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Distracted Driving

Chicago Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable in Civil Court

Although cell phones are the deadliest driving distraction, there are a number of other dangerous distractions that can take your eyes and attention off the road and cause a serious collision.

At Walner Law®, our Chicago distracted driving accident lawyers know there is no excuse for distracted driving. Your personal injury lawsuit is not just about money, it is about holding the responsible party liable, easing your anxiety about finances, and allowing you to recover quickly and completely.

Because driving requires your full attention, a driving distraction is anything that prevents you from operating your vehicle safely or causes you to take your attention off the road. Driver distractions are a leading cause of automobile accidents and can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), cognitive (taking your mind off the road), or manual (taking your hands off the steering wheel).

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Types of Driver Distractions

Driving distractions are most often under the driver’s control. Few distractions are so urgent that a driver cannot opt to ignore the distraction or pull over and stop driving until the distraction has passed. By exercising self-discipline, you can keep your eyes and attention on the road and your hands on the steering wheel.

The most common distractions that lead to motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Cell phones: Whether you are talking, making a call, or checking your missed alerts, cell phones cause you to take your focus off the road. In January 2019, a new Illinois law went into effect that prohibits the use of any hand-held device. Electronic messages include texts and commands to access the Internet. While driving, if you must make a call or check a text message, pull over to the side of the road to use your cell phone.
  • Dropped items: Attempting to retrieve a dropped item while driving is one of the deadliest mistakes you can make. Objects can become stuck in your pedals or lodged in between your seats, making them impossible to reach while driving. Dropped items are visual, cognitive, and manual distractions. Never attempt to retrieve a dropped item; always pull safely over to pick up your object.
  • Reading: Attempting to read a map, directions, a magazine, or any type of material takes your focus and your eyes off the road. If you are lost and need to read directions, pull onto the shoulder or at a gas station to determine where you need to go.
  • Fussy or unruly children: If a young child is crying or fussing, you will naturally shift your attention to them in an effort to make them stop. Older children can be incredibly distracting if they are fighting, yelling at inopportune times, or acting unruly in general. Before you go on a trip, be sure to talk to your kids about acceptable behavior inside the vehicle.

Dangers of Texting & Driving

Walner Law knows what an epidemic texting while driving has become, and we also know that this bad habit is causing a significant number of serious personal injuries and fatalities. Texting while driving has been banned in several states, and hefty fines are being assessed to those who break this law. The number of car accidents in our nation each day is staggering. Now, with the advent of multiple technological devices such as smartphones, drivers are more distracted than ever before. These distractions lead to more accidents, which lead to more serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths.

In August 2009, Illinois became the 17th state to ban texting while driving. Governor Pat Quinn signed the amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code; the bill does make exceptions to those who pull over to text or shift their car into park while stopped in traffic. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to a texting driver or a driver who was otherwise distracted, or if you have received an injury that has negatively impacted your life, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact the Chicago car accident attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.

Your initial call to Walner Law® is always free, and we work on a contingency basis. You pay no fees unless we win your case.

If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, please call (312) 313-2888 or message our Chicago distracted driving accident lawyers today for a free initial consultation.

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