Texting while driving is already illegal in Illinois, but as of January 1, 2014, the use of any handheld device while driving will be punishable by fines up to $150. This new distracted driving law amends HB 1247 to ban using handheld devices for typing, web browsing, and even making phone calls.
How effective this law will be is yet to be seen, but Governor Pat Quinn, who signed the legislation into law on August 16th, hopes these new prohibitions significantly reduce motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers.
What Distracted Driving Laws Mean for You
When you are injured or a loved one is killed in an accidents caused by a distracted driver, you are entitled to seek compensation above the settlements offered by insurance companies. HB 1247 does not impede your right to seek justice, neither does it guarantee that victims of distracted drivers get the compensation they are due. To ensure you are provided adequate and true compensation for all of your damages, you need an aggressive Chicago distracted driving car accident attorney on your side.
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver in the Chicago area of Illinois, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers