Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accident and injuries in Illinois and throughout the country. Even something as simple as eating fast food, reaching for items in your car, or checking your appearance in the rearview mirror is enough to divert your attention from the road in front of you, putting you, your passengers, and other motorists at risk.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that as many as nine people are killed as the result of distracted driving accidents each day in the U.S., while more than 1,000 others suffer serious and potentially debilitating injuries. Any activity you engage in behind the wheel that takes your focus off driving could increase your risk for car accidents and injuries. According to the CDC, the following are the three main types of driving distractions:
Texting, making calls, taking pictures, and checking social media while driving is particularly dangerous, as these involve all three types of driving distractions. As a result, using cell phones or other handheld devices while driving is illegal in Illinois and in other states throughout the country.
To avoid behaviors that could put you at risk for distracted driving accidents, the Illinois State Police offer the following tips:
If you or someone you care about is involved in a distracted driving accident, call or contact Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. online today to find out how we can help you get the compensation you need to recover.