New cars have everything. Stereos, on board computers, navigation systems, DVD players, blue tooth systems; you name it and 2013 cars can have it. Technology for business sectors such as the auto industry are growing quicker than ever, but this might not be as great as it sounds.
Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous and common causes of car accidents on the road. To be fair, the cars of our parents and grandparents never had the technology that our generation can now find at our fingertips, however it is important that as we increase the technology in our vehicles, we also increase our knowledge of how to use it safely. This article will aim to educate readers, and answer some of the most common questions people may have about distracted driving. (Distraction.gov)
1. What is Distracted Driving
-Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel of your vehicle, or your mind off the road. The most common distractions include IPods, cell phones, navigation systems, and excessive amounts of passengers.
2. How Big is the Problem?
-Distracted driving is the cause of roughly 10% of all motor fatalities, and
nearly half a million people suffer serious injuries each year in these accidents.
3. Who are the Most Common Offenders?
-The youngest and most inexperienced drivers are the ones most at risk. 16% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers who are not yet 20-years-old, a very large percentage for a demographic spanning only four years. However, they are not the only offenders, and just because a driver is older does not mean he or she is experienced enough to text and drive, or engage in dangerous activities while driving.
4. What are the Distracted Driving Laws in Illinois?
-There is a ban on all cell phone use, both handheld and hands free for bus drivers, as well as novice and new drivers.
-Illinois has a ban on texting while driving for all drivers, regardless of age or experience.
-Illinois also has placed a ban on the use of cell phones while in a school zone and also construction zones.
5. How Can I Keep Myself Safe?
-Simply put, don’t be distracted. Don’t allow yourself to break concentration while on the road, and don’t allow Mp3 players, cell phones, navigation systems, or passengers impede your ability to get to your destination safely. Distracted driving accidents are easily avoidable, but knowing what to avoid is half the battle.
Our Chicago accident lawyers see firsthand the devastating injuries and fatalities that occur in Illinois every day as a result of distracted drivers, and that is why we have a vested interest in trying to keep people safe. However, we can’t stop all accidents, and if you or a loved one is injured due to a negligent or distracted driver, know you have a team of experienced attorneys to make sure you are protected.