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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.

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