If you’re in an auto accident with someone who was using his or her cell phone at the time, you may need a cell phone accident attorney. In Illinois, different types of cell phone use are illegal while driving. For example, drivers under the age of 19 are not permitted to use handheld cell phones while driving, and no driver of any age is permitted to text message while driving. No driver in Illinois is permitted to use a handheld cell phone while driving in a school zone or highway construction zone, either. Whether or not the phone was being used legally, if it caused an accident, the driver may be liable for damages.
In virtually any car accident, whether or not someone is injured, the question of liability comes up. For example, if a person is found solely responsible for a car accident, his insurance will have to cover the cost of the damages. If a person is found solely responsible for an accident that left people injured, a lawsuit with injury attorneys may find the driver responsible for medical expenses.
The use of a handheld cell phone while driving, whether or not it is done legally, may impact whether or not the driver is liable for damages and/or medical expenses. For example, even if the driver is using his handheld cell phone legally, a case may find that he was too distracted by his phone use and caused the accident out of negligence. If he was using his phone illegally, like in a school zone, then his impairment is significantly more serious. This is why you need a cell phone accident attorney who can make the case that your accident was caused by another driver’s negligent phone use behind the wheel.
If you are considering legal action after an accident, you should call an injury attorney right away for a consultation. There is no substitute for an attorney’s opinions and advice, particularly when it comes to documenting the facts of your case. Contacting a cell phone accident attorney with expertise in this type of case is vital to successfully pursuing legal action.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident and the other driver was using a cell phone, contact Malman Law for a free consultation.
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