The Growing Epidemic of Distracted Driving in Illinois
In 2009, Illinois made a commitment to combat common distracted driving behaviors through its strategic highway safety plan. In a research study put forth by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the study also articulated that states like Illinois face great obstacles even after committing to prevention of distracted driving. Specifically, Illinois’ faces a lack of funding for enforcement in the area of distracted driving. This means that the state may not have the personnel or programs available to “police” texting and driving on the road. As a result, drivers may feel that they can engage in texting and driving without receiving a ticket or facing other penalties.
While the development of new fonts is intriguing for its ability to mitigate the harmful effects of distracted driving, it can also serve to help refocus efforts to combat distracted driving. Many states have only recently implemented laws aimed at curbing distracted driving behaviors, and it may be time for society to engage in a broader discussion of how to enforce these laws.
Current Distracted Driving Laws in Illinois
On January 1, 2014, Illinois passed a law prohibiting the complete use of hand-held cellphones while driving. The ban applies to young people, school bus drivers and all other drivers on the road. Even though crashes resulting from distracted driving have remained relatively the same in the past three years, it seems that this law may finally help promote a significant dip in distracted driving crash rates.
When one texts while driving on the road, he or she is engaging in a negligent act that can cause serious injuries to other drivers on the road. Illinois residents who are involved in accidents due to the distracted driving of others may have a valid negligence claim and may be able to receive compensation.
Illinois laws currently allow a victim to verify the phone records of the original driver. If law enforcement or the victim suspects that distracted driving was the cause of the accident, phone records can serve as evidence to support this notion. If one has been injured and proceeds to file a negligence claim, this evidence may be admissible in a court of law.
Learn More About Distracted Driving with Help from Illinois Auto Accident Lawyers
If you want to learn more about the growing epidemic of distracted driving in Illinois, auto accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are here to help you understand your legal rights. As law enforcement continues to strive to learn how to effectively enforce the Illinois’ hand-held cellphone and driving ban, there are numerous people still being injured in auto accidents resulting from distracted driving. Changing the fonts of navigation screens will likely only have a minor impact on distracted driving crash rates throughout the U.S. Drivers will continue to engage in distracted driving, and it is important that injured victims assert their legal rights in a court of law.