Cellphone Use & Car Accidents
Cellphone use is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. In January of 2017, new cellphone regulations went in effect in Illinois. These new laws prohibit the use of cellphones and other hand-held devices while operating a vehicle. They do not prohibit the use of hands-free, Bluetooth, or wireless devices. However, all cellphone use, even hands-free, is now banned in school zones, construction zones, and while driving on the highway.
New cellphone regulations are intended to reduce the number of car accidents caused by this particular form of distraction. However, studies have shown that these types of laws are only effective for a short period of time. When you or a loved one suffer injury from a driver using a cellphone, you need a Chicago auto accident attorney on your side.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates our Chicago personal injury lawyers are committed to helping victims of distracted drivers. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you free of charge to discuss your case and help you better understand your rights.
If you have been injured by a driver who was using a cellphone, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates or call 312-800-0000 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident attorneys.
Is Hands-Free Really Safer?
Cellphone regulations, such as Illinois’s, operate under the assumption that the use of hands-free devices is generally safe. On the surface this is certainly true. To speak out loud does not require taking your eyes off of the road. However, studies have found that brain activity associated with driving diminishes even when a hands-free device is being used. This has prompted many cellphone carriers to recommend not using a phone at all while operating a vehicle.
No matter if your accident is caused by a driver who is texting or a driver who is using a hands-free device, you deserve compensation beyond the offerings of insurance companies. Please contact the experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys at our firm to discuss your accident and learn what your claim is really worth.