Cbslocal.com recently released that driver sideswiped a pick-up truck last Friday when tending to her newborn baby in the backseat. Our Illinois personal injury attorneys read that the 32-year old woman was traveling north on Interstate 294 when her baby began crying. She turned around to check on the baby when she suddenly lost control of the wheel and began drifting into the lane on her right. In the process, her SUV struck a pick-up truck at approximately 70 miles per hour. Both vehicles skidded into the far right lane on the interstate and stopped on the side of the road. Thankfully, the woman and her baby did not suffer from any injuries. The pick-up truck driver, a 45-year old man from McKenry, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for precaution. Illinois State Police are currently investigating the accident.
In previous blogs, our lawyers have addressed the serious consequences that distracted driving can have on motorists, their passengers, and others on the roadway. According to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Safe Kids USA, new moms may be among the most distracted drivers on the road. They often drive while fatigued, fail to pay attention to the speed limit, use their cell phones while driving, and tend to their children while driving, all of which cause them to take their attention off of the road.
NHTSA states that to avoid dangerous driving behavior, it is essential to always keep your eyes on the road and never use your cell phone while driving. Recent surveys show that 78% of new moms talk on the phone while driving with their baby on board and that 26% check their email or text. Keep in mind that no message, text or call is worth jeopardizing you and your baby’s lives, or the lives of any other motorist or pedestrian nearby. Additionally, avoid turning around and tending to your baby while you are on the road. The tendency to immediately turn to help a crying child may take only a few seconds, but the consequences can be severe. Instead, pull off the road, where and when it is safe to do so, and tend to the baby then. Finally, do not get behind the wheel if you are fatigued. Use good judgment when you feel as though you will not be able to drive due to exhaustion and lack of sufficient sleep. In essence, try to eliminate distractions that take concentration away from the road and aim to always drive safely, especially with a baby in the vehicle.
It is important to note that the above safety tips do not only apply to new moms or drivers with children in the backseats of their vehicles. Driving while fatigued and distracted driving are problems that affect every driver on Illinois roadways, including drivers of passenger vehicles, bicycles, semi-trucks, or large commercial vehicles. Every driver has a responsibly to follow the rules of the road to keep themselves and others safe and prevent accidents from occurring. It is important to always exercise caution and drive attentively when behind the wheel.
In the case that you or a loved one has been in an accident due to a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for any personal injury sustained in the accident, as well as medical bills and property damage. Please contact our law firm for more information.