The Lake County News-Sun.com reported an accident in Buffalo Grove that left a Hawthorn Woods man in serious condition. The accident, which occurred south of Kirchoff Road on Route 53, took place early Tuesday evening. An automobile driven by a 23 year old woman struck a tractor trailer in the center lane of highway and preceded to collide with a pickup truck that was parked near the road’s median. The driver of the pickup truck was outside of his vehicle changing a flat tire at the time of the accident, and was subsequently pinned between the road’s median and his truck. The pickup truck driver was hospitalized in serious condition. Further investigation concluded that the driver of the automobile was texting while driving when she lost control of her vehicle and collided with the both the semi and pickup trucks. The woman received various citations including: improper lane change, driving on the shoulder of the road, in addition to, texting while driving.
Our blogs frequently discuss the various Illinois driving laws and how they apply to our readers. A recent piece of Illinois legislation was passed banning texting while driving. The law, which came into full effect January 1st 2010, prohibits the use of a cell phone or any other electronic communication device while operating any vehicle. In addition to the texting ban, the law also requires law enforcement officials to keep a record of all motor vehicle accidents where cell phone use was involved. This requirement was created to compile statistics of cell phone related accidents by 2012.
It is easy to see why stricter laws were enacted by legislators to address frequent reports of Illinois accidents caused by distracted driving. Our lawyers strongly support any and all laws to ban driver distractions such as cell phone use. However, the state allows individual localities to make the final decision on whether or not to ban cell phone use for all drivers. According to the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles, Chicago is the only major city in Illinois where it is illegal to use a cellular device while operating a vehicle. For the rest of the state of Illinois, driving while using a cell phone is illegal for drivers under the age of 19, drivers of school buses, as well as, when driving through a school or construction zone.
While accidents like this involving semi trucks frequently occur as a result of the semi driver’s negligence, truck drivers are not always at fault – such as this case. Our Chicago accident attorneys strongly encourage drivers of all vehicles to adhere to Illinois driving safety laws. Failure to follow these laws could result in a strict fine – or even worse, a fatal accident.
Having represented hundreds of victims of negligence, our attorneys know first-hand the devastating effects that accidents have on victims and entire families. Many times, seriously injured victims are faced with large medical bills, lost income, long recoveries, and even life-long disability. Due to this, victims of life-altering accidents should seek legal relief to receive compensation if their accident was caused by the negligence of others. Contact a Chicago injury attorney to find out what legal rights may be available to you.