There is no question that cellphone use is one of the leading causes of modern driver distraction. In an effort to curb distracted driving in Chicago and elsewhere in the state, texting while driving has been made illegal throughout Illinois. In Chicago, handheld devices are illegal while driving, but there are no laws regarding hands-free devices. However, even hands-free cellphone use is entirely prohibited in school zones, road construction areas, and by novice drivers. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a distracted driver, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. or call (312) 313-2888 today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney. Not a New Problem While cellphones are often seen as the leading factor in auto accidents caused by driver distraction, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that serious and fatal car accidents caused by distraction have not increased with the growing prevalence of mobile devices. IIHS data has found that cellphones are certainly the new leading cause of driver distraction, but point to other dangers such as changing a radio station, applying makeup, reading a map, and eating or drinking as current dangers as well. No matter what the cause of distraction, if a driver is not paying attention to the road and you are injured as a result, you need an aggressive Chicago auto accident attorney on your side to help you get the full compensation you are due. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys, please contact us today.