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Distracted driving continues to be an issue in Chicago area

Most Chicago area residents understand the importance of avoiding driving while distracted. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, and it seems like every year there is something else that can distract a driver. Drivers are no longer just changing the radio station, but are also distracted by their GPS, texts, social media and many other electronic devices. Because of the dangers involved in distracted driving, a new law has now gone into effect in Illinois.

Texting and driving remains one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. There is a new texting and driving law that went into effect this past July in Illinois. The law makes a first-time offense of texting and driving a moving violation, which has changed from the previous law under which a first-time offense was a non-moving violation. A moving violation is recorded on the driver’s record and fines and court costs are determined by a judge. If drivers receive three moving violations in a year their licenses will be suspended.

No one expects they will be in an accident, especially one that could have been prevented. If a person has been in an accident with a suspected distracted driver, compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

An injured car accident victim could face unexpected expenses, as well as missed time at work. The uncertainty makes it hard for a family to return to normal. A person who is affected by a distracted driving accident may have the legal right to hold the negligent party responsible.