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Causes and Consequences of Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel

Posted on in Car Accidents

Winnebago County personal injury lawyerSmartphones and other portable electronic devices have revolutionized the way we work, communicate with loved ones, navigate roads, and handle our daily affairs. Unfortunately, some people are so reliant on their cell phones that they cannot put their devices down even while driving. Distracted driving causes auto accidents every day in the U.S. Some distracted driving victims are able to walk away from the collision. Others are left with life-threatening injuries that leave permanent damage.

Smartphone Use While Driving is Ubiquitous

There are many reasons people use their cell phones while driving. Some people think they can multi-task and handle a phone call or text message while behind the wheel. Others are simply addicted to their devices and cannot bear to part with them even for a few minutes. Whatever the reason, cell phone use while driving is dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk.

When a driver is distracted by a cell phone, they are not paying attention to the road and their surroundings. This can lead to serious accidents, including head-on collisions, rear-end crashes, and sideswipes. In addition, distracted drivers are more likely to run red lights and stop signs, and they are less likely to yield to pedestrians.

Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving

The consequences of cell phone use behind the wheel can be devastating. In addition to causing property damage, auto accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in the United States, and it is a problem that is only getting worse.

If you or someone you care about was injured in a distracted driving crash, you may be able to take legal action against the irresponsible driver. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for:

  • Medical bills - Ambulance fees, hospital bills, physical therapy, in-home care, and other medical costs may be compensable through a car accident injury claim.
  • Lost wages - If you are unable to work while you recover from your injuries, you may be able to recover lost wages in a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Pain and suffering - The physical and emotional anguish caused by a car accident can be significant, and it may warrant compensation.
  • Property damage - If your vehicle was damaged in the accident, you may be able to recover the cost of repairs through a personal injury claim.

The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and they will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Experienced Rockford Car Crash Lawyer

If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you need an experienced Winnebago County personal injury attorney on your side. Call Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS at 815-215-7561 for a free consultation. 




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