DuPage County Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Attorneys for Distracted Driving Accident Victims in Lombard, St. Charles, and Bloomingdale
Driving while distracted is a growing problem on the roads today. Motorists are often juggling several activities while simultaneously trying to stay focused on the road. This can lead to disastrous consequences. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to texting or distracted driving, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney so you fully understand your rights.
Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices has over 200 years of combined experience representing victims of texting or distracted driving in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois. Our award-winning lawyers have a strong track record of obtaining full compensation for victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents. We are recognized by our peers not only for our skill and experience, but also for our aggressive advocacy on behalf of each client we serve.
Our attorneys are honest, compassionate, responsive, and approachable. Our clients appreciate our down to earth approach and tireless commitment to protecting their interests. We understand that when you are injured in an auto accident, it can take a major physical, emotional and financial toll on you and your family. For this reason, we work hard to make the legal process and smooth and painless as possible.
Texting and Driving in Illinois
Illinois law bans not only texting while driving, but also talking while holding a cell phone and driving. There are some exceptions, such as for official law enforcement duties and citizens reporting emergencies. In most cases, however, drivers are only allowed to talk on a cell phone when it is in “hands-free” mode. Texting is perhaps the worst form of distracted driving, because it prompts the driver to take his or her eyes off the road.
The National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the average time the eyes of a driver are off the road while texting is five seconds. This may not seem like very long, but when traveling at 55 mph, five seconds is enough time to cover the entire length of a football field blindfolded.
Other Common Forms of Distracted Driving
Texting is not the only form of distracted driving that endangers others on the road. Motorists commonly engage in other dangerous distractions, including:
- Adjusting their radio or music player;
- Eating or drinking;
- Reading maps or navigation systems;
- Putting on makeup or grooming;
- Focusing too long on outside signs or billboards;
- Speaking with other passengers; and
- Watching a video.