Experienced Injury Attorneys Helping Victims Injured by Drivers Using A Cell Phone in the Chicago Area
Were you injured by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone? Malman Law in Chicago, IL can help you claim just compensation.
While the risks of both handheld and hands-free cell phone use behind the wheel are widely known, millions of people continue to talk and text while driving. As a result, in Illinois and across the country, people are injured and killed in cell phone accidents every single day. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a cell phone accident in the Chicagoland area, the injury attorneys at Malman Law are here to help you fight for just compensation.
The Dangers of Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel
Five seconds is the average amount of time it takes someone to read a text. At highway speeds, this is enough time to drive the length of a football field—without looking at the road.
Studies have shown that it is nearly impossible to focus on a conversation and read a book at the same time. If you cannot read while talking or texting, you cannot drive while talking or texting, either.
These facts, as published by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council, demonstrate just how dangerous using a cell phone behind the wheel can be. In fact, while many states (including Illinois) have enacted laws focusing solely on handheld cell phone use, research has shown that hands-free cell phone use can be just as dangerous. This is because hands-free cell phone use still causes one of the three critical distractions of talking and texting:
- Visual distraction – Handheld cell phone use (including dialing, texting, taking photos, and using social media) takes drivers’ eyes off of the road.
- Manual distraction – Handheld cell phone use takes drivers’ hands off of the wheel.
- Cognitive distraction – Handheld and hands-free cell phone use both prevent drivers from focusing their attention on their surroundings and the road ahead.
Alone, each one of these three distractions is extremely dangerous. In combination, they are a recipe for serious motor vehicle collisions. It’s really pretty simple: When drivers are not prepared to react and are unaware of their surroundings, they are putting themselves and others in harm’s way.
The Scope of the Problem: Distracted Driving
Recent crash statistics show just how dangerous both handheld and hands-free cell phone use can be:
- Each year, thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands of people are injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
- One in four auto accidents involves a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone at the time of the collision.
- It is estimated that five percent of all crashes involve texting, while 21 percent involving handheld and hands-free calls.
- Ten percent of all fatal crashes involving drivers under the age of 20 were caused by distractions.
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, handheld cell phone use increases a driver’s risk of causing an accident by 300 percent.
The U.S. Department of Transportation also reports that, at any moment during the day, upwards of 660,000 drivers are actively using their cell phones behind the wheel. When these drivers cause injuries and fatalities, they deserve to be held accountable for their victims’ losses.
Illinois Cell Phone Driving Laws
Due to the dangers of talking and texting while driving, Illinois has enacted several laws that prohibit cell phone use behind the wheel. These include:
- A ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for drivers 18 and younger
- A ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers
- A ban on texting behind the wheel for all drivers
- A ban on handheld cell phone use behind the wheel for all drivers
- A ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) in school zones and highway construction zones
Unfortunately, we know that many, many drivers simply choose to ignore these laws.
If you suffered injuries in an accident involving cell phone use, or if you lost a loved one due to the negligence of a talking or texting driver, our attorneys can help you stand up for your legal rights. To learn more about how Malman Law can help you seek compensation for cell phone accident injuries, please contact us for a free consultation.
Contact Malman Law to Seek Compensation for Your Chicago, IL Cell Phone Accident
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