Representing the Victims of Illinois Auto Accidents
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. In fact, according to the Department of Transportation, more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving auto accidents in 2010 alone. Distracted driving often involves cell phone activities, such as texting, emailing, or talking on the phone, but distracted driving includes a number of other activities that divert the driver’s attention, such as eating or adjusting the radio.
Since distracted driving amounts to negligence, victims of auto accidents caused by distracted driving may be entitled to compensation from the negligent motorist in a personal injury lawsuit. The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Cogan & Power, P.C. represent the victims of all types of auto accidents, including accidents caused by distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. Contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving can include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including reading maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Dangers of Cell Phone Use
Using a cell phone while driving is extremely hazardous, prompting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to call for a nationwide ban on texting and making phone calls while driving. In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 fatalities and 500,000 injuries resulted from crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And according to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Association, drivers who use cell phones are four times more likely to get into injury-causing auto accidents.
Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in a school zone or highway construction zone, as well as sending or reading text messages and e-mails while driving anywhere within the state. Drivers under the age of 19 are prohibited from using cell phones with or without hands-free devices while driving. Moreover, several cities, including Chicago, Evanston and Winnetka, prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
Despite all of the warnings and laws prohibiting cell phone use, drivers continue to use cell phones when driving. The Chicago distracted driving attorneys at Cogan & Power have significant experience representing victims of auto accidents, including those caused by distracted drivers.
Contact the experienced Chicago distracted driving attorneys at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule your free consultation. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.