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Belleville Woman Files Lawsuit Against Negligent Distracted Driver

The Madison St. Clair Record recently reported that an Illinois car accident lawsuit was filed by an injured Belleville woman against a distracted driver. The injured woman was stopped at a red light, when the defendant’s vehicle hit her from behind. The lawsuit claimed that he was distracted by his cell phone. The woman filed the lawsuit against the driver, who is an employee of an automobile related company. The suit asks for more than $150,000, claiming that there were several including her personal injuries, loss of income, and court fees.

Texting while driving, and distracted driving in general can cause more than minor injuries and court fees. This dangerous practice can lead to serious injury, and even death, and as our Chicago car accident attorneys have mentioned many times before, driving distracted is completely avoidable and preventable.

According to distraction.gov, there are three main types of distraction, including visual which is when a driver is not looking at the road, manual which is when the driver does not have their hands on the wheel, and cognitive, when a driver does is not focused on the road ahead. Some common causes of these distractions include but are not limited to: using a cell phone, talking to other people in the car, reading, pets, using technology, or playing with the music in the car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that almost 16% of all car accident deaths in 2008 were related to driver distractions. The state of Illinois currently has a ban on all cell phone use for bus drivers, ban on cell phone use for drivers under the age of 19, on texting for all drivers, and also a ban on the use of cellphones while in school zones. Individual municipalities have their own rules, including Chicago which has banned cell-phone use for all drivers.

The issue of distracted driving is gaining the attention of celebrities, such as Oprah and Justin Bieber, along with our Illinois car accident attorneys who continuously encourage drivers regardless of age to avoid all possible distractions. Several car companies are also creating new technology that helps drivers avoid distractions and continue to do so, as well as cell phone companies creating applications for smart phones enabling phone use while the car is in motion.

Our Chicago car crash lawyers consider distracted driving as serious as driving intoxicated, and like drunk driving it is completely avoidable and preventable. Driving distracted can cause serious injury and even death, not only to you, but also to others on the road. We have seen the devastation caused by negligent drivers and make it our goal to help victims hold wrongdoers accountable. If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death at the hands of a distracted driver, we may be able to help you receive fair compensation. Car crash lawsuits not only help victims seek justice, but also help to bring awareness to the issues involved with distracted driving.

Our Chicago car crash lawyers consider distracted driving as serious as driving intoxicated, and like drunk driving it is completely avoidable and preventable. Driving distracted can cause serious injury and even death, not only to you, but also to others on the road. We have seen the devastation caused by negligent drivers and make it our goal to help victims hold wrongdoers accountable. If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death at the hands of a distracted driver, we may be able to help you receive fair compensation. Car crash lawsuits not only help victims seek justice, but also help to bring awareness to the issues involved with distracted driving.