The rapid advancement of technology in the last ten years has likely changed all of our lives for the better. Friends you haven’t seen since your high school graduation in the 80’s are now just a text message or wall post away, and many of the inconveniences you once spent your valuable time dealing with now have some new gadget that promises to make things a little easier.
However, while we celebrate technology for its ability to ease our lives, our Illinois car accident attorneys also recognize that it can present its fair share of dangers. According to a recent article from WGEM News, Illinois police officers are becoming increasingly concerned with the large number of teens that are ignoring the state’s warnings to refrain from texting while behind the wheel. Earlier this month, Illinois police set up a texting while driving simulator and obstacle course to remind state residents of the dangers involved with texting and driving, and to promote the importance of safe driving habits.
Currently Illinois, as well as thirty-eight other states across the U.S. have passed laws prohibiting all drivers from texting while driving, and for good reason. According to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, driving while using a cell phone in any way reduces the amount of brain activity needed for driving by 37%; likewise, text messaging makes you 23 times more at risk for a car accident.
Cell phone usage is merely one microcosm in a larger umbrella of practices associated with distracted driving. Many involve technology, but the wealth of experience shared between our Chicago accident attorneys will tell you that driving distractions can come in many different shapes and sizes. Whether it be an infant crying, a quick bite to eat while on the way to and from work, or simply playing with the radio to find your favorite station, it is all too easy to become distracted while getting from point A to point B.
The accidents that result from distracted driving can be very serious, and frequently have heavy financial, physical, and legal consequences for all parties involved. Often, victims are seriously injured and may face mounting medical bills and the inability to earn income. If your serious injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to take action to hold any and all wrongdoers accountable for your injuries or loss. Car accident lawsuits not only help victims recover fair compensation, they also draw attention to the issue of distracted driving and remind people that reckless behaviors while driving can put others in danger and will not be tolerated.
With more and more people using hand held technology on the road, it is more important now than ever to remain attentive and focused while driving in Chicago and throughout Illinois.
Even attentive and responsible drivers cannot guarantee that they will avoid accidents entirely. With this in mind, our teams experience makes us a trusted and helpful resource for victims dealing with the many burdens that accompany being involved in a distracted driving accident. If you were seriously injured in an accident or have lost a loved one in an accident, we may be able to help you. Feel free to call or email us to discuss your legal options with one of our lawyers.
In 2012, we benefit from technology so much that we sometimes forget that there is a time and place to use it. WGEM’s article reminds us that safe driving habits are essential to lessening our chances of being involved in a distracted driving accident, and this is something that we should all strive to make an important part of our daily drive.