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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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DuPage County motor vehicle accident attorneys, distracted driversThe term “distracted driving” has almost become synonymous with the action of texting while driving. This is, of course, inaccurate—there are several different types of actions and situations that may take a driver’s attention away from the road.

So why is it that texting receives so much attention? It may have something to do with the prevalence of these accidents, which can also give rise to the question as to why, exactly, drivers are more likely to experience an accident while texting than while distracted in other ways.

Researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute believe they just might have the answer.

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DuPage County personal injury attorney, pedestrians in dangerBig cities present many dangers—gridlock traffic, crime, and masses of people all can contribute to frayed tempers. However, one major concern today is distracted driving. Technology, coupled with inattention or drivers whose ability is compromised by way of alcohol or drugs, can prove deadly for innocent pedestrians.

According to the National Highway Transportation safety Administration, “In 2013, 4,735 people were killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes, (that equates to) more than 12 people every day of the year.” In 2013, 125 pedestrians were killed in Illinois.

Possible Scenarios

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DuPage County personal injury lawyer, Illinois Car AccidentsNew safety features continue to make cars safer than ever; however, people are still injured in car accidents every day. In Illinois, most accidents are caused by one of the three D’s: distracted driving, drowsy driving, or dunk driving.

Distracted Driving

The term distracted driving is often used to describe people who text and drive. While texting is deadly when combined with driving, there are several other distractions that cause thousands of injuries each year. These distractions include:

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