Driving, in itself, is an incredibly dangerous task that commands a person's cognitive, visual and manual attention.
Perhaps because Americans have become desensitized to the ever-present dangerous on the roadways by logging daily hours behind the wheel or because they simply underestimate how truly risky sharing the roads with hundreds of moving machines can be, the number of distraction affected car accidents has risen dramatically in recent years.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than 415,000 were injured. Defined as any activity that diverts a motorist's attention away from driving, distracted driving can take many forms, all of which place others in great danger. These can include:
- Texting or using a cell phone
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming
- Reading, including maps
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
Although distracted driving is not a new phenomenon, statistics show that is has become a near epidemic. A large part of this increase in distracted driving accidents can be attributed to the use of new technology, particularly cell phones. As texting or using a cellphone requires the cognitive, visual and manual attention a driver should be devoted to the act of driving, they can create a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Just as many other states have enacted laws directly responding to the risks of using cell phones behind the wheel, Illinois has created several laws as well:
- Cell phone use prohibited for bus drivers
- Cell phone use prohibited for novice drivers
- Texting prohibited for all drivers
- Cell phone use prohibited in school or highway construction zone
Experienced legal support for your personal injury claim
Distracted driving, in any form, is an extremely negligent, careless and often unlawful act. As such, injured victims have every right to file personal injury claims against the driver responsible for causing their accident and injury. With the assistance of a Champaign car accident lawyer, you can improve your chances of resolving your claim swiftly and with the maximum compensation possible. Contact Patel Law, PC to discuss your car accident.