinois.
Our accident attorneys have experience successfully resolving motor vehicle injury cases from across Illinois and we look forward to assisting you or your family member.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation with our personal injury attorneys. We handle every distracted driving accidents case on a contingency fee basis so there is never a legal fee charged unless we are successful on your behalf.
Distracted Driving: Why 'Distracted Driving' is Compared to 'Drunk Driving' in Terms of Dangers
Any time a driver looks away from the road, takes their hands from the wheel, or just loses focus while operating a vehicle, there can be deadly consequences.
It only takes a moment for the person in front of them to unexpectedly hit their brakes or for an object to fly onto the road. In many aspects, a distracted driver is considered to be as dangerous as drunk drivers on Illinois roadways.
If the driver is distracted when a motor vehicle collision occurs, they may not be able to safely react in time. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, the majority of crashes are due to inattention by the driver in that crucial 3 seconds before a crash, accounting for 80% of crashes.
Texting while driving and using a cell phone increases the risk of an accident by twenty-three times. Reaching for a moving object while behind the wheel increases the risk by nine times. Putting on makeup increases the risk by three times. Looking at an external object increases the risk of a collision by 3.7 times.
Every year, tens of thousands of people are killed and another 350,000 are injured in car accidents and truck accidents due to a distracted driver in the United States.
These people may have been in the car with the driver, walking, riding their bike, or sharing the road in another vehicle. The real tragedy is that distracted driving is completely preventable and these losses should never have happened.
Illinois Laws to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents
Illinois has some of the most aggressive laws on the books when it comes to preventing distracted driving.
llinois law prohibits the following types of behavior to curb driver distraction:
- Drivers cannot use any hand held electronic devices while driving to send text messages or use the internet;
- Drivers cannot use any hand-held electronic devices or cell phones, even hands-free, when driving in a road construction zone or marked school zone;
- School bus drivers cannot use any mobile devices at anytime (even hands-free);
- Drivers under 18 can not use a cell phone at any time;
- No video or photos can be taken within 500 feet of an emergency crash scene.
Our distracted driving accident lawyers are committed to uncovering negligent driver behavior that causes a mishap. Contact our team today to schedule a free consultation.
Texting & Driving: A Culture That Just Doesn't Stop
Texting while driving is one of the biggest distractions on the roadway. Although using the cell phone for any reason can distract a driver, texting is the most dangerous because it requires the driver to look away from the road.
An average text message takes 4.6 seconds to read which is equivalent to motorists shutting their eyes while driving the distance of a football field at 55 MPH.
In addition to being dangerous, in Illinois, texting while operating a vehicle is against the law and is a primary offense, meaning drivers can be pulled over by police for that violation alone and issued a ticket.
Proving Liability in Distracted Driving Accidents
In a Chicago distracted driving case, proving that the other driver was distracted and their negligence caused the collision is not always easy to do. Although police are now better trained in Chicago auto accident investigations to look for distractions like cell phone use, sometimes it will take eyewitness accounts and other evidence to prove it.
Consequently, each car accident attorney in our law firm will regularly obtain the following evidence to established liability and damages in Chicago distracted driving accident lawsuits:
- Cell phone records (and phone number)showing phone calls and text messages made and received
- Police reports
- Photographs of vehicles involved and the scene of the crash
- Medical records and medical expenses for past and future treatment
- Reports from treating physicians regarding the permanency of injuries and medical treatment
- Information on the negligent driver's insurance company
Our Chicago car accident lawyers use Illinois laws to ensure the most successful case results and personal injury claims involving distracted driving.
We currently handle cases of Chicago distracted driving in construction zones, school zones, and congested areas.
You can rest assured that after your crash, a distracted driving accident attorney will handle every aspect of your case with the goal of maximizing the value of your case via settlement with an insurance company or taking the case to trial.
Distracted Driving Car Accident FAQs
How Many Deaths Are Caused by Texting and Driving?
According to the National Safety Council, approximately thirteen percent of all fatal crashes in the United States in 2018 were the result of distracted driving.
Statistics by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal the nine individuals die per 1,000 injuries in crashes on American roadways and highways.
What Is the Most Common Cause of Distracted Driving?
More motorists are cited for texting or talking on a cell phone while driving than any other form of distracted driving. The National Safety Council estimates that one out of every four car crashes were caused by one or more motorists talking on cell phones.
Why Is Distracted Driving Bad?
Any distraction while operating a motor vehicle can divert the driver’s attention that could result in a catastrophic accident with severe injuries and death. A driver could hit an object, lose control of their car, run off the road, or crash and others sharing the roadway.
A distracted driver not only places their lives at risk but everyone else in the vehicle and around them.
Is Texting More Dangerous Than Drunk Driving?
Statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that distracted driving by texting and talking on a smartphone is six times more deadly than being hit by a drunk driver.
Other studies have revealed that almost one out of four motorists texting or talking on a smartphone app slower reaction times compared to intoxicated motorists.
What Are the Top Distractions While Driving?
Drivers can be easily distracted by many factors that include:
- Other occupants inside the vehicle
- People, objects, or events occurring outside the vehicle
- Drinking or eating
- Using electronic devices inside the vehicle, including hands-free and Bluetooth devices
- Adjusting the radio or navigation systems
- Changing the interior climate
- Smoking inside the vehicle
- Moving objects
What Happens If You Text While Driving?
If you are involved in an accident while you were texting and driving, you could be held legally liable for any property damage, minor harm, severe injuries, and wrongful death. Any victim can file a civil lawsuit seeking financial compensation from you or your insurance company.
It is illegal to text while operating a motor vehicle on side streets, alleys, city roads, freeways, highways, and tollways. Local law enforcement may deem your distracted driving is a criminal offense, charging you with a crime punishable by jail time or fines.
Hire an Experienced Attorney a Chicago Distracted Driving Accident
If a distracted driver caused an accident that left you or a loved one injured or even worse, caused a fatality of a loved one, you need an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney on your side to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries from the responsible parties.
The Chicago distracted driving accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have successfully resolved difficult auto crash lawsuits and our team of experts will help you prove your case. We will use our knowledge and research skills to obtain the financial outcome you deserve for your losses.
Contact us for a free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys and we will explain how the legal process works. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you are not charged a fee until we win your case.
Contact our Cook County personal injury lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) to schedule a free consultation. Please do not send sensitive information to our Chicago, IL law offices through voicemail, email, or text message.
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