Despite repeated advocacy by Chicago truck accident lawyers, among many others, distracted driving remains a prevalent problem on out city’s roadways. Bob Sirott of My Fox Chicago recently wrote about the distracted driving problem, the growing number of area victims, and those calling for changes to prevent future losses.
The Illinois Distracted Driving Summit was recently held in the area to raise awareness of the problem. Cell phone use while behind the wheel remains the most prevalent form of distracted driving-and many advocates believe that more legislation is needed to curb the dangerous problem. As it now stands virtually a quarter of all car and truck accidents involve one driver on a cell phone. Drivers who use the phone while behind the wheel have a four times greater chance of getting into an accident than others-texting while driving increases those odds even higher.
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has called distracted driving an epidemic that was in extreme need of a remedy. Two bills currently working their way through the Illinois General Assembly would create a two-year study to examine the issue. However many advocates believe the time for study is long past. Real action is needed.
One interesting technology currently available by T-Mobile automatically sends calls to voicemail when the phone is in a moving vehicle. However, the technology currently cannot distinguish between a driver and a passenger. Besides these more high-tech solutions, there remains a simple solution: turning off your cell phone when driving.
Our Chicago truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to work with victims and their families following accidents caused by distracted drivers. Several crashes have been caused by truck drivers who were distracted by phone calls while on the highway. Knowing the immense damage that is caused when trucks are involved in accidents, it is simple unconscionable that a truck driver would take the risk.
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