Distracted Driving Accidents
If You Have Been Injured by a Negligent Driver, We Can Help Set it Right
If you were asked to close your eyes for six seconds while driving, you probably would not. But that is the approximate amount of time that people spend looking at a text message or using a cell phone while driving.
According to the United States Census Bureau, from 2005 to 2009 the number of accidents involving distracted drivers reach about 4,898. It is important to remember that it is illegal to text and drive in Illinois. Young drivers are at greatest risk of being injured in a distracted driving accident and motor vehicle crashes are on the leading causes of death in teens.
What Are Common Distractions on the Road?
Drivers can be distracted in a number of different ways, all of which put the motorists, their passengers, and other vehicles on the road in serious risk.
The driver removes their eyes from the road, even for only a few minutes, by looking at the phone, writing or reading a text message, looking at passengers in the car with them, reading a GPS or map, or applying makeup, shaving, or other types of grooming.
The driver takes one hand or both hands from the steering wheel in order to eat or drink, text, answer the phone, adjust the radio, reach for something, search through the glove compartment or console, use any type of handheld device.
The driver's mind is not focused on the task of driving and what is happening on the road because their mind is distracted by driving while tired, driving while emotional, driving while under extreme duress, speaking with a passenger, speaking or listening to a phone call, or composing a text.
No matter the reason for a drivers' negligence, if you've been injured you deserve compensation. Contact Pavich Law Group, P.C. today to speak with one of our experienced Chicago car accident lawyers in a free consultation.