Blog posts tagged in distracted driving
Just how dangerous is it to use your cell phone while you are driving in DuPage County? If you are using a hands-free device while you are driving—which is legal—are you still putting yourself and others at risk of a motor vehicle crash? And if you violate Illinois law and use a handheld smartphone to talk or text while you are behind the wheel, is your risk of causing a collision significantly greater than drivers using hands-free devices or drivers who are not using cell phones at all?
A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety addresses smartphone use and road safety, concluding that utilizing a cell phone while driving can significantly impair driving performance.
In other words, the report seeks to clarify once and for all that cell phone use behind the wheel does indeed greatly increase the risk of a serious auto accident. What else do you need to know about the conclusions of this study and its implications for traffic collision hazards in DuPage County?
A new form of technology known as the “textalyzer” has been developed to help law enforcement officials catch individuals who are illegally texting while driving. This is particularly significant news for residents of DuPage County who regularly commute into Chicago.
According to a recent report from ABC News 7, “Chicago may become the first city in the U.S. to arm its police officers with devices that will tell them immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident.” Indeed, members of the Chicago Police Department may soon begin using textalyzers to determine whether a driver violated Illinois’s texting-while-driving law, which prohibits the use of electronic devices for texting if you are behind the wheel.
What is the textalyzer and how does it work? Can such a device actually deter drivers from texting in order to prevent motor vehicle accidents? And is such a device lawful?
When most DuPage County residents think about car accident risks, they consider some of the more common reasons that motor vehicle collisions take place. For instance, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and impaired driving often make the top of the list for frequent causes of traffic collisions. But what about car accidents that do not result from a driver’s reckless or careless behavior, but rather from a medical emergency?
According to a recent report from CNBC, safety technology upgrades in automobiles may soon be able to detect when a person is having a heart attack and thus may be able to prevent a severe or fatal crash.
Cars Reacting to Drivers’ Medical Emergencies
Most drivers in Lombard, Illinois know that texting while driving using a handheld device is unlawful under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2), and using a smartphone behind the wheel can lead to a distracted driving collision. What are the risks of new high-tech gadgets in automobiles?
According to a recent article in Consumer Reports, high-tech features in new automobiles may be even more distracting to drivers than smartphones. Most specifically, vehicles with built-in navigation systems may lead to more auto accidents in DuPage County than most residents might think.
AAA Says High-Tech Automobiles May Cause Distracted Driving Crashes
Drivers 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