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According to studies conducted by the National Safety Council, in both 2016 and 2017, automobile accident deaths in the United States reached 40,000 for the first time in almost a decade. So what is causing the increase in accidents and fatal injuries? 

Law enforcement officials throughout the country believe the increase in collisions is largely due to one major issue: cell phone use while driving

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,It is hard to ignore overwhelming motor vehicle accident statistics. The Illinois State Police report that driver inattention is a primary factor in more than 1 million car crashes every year. That is a hefty statistic, and one we should not take lightly. The sad reality is a number of these accidents can be prevented.

Due to the various types of technology so easily accessible to us today, however, it can be difficult to prevent these incidents. We live in a fast, digital age where much of our lives revolve around mobile devices and advanced car audio, voice recognition, and Bluetooth systems.

Our devices are only one part of the problem. We are distracted by all sorts of actions out on the road. It is not a perfect world; we cannot put a stop to distracted driving entirely. We can, however, make individual efforts to be proactive and prevent those accident statistics from rising.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Today, more than ever before, we hear of the devastating motor vehicle accident statistics caused by distracted drivers. The number of injuries and fatalities caused by distracted drivers is not only alarming; it is on the rise, increasing year after year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention categorizes it as a health concern and actually estimates that there are eight people killed every day in the United States due to distracted drivers behind the wheel. Even more astounding, the Illinois State Police report that cell phone use while driving increases the chances of a crash by four hundred percent.

Phones Are Not the Only Culprit

With statistics like this, it is easy to sum up distracted driving as simply talking or texting on the phone, but being distracted behind the wheel can mean many things. The phones we use today are more advanced than ever before, bringing a degree of technology to our fingertips that was not available to us even a few short years ago. This advanced, easily accessible technology has countless advantages, but it has also made driving more dangerous than ever before. From apps and games to selfies and instant messaging, our phones are deadly weapons when used behind the wheel.

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Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois truck accident lawyer, wrongful death,Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents facing motor vehicle users. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, in 2012 there were nearly 4,000 people killed and an additional 104,000 people injured in accidents that involved large trucks. This was an increase of 18 percent from the previous year.

The vast majority — 73 percent — of those injured in such incidents were occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash, while only 24 percent of injuries sustained were by occupants of the trucks themselves. The disparity is probably because cars are much more likely to be totaled in an accident than the truck, because of the size difference. An additional 3,000 people injured were not occupants of either the truck or another vehicle, but pedestrians or cyclists on the road who collided with a large truck.

There are several things that truck drivers can do to minimize the risk of causing a fatal accident. These include (but are not limited to):

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Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois car accident attorney, distracted driving laws,Everywhere you look, people are digitally connected. The increase in mobile devices over the past few years, especially the surge in smartphone use, have led to a change in driving laws nationwide to help prevent car accidents due to inattentive driving. The state of Illinois bans:

  • Cell phone use for bus drivers and novice drivers;
  • Texting for all drivers;
  • Cell phone use when driving in a school zone or construction zone; and
  • Talking while holding a cell phone.

The last ban went into effect on the first of last year and a violation of the law can result in a fine. Talking on a handheld device while driving is considered a moving offense and three violations in one year could mean a driver license suspension. Exemptions that allow drivers to use their handheld devices occur when:

  • Reporting an emergency;
  • Parked on the shoulder of a roadway; or
  • Stopped due to normal traffic obstruction and the vehicle is in the neutral or park position.

Drivers who use a cell phone while driving increase their chance of a car accident by 400 percent, according to the Illinois State Police. The department also reports that every year more than one million car crashes in North America involve inattentive driving.

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