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DuPage County car accident lawyer, distracted driving, cell phone use, car accident, car accident claimsDrivers in DuPage County and throughout Illinois are banned from using handheld electronic communication devices on the road (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2). However, a study conducted earlier this year suggests that a large percentage of Illinois car accidents continue to happen as a result of distracted driving and cellphones use. 

To be sure, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, about 25 percent of drivers involved in a crash were on their phones immediately before the collision occurred. In other words, drivers are breaking the law concerning handheld cellphone use, and they may be causing traffic accidents.

Understanding Illinois Cellphone Ban

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distracted driving, DuPage County auto accident lawyer, distracted pedestrian, pedestrian accidents, pedestrian injuryWhen we think about pedestrian accidents involving a person’s distraction, we often think about distracted driving and make assumptions about a motorist’s behavior behind the wheel. However, as a fact sheet from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) highlights, distracted walking is a problem, too. To be sure, distracted walking may be a factor in pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles.

What are the facts you need to know about distracted walking? And when might a jury hold a distracted pedestrian liable for a car accident?

Getting the Facts About Distracted Walking and Auto Accidents

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Lombard truck accident injury attorney, truck accidents, distracted driving, truck equipment failure, driver negligenceTruck accidents involving semis are often catastrophic. Other drivers who are involved in truck crashes are often seriously injured or even killed as a result. The sheer force and power behind these massive vehicles make them a potentially deadly weapon when they lose control on the highway.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders have specialized training and experience to avoid big rig accidents, yet they occur all too frequently. So, what are the most common causes of these types of accidents?

Truck Equipment Failure

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DuPage County car accident injury attorney, textalyzer, distracted driving, detecting texting drivers, texting while drivingStatistics of texting while driving are consistently being thrown out into the public: one in four accidents are due to texting, texting is six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving, and 330,000 injuries are caused due to texting while driving. Those are just a few of the statistics put out by the National Safety Council and other prominent organizations.

Cell phone usage and driving do not mix, and the combination has become a national epidemic—one that lawmakers and law enforcement officers work tirelessly to combat. After an accident occurred, how can anyone know for sure that texting was the sole cause?

Texting Drivers Are Liable

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Lombard personal injury attorneyThe reminders about cell phone use behind the wheel are everywhere – in the media, on social platforms, plastered across billboards and signs, and even in messages you hear while on hold with your cell phone provider. Yet the distracted driver problem continues to grow. In fact, a recent study from the National Safety Council (NSC) revealed some highly disturbing information: cell phones are a factor in one out of every four car crashes.

Just How Big Is the Problem?

According to the NSC’s data, more than 240,000 crashes involving the use of a cell phone occurred in 2014. In those accidents, more than 3,000 people were killed and more than 430,000 were injured. Since that time, the problem has continued to grow. In fact, it is estimated that, at any given moment, as many as 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones while driving.

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