Chicagoland Distracted Driving Accidents Attorney
It’s a familiar sight to all of us while out on the road—turning to look at the driver of an erratically-moving car and seeing that they have a phone to their ear or are focused on a phone in their hand or lap. While it can be difficult to resist checking your phone while behind the wheel for important messages, or even out of boredom while stuck in traffic, doing so can result in dangerous and potentially fatal car accidents.
If you’ve been hurt in a crash with a distracted driver, you may be overwhelmed at the prospect of going up against insurance carriers and proving your right to the money you need to get better. Let us help. At the Law Offices of John Fairman, our personal injury attorneys have helped hundreds of accident victims get the damages they deserve after an accident. Let us provide a free consultation to help you decide how to move forward on your claim.
Distracted driving is illegal and dangerous
Illinois has made it illegal to use a handheld phone to talk, text, or email while behind the wheel. In fact, if police catch a driver using a phone while driving four or more times, the state can suspend that driver’s license. These laws aren’t just an easy way to give out tickets, but rather they are intended to curb the serious threat posed by distracted drivers.
Despite the advances in vehicle safety technology, more and more drivers have been dying on US roads in recent years—a trend some experts believe is caused by distracted driving. According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, even when using hands-free devices, drivers remain mentally distracted for 27 seconds after use, missing important information on the road in front of them. In another study, researchers found that 58% of teen drivers being recorded by a dash cam were engaged in distracting behavior in the moments before a crash. Yet another study revealed that, in 52% of drives where a crash occurred, the driver’s phone had been in use for, on average, two minutes before the crash.
Get the money you deserve from reckless drivers
Despite the abundance of evidence that distractions make drivers dangerous, in addition to the laws prohibiting the practice, drivers still text and email while driving, putting your life at risk. These careless and dangerous drivers have caused thousands of Illinois residents major injuries. The experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of John Fairman have the skills to investigate these accidents and use evidence from reconstruction experts, security cameras, and eyewitnesses to prove that a driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Contact us today so that we can begin to investigate and build your claim for damages against the dangerous driver who caused your injuries.
Call Attorney John Fairman in Homewood and Bridgeview after a Chicago Area Distracted Driving Car Accident
For assistance in filing a claim for damages after an Illinois distracted driver crash, contact the seasoned and knowledgeable Chicagoland personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of John Fairman for a consultation, in Homewood at 708-799-4848, and in Bridgeview at 708-960-4806.