This past Thursday, BND.com reported a devastating head-on collision near O’Fallon that may have been caused by a distracted driver. Our Chicago car accident attorneys read in the article that a mother was reportedly driving a sedan and possibly texting on her cellphone when she collided with a GMC truck. The woman’s 4-year-old son was in the back seat, and was killed in the crash. The initial investigation by local police revealed that either right before the collision or when the collision occurred, the driver was texting.
The child was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The mother was airlifted to a hospital where she remained in critical condition for the serious injuries she incurred. The passengers of the truck are okay, and only one was hospitalized for injuries. The crash is still under investigation, but witnesses, “saw the driver on the cell phone while driving and saw the car cross the center line and strike the truck head-on.”
After reading this article, our Illinois auto accident lawyers felt compelled to once again discuss the serious dangers of distracted driving. According to NegligentDriving.com, not only is distracted driving the number one cause of death for teenagers in America, but it is also more dangerous and considered more impaired than driving at the blood-alcohol content legal limit. Brainpower, or cognitive awareness, is also said to decrease by close to 40% when a driver is focused on a conversation or music.
Avoiding distracted driving is simple and could be life saving. It is completely avoidable and preventable, and the number one way to stop distracted driving is for drivers to stop partaking in it. Distractions include visual distractions that take driver’s eyes off of the road, manual distractions that require drivers to take their hands off of the wheel, and cognitive distractions, which require drivers to not focus on the road ahead of them. Texting specifically requires all three types of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive, which is part of the reason of why it could be so deadly.
In addition to states banning texting, parents, schools, and communities should work to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. Using tragic true stories, such as the one reported, educators can demonstrate the reality and severe risks involved with texting while driving. A Chicago auto accident lawyer of ours would agree that texting while driving, or distracted driving in general, is life threatening.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident where a negligent driver was texting while driving, or driving distracted, you may be able to receive fair compensation. A car accident lawsuit not only helps victims recover compensation for the harms caused, but also brings issues like distracted driving to light and shows the devastating consequences of distracted driving.