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Waukegan personal injury attorneyFew technologies have had the impact on Americans’ daily lives that smartphones have had. You may use a smartphone to stay connected with loved ones, check the weather forecast, take pictures and videos, listen to music, and more. Unfortunately, as smartphone technology becomes more and more advanced, people become more and more reliant on their phones. Some people cannot even put their phone down when they are behind the wheel of the car. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident involving distracted driving, you may have a valid personal injury claim.

Shocking Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3,000 people died in car accidents caused by distracted driving in 2018, and many more were injured. Texting and driving has long been an issue on U.S. roads, but now, there are even more smartphone-related distractions to be concerned about. Social media, emails, and mobile game apps are just as distracting as texting is. Some motorists even admit to watching Netflix or other video streaming services while operating a car.

Of course, phones are not the only distraction that can lead to accidents. Kids or pets can also be a major distraction for many motorists. A driver may take his or her eyes off of the road for only a few moments to deal with a problem in the backseat only to realize that he or she is headed straight for a collision. Distracted driving can even be caused simply by the presence of passengers in vehicle. Anything that takes a driver’s mind away from driving, eyes off of the road, or hands off of the wheel can result in serious or even deadly car accidents.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysThese days, we use cell phones for almost everything that once required the use of a personal computer. Modern technology allows us to watch the news, check our bank account balance, and even shop for groceries all with our smartphone. Unfortunately, the increasing functionality of cell phones also means more opportunities for distracted driving. Texting and driving has long been a major concern, but now motorists and pedestrians must also worry about drivers scrolling through Facebook, taking pictures of themselves, or even watching Netflix while driving.

Distracted Driving Concerns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people are killed in accidents involving distracted driving every day in the U.S. and over 1,000 are injured. When cell phones first gained widespread popularity among the general public, the main concern was texting and driving. Today, there are many additional dangers. In one study, nearly 20 percent of drivers admitted to checking social media accounts while driving. Even more surprising, 8 percent of drivers admitted to watching videos while driving.

Some experts estimate that distracted driving has become an even graver concern than driving under the influence of alcohol. Many people assume that distracted driving refers only to cell phone use, but electronic devices are not the only distractions that can cause deadly car accidents. Anything that takes your hands off of the wheel, your eyes off of the road, or your attention away from driving constitutes distracted driving.  

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Avoiding Car Accidents from Distracted Driving This Summer

Gurnee distracted driving accident lawyerHeading into the middle of July, the vast majority of Americans are out and about enjoying the heat of summer. Adults and teenagers alike are making plans with friends, cranking up the music, and setting out to enjoy the seemingly endless outdoor recreation possibilities. But as you and your family go out to enjoy summer plans, make sure you remain focused while behind the wheel. In 2016 alone, 3,540 Americans lost their lives in distracted driving accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is described as any activity that diverts one’s eyes, hands, or overall awareness from the road. Throughout 2015, over 300,000 people nationwide suffered injuries that required hospitalization due to distracted driving. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle accident this summer, contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can help you and your family get the help you deserve. 

Avoiding Distractions on the Road  

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Distracted driving is not a new controversy, but in recent years its impact on accident statistics has certainly intensified and gained more media attention than ever before. Due to the increasingly wide range of devices we use to manage and navigate our everyday lives, using those devices in the car has naturally become a way of life for many. Sadly, the use of any technological device while behind the wheel is one of the most dangerous behaviors a driver can adopt. While this is true for any driver, it is especially a concern when it comes to young, less experienced drivers. If you are a parent, guardian, teacher, or mentor of a teenager or college student, you can play an important role in steering the youth in your life away from distracted driving behaviors. Impress the following upon your teenager or young adult: Hands-free devices are still dangerous - While the use of a hands-free device certainly helps eliminate some distraction while behind the wheel, the distraction still exists. Even when your hands are on the wheel, your driving skills suffer when your attention is pulled away to a screen or dial. Even simple actions such as adjusting the radio volume or station can deter you from keeping your mind on the road. Passengers matter - Remind your young driver that their influence as a passenger is just as strong as when they are the driver of a vehicle. They have the power to add to - or reduce - the driver’s distraction. By remaining calm, quiet, and limiting their interaction with the driver, they can help them stay focused on the road. Additionally, they can be a voice of reason. When they see the driver using a cell phone or other device behind the wheel, they can speak up and call the driver’s attention to the dangerous behavior. Young people are more at risk for distracted driving accidents - Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, reports that young people are the most apt to talk and text behind the wheel of a car. The 15 to 19 year-old age group is most at risk. In fact, 10 percent of all drivers from 15 to 19 years old who are involved in fatal car crashes are reported as distracted at the time of the accidents.

Your young adult driver has the power of influence as both a driver and a passenger, and you possess the same influence as a parent or friend of a young person. If you have been injured in a car accident that stemmed from distracted driving, be sure to speak with a professional Lake County car accident attorney right away. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.

Source: http://www.distraction.gov/
Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,We are all aware of the factors that all too often lead to automobile accidents and injuries, such as distracted driving, driving under the influence, and careless speeding. Something as simple as applying your makeup or taking a bite of a burger on your way to work while behind the wheel can lead to serious consequences, but focusing on the efforts we should make instead of the actions we should avoid is often just as important in terms of taking proactive steps toward highway safety. Here are three driving habits to put into practice that benefit everyone on the road: 1. Get to Know Your Vehicle Inside and Out The Illinois State Police recommends that motorcyclists practice pre-ride checks and make maintenance checks a standard routine. The same goes for any motorist. The better you know how your car or bike operates, the better you can handle it out on the open road. Catching minor issues that need repair or attention before you leave the driveway can go a long way in preventing a crash. 2. Plan before You Go

Planning is one of the simplest and most effective habits you can utilize to help prevent distracted driving. The Illinois State Police reports that driver inattention is behind more than one million crashes every year.

If you are heading out on a road trip, have your directions and map ready to go before you get behind the wheel. Station and program your GPS with the help of a hands-free mount device and make all necessary phone calls before you drive. You can also pre-set radio stations to avoid fumbling with radio dials while driving. Any and all chores are best handled before you depart for your destination so your mind is free and clear from all distractions. 3. Stay Up-To-Date on Road and Weather Conditions Another easy habit to adopt to help prevent potentially dangerous situations out on the roadways is to stay aware and alert of any changes in road and weather conditions. Know what you are in store for and plan accordingly. You can do this by paying attention to the national weather advisory before and during travel, as well as utilizing your weather app of choice.

Automobile accidents and injuries are inevitable, but you can stay safe and help others stay out of harm’s way by remaining proactive. If you have been involved in a vehicle collision due to someone else's careless driving, a knowledgeable Lake County car accident attorney can help. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation today.

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