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Distracted Driving Month Stresses the Dangers of Driver Inattention

IL injury lawyerBy now, everyone has heard about the dangers of distracted driving. Many states, including Illinois, have instituted laws prohibiting the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. April has been identified as national Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Unfortunately, knowledge does not always equate to action. Many drivers still engage in activities other than driving behind the wheel. Distracted driving leads to thousands of car crashes a year. If you or a loved one have been injured in a collision caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

Study Suggests Distracted Driving Collisions Are Much More Frequent Than Previously Estimated

According to a recent study analyzing over 85,000 auto collisions, 57 percent of crashes involved cell phone use. About 17 percent of the crashes studied involved cell phone use less than five seconds before the impact. Of the 25 most populous cities in the U.S., Chicago ranks second in terms of phone use while driving. Distracted driving collisions involving other vehicles as well as crashes involving cyclists and pedestrians led to nearly half a million injuries and thousands of deaths in 2018 alone. Many experts believe that the problem is only getting worse.

Holding Distracted Drivers Responsible for Their Actions

If you were involved in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to hold the driver responsible through civil legal action. You may also be entitled to financial recovery. You could receive monetary compensation for your:

  • Emergency room bills, surgery, physical therapy, and other medical costs
  • Lost income from the time you had to take off of work
  • Damage to your income-earning ability caused by your injuries
  • Physical pain, emotional and mental suffering, and other intangible consequences of the crash

If your loved one passed away in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to recover compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income, funeral and medical costs, your grief and suffering, and more.

Contact a Lake County Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

Distracted driving leads to thousands of preventable collisions each year in the U.S. A personal injury claim may help you hold a distracted driver accountable and recover monetary damages for the losses caused by the accident. The Waukegan car accident attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. are committed to helping car accident victims get the compensation they need after an accident caused by inattentive, careless, or unlawful driving. Call us at 847-662-3303 and set up your free consultation today.

 

Source:

https://live.zendrive.com/collision-report

https://www.nhtsa.gov/distracted-driving/april-distracted-driving-awareness-month

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