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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:

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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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