Driver distraction continues to be a significant threat to safe travel in Illinois, including Lake County. “Distracted driving” can be caused by many different activities that divert the attention of the driver. Among the most common reasons for driver distraction is operating a cell phone – and especially texting while driving. In many cases this resulting lack of attention can directly or indirectly lead to a loss of vehicle control and/or a traffic accident.
On this site, various issues (including legal, medical, and statistics) regarding distracted drivers and the accidents caused by their negligent actions are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents And Injuries” page. As seen on that page, statistics indicate the danger of driving while inattentive as well as the significant number of accidents that are attributed to driver distraction. Additionally, a recent study (discussed in the “‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety” post) shows that drivers consider “distracted driving” to be the top threat to traffic safety.
On April 13, 2018 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced a traffic safety campaign focused on distracted driving. The media release is titled “Sheriff Curran Announced Distracted Driver Traffic Safety Campaign.”
Notable excerpts include:
Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “Texting and driving is dangerous. If a motorist is caught with a phone in one hand, they can expect a ticket in the other. The purpose of the campaign is to reduce distracted driving and reduce traffic crashes.”
Texting while driving distracts the driver visually, manually and cognitively, putting everyone on the road at risk. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field.
Additional details concerning driver distraction can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”
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Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses. To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time. There is no fee for this consultation.