If you know any Chicago car accident attorneys, you are well aware how much of a hot topic this issue is right now. Chicagoland is a confusing patchwork of towns who allow handheld cell phones, towns who don’t, but no matter where you are you can probably find someone talking or texting while driving. Four years ago the state of Illinois passed a ban on texting while driving, and this new law if signed by Governor Quinn would require all motorists to keep both hands free while using a cell phone or risk a $75 fine. The law, which was approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday, would eliminate any confusion on this issue and certainly make it easier for police to immediately recognize and pull over an offender.
If the new law passes, motorists will only be allowed to use handheld cell phones in emergency situations. And although the first offense is $75, any additional violation will increase in price and will be part of your state driving record. Eleven states in the US have already passed a statewide ban but there is an argument as to if handheld devices are truly that much more distracting then a hands-free device. A 2010 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found little to no difference between the two but both sides certainly have a fair argument.
If you ever find yourself a victim of a cell phone accident, even if it occurs today, be sure to call a cell phone accident lawyer right away. Time is of the essence when it comes to these types of accidents because the guilty party will usually try to dismiss the fact they were using their cell phone and you need to prove they were via a witness or video footage. All of the premier Chicago car accident attorneys will offer you a free consultation and help guide you step by step as to what you need to do to get the compensation you deserve. This law may not be in effect yet, but it never hurts to have the number of a cell phone accident lawyer handy in case you need it. Be responsible and take action today.