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Assisting with Injury Claims After Accidents Involving Texting While Driving & Distracted Driving

Tough advocacy after a personal injury to you or a loved one in Rockford

Drivers have a responsibility to pay attention to the road and their surroundings when operating a motor vehicle, and they should avoid distractions like eating or using a cell phone or GPS device. However, with the widespread use of mobile devices, texting while driving, in particular, has become a major concern. After an injury caused by a distracted driver in the Rockford area, the skilled auto accident lawyers at Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. can help you prove that the person who caused your crash was engaged in distracted driving by drawing on our decades of experience with auto accident-related injury claims.

The dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving has become a primary focus of law enforcement in recent years. In 2012, an estimated 3,328 deaths occurred in the United States because drivers were not paying attention to the road. The following are some of the most common causes of distracted driving in Illinois:

  • Texting while driving. Although teenagers and young adults are the most likely to text while driving, people of all ages are increasingly guilty of engaging in this very dangerous practice. Sending a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for more than five seconds, drastically slowing reaction times and sometimes resulting in serious auto accidents.
  • Talking on a cell phone. Talking on a cell phone while operating a vehicle is also highly dangerous. Recent studies have shown that using hands-free devices is only marginally safer.
  • Using a GPS device. Many people rely on these devices for directions, but they can be a major distraction and cause drivers to take their attention off the road for too long. Motorists should use GPS systems sparingly and attempt to look up directions before they begin their trip.
  • Adjusting the radio. While it’s perfectly legal to listen to the radio while driving, motorists should be careful not to spend too much time adjusting the radio or changing CDs. Like texting while driving, it can create a significant distraction.
  • Eating and drinking. It’s never safe to eat or drink while operating a vehicle. It is safer for drivers to park and eat, or to eat before hitting the road.
  • Talking to passengers. Drivers, especially younger individuals, may take their attention off the road to speak with passengers. This is a dangerous practice, and passengers, particularly those in the backseat, should take care not to distract the driver at any time.

Can a car accident attorney help me?

Our skilled accident lawyers can help you seek compensation in a number of ways. First, we can pinpoint fault and demonstrate that the driver who caused the crash was engaged in distracted driving or another unsafe behavior, if applicable. We can also negotiate with the insurance companies, guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim and assist with litigation. A knowledgeable injury attorney can explain more about what you should do after a car accident.

Work with a Respected Streator Personal Injury Law Firm

After an auto accident caused by distracted driving, speak with an experienced attorney at Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. as soon as possible. Call us now at 815.398.9700 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. We have office locations in Rockford and Streator for your convenience.

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