Peoria Distracted Driver Accident Attorney
With the widespread use of cell phones and other electronic devices, distracted driving has become a serious problem on America’s roadways. As stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is dangerous driving behavior that claimed 3,450 lives in a recent year.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact a Peoria distracted driving accident attorney at Kanoski Bresney as soon as possible. Our Peoria car accident lawyers can help you pursue full compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Us?
- We have successfully recovered more than $400 million for our clients.
- Our Illinois personal injury attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing people who have been wrongfully injured due to negligence.
- We are client-oriented and committed to serving the best interests of the people we represent.
Why You Need an Attorney
Like other car accidents, distracted driving accidents involve a legal claim of negligence. To prove that the distracted driver was negligent, it is important to obtain, document, and preserve evidence. Our experienced distracted driver attorneys in Peoria, Illinois, can investigate your accident, obtain cell phone records, police reports, pictures of the accident scene, documentation of damage to your vehicle, medical bills and records, and witness statements to support your claim.
What Is Distracted Driving?
As stated by NHTSA, distracted driving is any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from driving. To safely operate a motor vehicle, it is necessary to give the task your full attention. Any non-driving activity is a potential distraction that could lead to an accident.
Types of Driver Distraction
Distracted driving is engaging in any activity that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or attention off driving. It may involve:
- Texting or talking on a cell phone
- Talking to passengers in the vehicle
- Eating or drinking
- Operating the navigation system
- Adjusting the stereo or entertainment system
- Grooming or applying makeup
Texting is a particularly alarming type of driver distraction, as it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention.
Distracted Driving Statistics
NHTSA reports that:
- 391,000 people in the U.S. were injured in traffic crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015, the most recent year for which injury statistics are available.
- During daylight hours in the U.S., approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving.
- Teens are the largest age group reported as driving distracted at the time of fatal accidents.
- Texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds, which is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Illinois Distracted Driving Laws
Under Illinois distracted driving laws, drivers are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle on the roadways while using an electronic communication device. The definition of “electronic communication device” includes any hand-held wireless phone, hand-held personal digital assistant, or portable or mobile computer. It does not include a GPS or navigation system or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cell phones while driving, except in emergency situations.
Contact Our Peoria, Illinois Office Today
Distracted driving is dangerous driving behavior that costs thousands of people their lives and injures hundreds of thousands every year. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, call Kanoski Bresney in Peoria right away. Our experienced lawyers can help you hold the distracted driver who caused your accident liable for your injuries.