In the early days, that’s something most people didn’t give much thought to. But cell phones quickly grew more sophisticated, and with the introduction of text messages and smartphones came a whole new era of distracted driving.
The truth is that using a cell phone was always dangerous, but it is especially irresponsible these days. Too many cars have crashed, too many pedestrians have been struck, and too many motorists have lost their lives for this trend to continue.
And yet it continues anyway. Chicagoans know better by now, but as anyone who’s ridden down the road in the last week or so knows, texting while driving is alive and well.
As Chicago auto accident attorneys, we want to take a moment to urge Windy City drivers to reconsider their actions. And at the same time, we want to let the victims of cell phone injury know that you have rights under Chicago personal injury law — including the right to financial compensation, which we will fight to maximize.
Cell phone use is a documented factor in thousands of accidents and hundreds of fatalities in the United States every single year. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society estimates that texting while driving has been responsible for nearly half a million injuries.
The National Safety Council (NSC) says those numbers don’t even begin to tell the whole story. Because cell phone use is difficult to prove, and because drivers rarely admit to having used a phone at the time of the crash, the actual cell phone usage rate is likely drastically underreported in official crash documentation.
Here’s what we know for sure:
Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash.
In the minimum of 5 seconds it takes to glance down at your phone, you can travel the length of at least one football field without your eyes on the road. (That’s assuming a speed of only 55 mph!)
Half of all teenage drivers admit that they text and drive on a regular basis.
Nearly 75% of American drivers who text and drive say that they don’t think the habit is concerning.
About 20% of drivers admit that in addition to texting, they also use social media or other applications on their phones while driving.
Texting while driving is the #1 cause of death for teenage drivers. Roughly 3,000 teens die from texting while driving each year.
If you’ve been injured in any auto accident in which the at-fault driver’s use of a cell phone or tablet contributed to your injury, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation under Illinois state law.
We invite you to talk with a Chicago cell phone accident lawyer in our office as soon as possible. There is no charge for calling our office or contacting us online, and there is absolutely no obligation. Our team is standing by, 24/7, to answer your questions and explain your rights under the law.
You may be entitled to reimbursement for all of the following:
If you are one of the fortunate people who engage in texting while driving but have not yet suffered in an auto accident, please make efforts now to break the habit before it claims your life or somebody else’s. This is a real danger, and you need to take it seriously. The habit may seem difficult to break at first, but you’ll find it gets much easier with time.
On the other hand, if you have already been the victim of someone else’s texting while driving, please contact a Chicago cell phone accident lawyer at Malman Law as soon as possible.
We offer every cell phone injury victim our Zero Fee Guarantee. That means you will not have to pay for our services unless and until we achieve a successful outcome in your case.
There is no case too big and no case too small.
Call 888-912-7308 or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free conversation with a Chicago cell phone accident lawyer from Malman Law today.
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As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.
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