Is it tempting to check our phones or make calls while we are driving? Sure! But is it a good idea? Much has been said about the dangers of distracted driving, yet people still do it. Understanding more about using electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle may help people understand how hazardous it is.
What the Law Says About Distracted Driving
Motorists have a duty to exercise due care while driving. Looking at your cell phone or tablet while driving could be considered a breach of this duty.
In Illinois, drivers are prohibited from using handheld cellphones or other electronic communication devices while driving. However, people over age 19 may use hands-free or Bluetooth devices. Most drivers are also prohibited from using headsets. Using speakerphone and streaming live video on a cellphone are both violations of Illinois law.
Illinois law penalizes drivers who cause accidents while using a cell phone. If convicted, the fine is $75, but this penalty is increasing to $1,000 as of July 1, 2020.
The Results of Distracted Driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. If you are driving 55 miles per hour, you have just traveled the length of a football field without seeing what’s in front of your car.
This distraction could lead to an accident that causes injuries or death. In fact, a study by the CDC found that nine people die every day in the United States because of distracted drivers.
If you cause an accident while using your cell phone, you might face both civil and criminal penalties.
Did Distracted Driving Lead to Your Injuries?
You may be entitled to compensation for injuries suffered in an accident, whether it was caused by distracted driving or not.
For assistance, talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, for an honest assessment of your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.
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