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Distracted Driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in the United States. In fact, a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in 2014 nearly 3,179 people died and over 400,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents. Current Illinois legislation bans the use of all hand-held devices while driving; this law includes a ban on texting and driving. If you were injured by a distracted driver, a car accident lawyer could help you see compensation for your injuries.
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What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is more than just driving while using a hand-held device. Whenever a driver diverts their focus away from the road and onto another action, or when they remove their hands from the wheel, this means that the driver is engaging in distracted driving. It only takes a second of distractions for a serious or fatal accident to occur.
Distracted driving is an umbrella term for many behaviors including:
- Texting and reading texts
- Talking on the phone
- Taking pictures or streaming live video
- Applying makeup
- Changing your music
- Talking to other passengers
- Reading a newspaper, map or book
While those activities listed above can be able classified as distracted driving by an insurance adjuster or personal injury attorney, currently the only activities with restrictive legislation written for them are talking on the phone and texting while driving. Illinois law prohibits cell phone use while driving in a school zone, or in a highway construction zone. The law also prohibits novice drivers with their permits from using a cell phone at all.
Why Hire an Attorney After a Distracted Driving Accident?
When a car accident occurs, it can be difficult dealing with the claims process and finding evidence that the other driver was indeed distracted.
An attorney can help you investigate the scene of an accident, review police reports, eyewitness accounts, and other pieces of evidence that may point to the use of a cell phone or another distraction.
Injured by a Distracted Driver?
Part of becoming a licensed driver is agreeing to drive while taking a reasonable duty of care for others on the road. Distracted driving has been proven to cause accidents on the road. Driving while distracted is reckless; these drivers are a danger to themselves and others on the road. If you were injured by a distracted driver, get the help from an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer from McNabola & Associates, LLC.
For legal advice regarding your accident, contact our offices and schedule a free consultation.