DISTRACTED DRIVER ACCIDENT LAWYER IN ILLINOIS/
Talk to our distracted driver accident lawyer in Illinois if you have been injured during a crash and suspect a distracted driver is to blame, you may be eligible for compensation as a result of your injuries. Medical costs, pain and suffering, lost time/wages from work and mental and physical rehabilitation can add up to significant expenses for victims in distracted driving crashes.
Every day, more than 1,000 people are injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver, adding up to more than 1 million crashes a year in North America.
Distracted or inattentive drivers are an increasing problem on the road due to the prevalence of cell phones and other mobile devices used by drivers while operating a vehicle. But phones are not the only culprit.
WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?/
Put simply, anything that draws the driver’s attention away from the road is a contributor to distracted driving. Cell phones are the most obvious and one of the most dangerous contributors to driver inattention. The Illinois State Police report that using a cell phone in any way while driving increases your chance of a car crash by up to 400%.
Many drivers report that they see others texting or otherwise using a cell phone while behind the wheel every single day. The statistics can be difficult to track, as many drivers distracted by their phones don’t admit to having done that when they are involved in an accident. But with so many drivers visibly emailing and texting while driving, this is surely a cause that’s on the increase.
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But cell phones aren’t the only cause of distracted driving. Distracted driving can happen while the driver is fiddling with the car stereo/radio, trying to get something out of the glove compartment or back seat, having a conversation with passengers/ children, daydreaming, putting on makeup, grooming, rubbernecking/looking at other cars or accidents, and even by eating and drinking while driving—each action contributes to driver inattention. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road, even for only seconds, is distracted driving. With the advent of larger, more interactive computers in cars that connect with your phone, the temptation is even greater to use such a system while driving. The possibility of a serious accident means that, no matter the temptation, allowing yourself to drive distracted is a bad idea.
If you were seriously injured in a crash with a distracted driver, talk to a skilled distracted driver accident lawyer in Illinois today to learn if you have a case. Our Peoria-based team at the Law Office of Jeff Green will ensure we get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
ILLINOIS CELL PHONE LAWS/
The state of Illinois has implemented a complete ban on using phones (“electronic communication devices”) in any fashion while driving. The law also bans the use of headsets, or using a phone on speaker. While the law does not ban the use of a separate GPS system, or devices such as a Bluetooth headset that goes in one ear, drivers should be aware that these devices are also a contributor to distracted driving.
If you cause an accident due to distracted driving while using a cell phone, the penalties can be quite steep. In addition to fines, which increase with multiple offenses, you may be charged with a misdemeanor, or even with a felony if the distracted driving crash results in the death of another person.
Find a place to pull over if you need to make a call or send a text. Messages can wait until it is safe for you to answer. If possible, turn your phone completely off while you are driving to avoid temptation. Driving is not the time to try to multitask. The road and others on it deserve your full attention and both hands on the wheel at all times.
WHY CALL OUR ILLINOIS DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?/
If you have been the victim of a car accident in Illinois that was the fault of a distracted driver, the other driver’s negligence should be brought to light. We believe perpetrators of these accidents should be held responsible. The law firm of Jeff Green has a deep bench of experience in going after distracted drivers in car accident cases to make sure justice is served to their victims. We are well-versed in all facets of Illinois laws regarding car accidents and distracted drivers, and will work tirelessly on your behalf to obtain compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages from work, and damage to your vehicle and property as a result of the crash.
TALK TO AN ILLINOIS DISTRACTED DRIVER ACCIDENT LAWYER WITH A WINNING RECORD/
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation appointment. We will discuss your case and suggest an aggressive forward path to achieving justice for the harm done to you and/or your loved ones. The statute of limitation for car accident claims in Illinois is two years from the time the injury was suffered. However, it’s always best to start the process of an injury claim as soon as possible, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.