DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT
ATTORNEYS IN NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS
As most people know, traffic accidents continue to rise as more and more distracted drivers navigate roads and highways across Illinois. According to recent crash statistics, there were over 20,000 crashes involving motor vehicles in DuPage County, Illinois in 2018 alone. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was texting, eating, or otherwise driving distracted, you are within your rights to hold the driver responsible and seek compensation for your injuries.
At Marker & Crannell, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal guidance and compassionate representation to car accident victims and their loved ones. Our experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys will review and investigate all of the facts surrounding your case and help you understand all possible legal avenues that you can take to pursue damages. As your legal counsel, we will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help you seek fair financial compensation for your injuries, property damage, and any additional pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure.
Marker & Crannell Attorneys at Law is proud to represent clients throughout Naperville, Illinois, and the surrounding areas of Bolingbrook, Joliet, Woodridge, Plainfield, and Aurora. Call today to learn more about how we might be able to help you with your case.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving can be described as any activity or action that diverts a driver’s attention, focus, or concentration from the road while driving. Such activities include talking or texting on the phone, drinking, eating, or talking to other passengers.
Furthermore, driving distractions may be classified into manual, visual, auditory, or cognitive distractions. Cognitive distractions take the driver’s focus and concentration away from the task of driving itself. This is often more than just texting, and can be anything from talking on the phone or talking to other passengers.
While listening to the radio is often considered less distracting because it doesn’t require active participation, adjusting the radio can be viewed as a manual distraction that can cause the driver to take their hands off the wheel and potentially cause an accident.
Illinois Distracted Driving Laws
Illinois law prohibits using handheld cell phones, texting, or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. According to Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) Section 12-610.2 b, “a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device.” However, the use of hands-free devices or Bluetooth technology is allowed for drivers who are 19 years old or older.
The only time that Illinois drivers are allowed to operate a cell phone that isn’t hands-free include:
When reporting an emergency situation
While parked on the shoulder of a roadway.
While stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.
If a traffic accident results from distracted driving, the driver responsible may be facing criminal penalties and possible incarceration.
Speak with An Experienced Illinois Personal Injury Attorney
Being involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver can be scary and overwhelming. If you’re unlucky enough to suffer significant injuries, such an accident can have devastating long-term effects on your mental, physical, and financial well-being. Luckily, you don’t have to face these challenges on your own. Hiring a knowledgeable personal injury attorney is an important step that you can take to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation for your injuries.
At Marker & Crannell, we have the experience and resources to assist and represent clients in personal injury cases involving accidents with distracted drivers. As your attorney, we will:
Review every last detail of your case and conduct an in-depth investigation
Gather every necessary piece of information, evidence, and documentation
Work to prove fault and establish liability
Determine the full extent of your injuries, other losses, and estimate case-value
Handle all communications with any insurance companies involved to negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries
If necessary, take additional legal action in court
Our skilled distracted driving attorneys will fight compassionately to protect your best interests and help you hold the responsible individuals accountable. We will help seek fair financial compensation that can cover your medical expenses, lost income, future medical bills, and any additional pain and suffering you’ve had to endure. Having our team of legal professionals on your side can improve your chances of achieving a favorable outcome in your personal injury case — so call today to learn more about how we can help you pursue the justice you deserve!
CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS SERVING NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you have rights that need to be protected. Contact Marker & Crannell Attorneys at Law today to schedule a free one-on-one case evaluation. Our attorneys can offer you the experienced legal counsel, support, and compassionate representation you need in your case. We’re proud to serve clients throughout Naperville, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Woodridge, Plainfield, and Aurora, Illinois. Call our office today to get the help you need.