Distracted driving is a growing problem on all city roadways. As more mobile tools become available to those behind the wheel, more drivers take their eyes of the road and risk deadly accidents.
CNET News reported on one such deadly car accident that has spurred a Chicago wrongful death lawsuit. The victim in this case was 70-year old man who was hit by a distracted driver just as he was stepping out of his car. The man had his leg partially severed as a result of the accident. He ultimately bled to death waiting for emergency crews to arrive.
The young female driver was updating her Facebook page on her phone at the exact moment that she hit the man. The ability to use mobile phones to perform all sorts of actions is just the latest in a long string of technological advances that may distract drivers. Of course, talking and texting on cell phones remain some of the most common causes of Chicago car accidents.
Officers in the Chicago area receive around 100 calls per month from people who report seeing drivers who are using text messages while on their phones on the interstate. Nationally, over 200,000 car accidents a year are caused by the practice.
Several states have already banned texting while driving. Surprisingly many reports indicate that accidents following the ban may have increased in those states because individuals now attempt to hide their phone while texting-causing even more distraction.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti will continue to raise awareness of these issues in an effort to save lives. The injury, death, and destruction of entire families that often result from distracted driving is far too high a risk to take for whatever action causes the distraction. No message being sent at a certain moment is worth risking the most precious thing that we have-our lives.
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