In this day and age everyone is in a rush. Whether it’s going to class, getting to work, or meeting with a friend or colleague, a lot of us know the feeling of always being on the move. With hectic schedules, many people think that their cars are a place to catch up and get things done; places where they can text, put on make up, or eat and drink before moving on to their next appointment or obligation. However, drivers who operate their vehicles while distracted put themselves and everyone around them in danger, and this trend is one of the fastest growing causes of traffic injuries and car accident fatalities in the United States.
To be specific, distracted driving is any activity that could divert one’s attention away from their primary task of driving. A few of the most common types of distraction include things like:
• Use of a cell phone or smartphone
• Eating or drinking
• Grooming (e.g., putting on makeup, shaving, etc.)
• Reading books or maps • Use of a GPS or navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting radios, CD players, or Mp3 players • Talking to passengers
All of these distractions are dangerous, but text messaging, due to the fact that it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, has proven to be an especially serious problem in recent years. Every time you receive or send a text, it takes your eyes off of the road for 4.6 seconds on average, which is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field blind while on the freeway. Despite the fact that we know the statistics related to cell phone use and distraction in fatal car accidents is significantly underreported, the current data claims that this factor accounts for more than 10% of all deaths in drivers under 20 years of age. (Distraction.gov)
The facts about distracted driving are already alarming, but unfortunately, with the rapidity of technological advancements, this problem is likely to get even more serious with time. Our lawyers want to remind you that the best way to curb the trend of distraction behind the wheel is be educating those around you how hazardous it can be. That means informing your friends and family members about the facts, and most importantly, modeling the proper behavior to children and family members when you are behind the wheel.
If you have been injured because of a distracted driver, or you are a survivor of a loved one who was killed by another person’s negligent or reckless actions, call us. Our team of experienced Illinois car accident lawyers will fight for you, and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.