Chicago Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Hit by Someone Who Was Texting & Driving?
Distracted driving is getting worse than ever as more and more motorists get too comfortable with using a smartphone behind the wheel. Distracted driving accidents account for a significant percentage of all car accident causes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2019 there were over 3,100 lives lost due to distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also reports that each day about 8 people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2018 they estimate that over 2,800 people were killed and 400,000 injured in distracted driving crashes. If you were hit by a distracted driver in Chicago, then know two things: your situation is not unusual and there are people who want to help you.
McHargue & Jones, LLC and our Chicago distracted driving accident attorneys are standing by to hear from people in situations just like yours. We have been around since 2000, and our reputation for fighting for the wrongfully injured in our area has grown every year after. When the opposing insurance company is making your life difficult, find the help you need is easy – just pick up the phone and dial (312) 739-0000.
Initial consultations with our distracted driving accident lawyers in Chicago are free. Contact us now to learn more.
Worst Kinds of Driver Distractions
Negligent drivers will find all sorts of ways to distract themselves instead of paying close attention to the road around them. Although smartphones have certainly contributed to the rise of distracted driving accidents, it would be inaccurate to blame them entirely for such crashes. No matter what the other driving was doing at the time of your crash, you can rest easier knowing that our team can investigate the crash and uncover liability.
The most common forms of driver distractions, in no particular order, are:
- Texting while the car is stopped or moving
- Talking on the phone or to passengers
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting a GPS, radio, or music app
- Reading roadside billboards
- Applying makeup or using mirrors to self-groom
Why Texting & Driving is So Deadly
We have mentioned texting and driving more frequently than other forms of driver distractions, and there is a reason for it. Out of all the forms of driver distraction, texting behind the wheel is widely considered the most dangerous because it integrates three forms of distractions into one activity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorizes driver distractions as:
- Visual: Something that takes your eyes off the road and mirrors.
- Manual: Something that takes your hands off the steering wheel.
- Mental: Something that takes your mind off the task of safe driving.
When someone texts and drives, they are visually, manually, and mentally distracted. Looking at the phone is a visual distraction, picking it up to check a message or unlock it is a manual distraction, and thinking about the text is a mental distraction. Combining all three of these distraction types is a recipe for a crash that otherwise could have been prevented.
Furthermore, mental distractions are said to linger for about 30 seconds after they end. Imagine that a driver picks up their smartphone to read a text while driving. After placing the phone back down, they will still be thinking about that text and not the road for at least half a minute more.
At-the-Ready to Hear Your Case – Call Now
McHargue & Jones, LLC is ready to take your call after you have been in a serious car accident caused by a distracted driver. Using our decades of experience and eclectic legal backgrounds, we can help build any case and pursue fair compensation for your damages, no matter the reason why the other driver was distracted. If the insurance company wants to try to pin the blame on you, then they should expect a real fight from our team.
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