We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and we are hopeful for an expedient path to peace. Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine, their loved ones, and all of those affected.
the balance closed up

What Types of Driver Behavior Constitutes Negligence in Illinois?

In Illinois, driver negligence covers a wide range of errors and inattention which can lead to an accident. In order to win compensation for your car accident injuries, you don’t have to prove intent, just negligence. You do not need to prove criminal negligence, either, just ordinary negligence. The distinction is important because it means that drivers can be held financially responsible for the harm that they cause, even for an innocent mistake, without risking life or liberty.

Examples of Negligent Driving

Examples of negligent driving include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving within the speed limit, but too fast for the road, weather, or traffic conditions
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving fatigued
  • Failure to signal
  • Following too closely
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Failure to yield
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Unsafe passing

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is an all-too-common cause of traffic accidents. Texting while driving has been against the law in Illinois for several years, but a new law against cell phone use, unless it is hands-free, has actually made the texting law easier to enforce. Hopefully, we will see a significant reduction in texting accidents.

Pre-technology distractions remain as dangerous as ever, even if we tend to overlook them. These include:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Personal grooming
  • Attending to children
  • Reaching for items in backseat or on the floorboard
  • Rubbernecking
  • Daydreaming
  • Adjusting the stereo
  • Reading maps

To learn more about driver negligence and your car accident case, please give us a call at (312) 313-2888. 


Related Posts

Oct 24

Dog Bite Law In Chicago – What You Need To Know

Dog bites are a serious problem in the United States. Each year, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs; more than 800,000 of ...

Oct 23

The Financial Burden Of Paralysis And How An Attorney Can Help

The spinal cord is an integral part of the human body, transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body. When this system ...

Oct 22

What to do After a Car Accident in Chicago

Car accidents are a common occurrence on Chicago streets. While most car accidents are minor fender-benders, some accidents result in serious injury or fatalities. The ...