As of lately, many of us have heard and read about the dangers of “distracted driving” along with the heavy penalties that go along with it. At the start of the new year of 2014, Illinois enacted a new law increasing the punishments for texting or talking on the phone while driving, with motive to prevent future personal injuries or fatalities from motor vehicle accidents that result from distracted driving.
According to the Illinois Government News Network, the Illinois law will increase penalties imposed on drivers whose use of an electronic device while driving causes an accident. Furthermore, if the accident causes severe personal injuries, the driver can be sentenced up to a year in prison, and a fatal accident can result in prison for one to three years. The previous law only charged drivers with traffic violations. Now, to avoid such penalties, drivers must use hands-free devices, such as headsets or a function in the car dashboard that permits making a call with a single button.
According to ABC 27, an out-of-state distracted truck driver’s negligence claimed the lives of two individuals in a tragic accident that could have been prevented. The four-vehicle crash claimed the lives of a husband and wife, leading state police to file vehicular homicide charges against a trucker who was texting while driving. The truck driver rear-ended the victim’s SUV, pushing it into another truck, which then collided with a third truck. The truck driver was also charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.
Our Chicago accident attorneys are saddened when innocent victims are killed due to negligent drivers who are not taking proper precautions on the road. We stress to our readers that no phone call or text message is more important than safety and the lives of others on the road. In fact, we advocate for and stand behind the law that drivers, when getting behind the wheel of a car, owe a duty of care to others on the road to be safe and cautious drivers by not creating unnecessary or preventable dangers.
If you, or someone you love, have been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver you may be able to hold that driver liable for your injuries and financial losses whereupon proving in court that the injuries were preventable and solely caused by the driver’s negligence. Call our firm today, and an attorney can speak with you in a free consultation to determine if you have a legal cause of action, and we may be able to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.