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Distracted Driving in Illinois: An Epidemic

It seems like almost everyone has a smart phone nowadays. These phones have become such integral parts of our lives that the idea of leaving your phone at home seems less like a minor inconvenience and more like the plot to a horror movie. However, the real horror can occur when drivers take out their phones to text, play games, check E-mail, or surf the web while driving.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. When traveling at 55mph, 5 seconds of texting is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

Recent statistics show that 10% of drivers under 20 years of age who were involved in fatal car accidents were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted during fatal accidents.

Accidents related to texting and driving have become more and more prevalent in recent years. Recently, on April 22, 2015, while responding to an emergency call, a police officer with his lights flashing and sirens blaring, was hit by the driver of a vehicle who was texting on his phone and veered into the officer’s lane. Fortunately, no significant injuries were sustained by either driver, but that is not the end result in far too many texting and driving accidents.

If you have been injured by a driver who you believe was distracted at the time of the accident, call the car accident attorneys at Rosenberg, Eisenberg & Associates, LLC, today to discuss your rights.

Read more about car accidents in Illinois, here.