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.
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:
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.
Recent crash statistics show just how dangerous both handheld and hands-free cell phone use can be:
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.
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:
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.
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