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Can I Receive Compensation If I Was Hit by Somebody Texting and Driving?

Posted on in Car Accidents

Winnebago County personal injury attorneysSmartphones have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other and get information about the world. Smartphones are so wonderful that some people have trouble putting them down, even while driving. The statistics about texting and diving are grim: over 1,000 people are injured every day in auto accidents caused by distracted drivers. If you were injured or someone you love was killed due to the inattention of another driver, you may have a valid personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Texting While Driving Is Reckless and Irresponsible

Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving because it integrates visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. Trying to text or otherwise use a cell phone while driving means that a driver takes his hands, eyes, and mind off the road. Someone who is texting and driving is essentially driving blind. If a driver is traveling at 55 mph and looks away from the road for only five seconds, he or she has already traveled the length of a football field.

 Because of the great danger it poses to other drivers and pedestrians, Illinois bans texting and driving by law. Illinois motorists may still talk on the phone while driving, but only using Bluetooth technology or a hands-free device. Recently, Illinois imposed even stricter penalties for distracted drivers which will start in July 2019. Those caught texting while driving will now face more serious penalties for violating the law including possibly having their driver’s license suspended.

Seeking Compensation for an Accident Caused by Negligence

Anyone who drives on a public road has a duty to do so with caution and attention. If a driver is not looking at the road or paying attention and gets into an accident, he or she will probably be considered liable for any injuries or damages caused. If another person or entity’s negligence causes someone else harm, the harmed party deserves to be compensated for this. Bringing a personal injury claim against a distracted driver may help an injured person get back on his or her feet financially. Damages in a distracted driving injury claim can include medical bills, lost wages, loss of future employability, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Winnebago County Auto Accident Injury Attorney

If you wish to pursue compensation after a car accident, you need an experienced legal advocate you can trust. To speak with a skilled Rockford, IL distracted driver liability attorney, contact Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS, today. To schedule your cost-free initial consultation, call us at 815-215-7561.

 

Sources:

https://www.dmv.com/il/illinois/distracted-driving-laws

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180822/why-illinois-is-making-penalties-for-texting-while-driving-tougher

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