In Illinois, texting while driving is banned and as of 2014, hand-held cell phone use while driving was also banned. Drivers must use a hands free device to talk on their cell phones while driving. However, even using a hands free device is a distraction that can result in an accident.
Distracted driving results in hundreds of thousands of automobile accidents that result in injuries every year. In 2012, there were over 3,000 deaths from distracted driving, but the actual numbers of deaths might be much higher. Seventy-seven percent of Americans, in a recent survey, admitted to using a hand-held cell phone while driving and 69 percent admitted to texting behind the wheel. The problem is that most people over estimate their ability to drive while distracted.
Distracted driving does not just involve texting. It also applies to those who are eating while driving, changing the radio dial or temperature settings in the car, talking to other people in the car, entering information on a GPS device, and it even applies to people talking on their cell phone with a hands free device. Individuals who cause injuries in an automobile due to distracted driving are liable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact the attorneys at Friedman & Bonebrake, P.C. if you have been injured due to the negligence of a distracted driver to learn about your rights.
Source: NBCnews.com, “Distracted driving: Safety advocates call for culture shift as more US drivers admit to deadly habit,” (Nov 27, 2013).