Distracted driving in Chicagoland is an undeniable problem. We’ve all seen drivers on cellphones, texting, eating lunch, applying makeup, or otherwise multitasking rather than focusing on the road. This is despite the fact that the dangers of distracted driving are well known – and some of these activities are against the law while behind the wheel.
Drivers who are distracted . . . have slower response times . . . take their eyes off the road for extended periods of time . . . and, are at increased risk for collisions. Many devastating accidents have been caused by drivers who were focused on another task or simply daydreaming while driving.
As an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney, every day I am personally involved in fighting for those who are injured as a result of the negligence of others. Injuries resulting from distracted driving can be severe, life-changing, and fatal. The number of deaths from distracted driving have increased annually and injuries to innocent passengers are heartbreaking. I’d like to mention a few beliefs that I think merit attention and action.
There are dozens of things that can distract us in our vehicles at any one time. Therefore, I believe the number of major accidents, injuries, and fatalities due to distraction are underreported and incorrectly attributed to another factor.
Hands-free devices are not much safer than hand-held technologies – both take our mind off driving. When operating your car, the best thing you can do is just wait to check your phone until your car is safely parked. That’s not silly; it’s smart!
Texting is Like Driving Blind.
Texting, probably more than anything else, takes the driver’s eyes and attention off the road. If you’re driving at 70 miles per hour, in the 5-seconds your eyes are off the road, your car has traveled the length of a football field. The risk is frightening.
Whether it’s a crying baby, your friends, an animated conversation, or a backseat driver, passengers can take your attention away from the road completely. Young drivers are particularly vulnerable as they talk with friends, change the radio or iPod music, or wave to a friend in another car or on the street. They tend to be over-confident yet inexperienced. Everyone is at risk. You need to establish basic ground rules and let passenger know that they need to be considerate of you while you are driving.
Don’t drive if you’re not emotionally fit to do so. Sometimes, we are not in the right state of mind to drive. If you are fatigued, stressed, or angry, you may be too focused on whatever else is going on in your life to drive safely. Wait until you are calm before getting behind the wheel to drive.
One of the most dangerous causes of distraction is daydreaming. It is especially dangerous because most of us do not realize that our minds are no longer tuned into driving. Defensive driving means thinking two or three moves ahead as you drive.
We Help Victims.
If you have been in a collision with a distracted driver, the attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner can help. We are knowledgeable and expert in representing people injured in auto accidents. We apply a disciplined approach to gain a comprehensive perspective on the facts, issues, and injuries experienced by victims. We make the legal process as stress-free as possible. We focus on recovering the compensation you deserve, while you focus on healing and recovery.
The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner Law make the legal process as stress-free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.