As many are aware, cell phone usage while driving remains a common cause of accidents and personal injury on Illinois roadways each year. This was especially the case during the recent Labor Day weekend, according to Chicago.cbslocal.com. A report states that over the busy weekend of traveling and celebration, at least three Chicago area accidents were blamed on drivers using their cell phones. These accidents are now serving as even more evidence of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office states that at 6:56pm last Sunday, a 21-year old of Maple Park told police he was trying to plug in his cell phone when he drove into a ditch near East County Liner and Barber Geren roads. He was later ticketed for failure to reduce speed and not having insurance. Furthermore, on 10:10am Monday, a driver in Aurora caused an accident while he was trying to grab his dropped cell phone at Long Meadow Drive and Route 34. His actions led him to smash into two parked cars nearby and overturn his own vehicle. Police say the driver received tickets for improper lane usage and driving on a suspended license.
Furthermore, the Aurora Beacon-News reports that on 10:33pm that same day, a woman who was texting while driving on Lincoln Avenue near Simms Street in Aurora dropped her phone, and slammed into a tree as she kept driving while trying to pick it up. The woman was later ticketed for having no insurance.
Though texting and driving is illegal in Illinois, drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving and put themselves and others at risk for serious injury. After learning about the above accidents, officers in Rockford stated that cell phone usage while driving increases your chances of getting into a car or truck accident by almost 25%. They also stated the dangers of texting while driving compare to those of drinking and driving, as each text takes your eyes off of the road for about five seconds. Many police officers throughout the state are opting for alternative methods to enforce cell phone laws and ultimately keep the roads safe from distracted drivers.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers want to urge the public to drive attentively, responsibly, and safely on Illinois roadways, without cell phone usage taking place. If a negligent car or truck driver has injured you or a loved one, please contact our law firm at Levin & Perconti. We are willing to assist you in determining if legal recourse is available to you, and are prepared to offer you the resources you need to seek legal action.