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Champaign car accident lawyer for distracted drivingThe month of April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and during this time, public safety campaigns are working to make sure people understand how this issue affects everyone who uses the roads. Distracted driving is one of the most common forms of driver negligence, and it can lead to dangerous car accidents that result in serious injuries or wrongful death. In fact, across the United States, 3,142 people were killed by distracted driving in 2019. Non-fatal accidents are very common as well, with about 700 people being injured every day in accidents involving distracted drivers. People who are injured by distracted drivers will want to work with an attorney to determine how they can receive financial compensation for the injuries they suffered because of the driver’s negligence.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Most Americans spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, and it can be easy for a person’s attention to wander, especially if they are driving on familiar roads as part of their daily routine. Unfortunately, a split-second distraction can be enough to cause a person to miss important details, and being unable to react in time to other vehicles, pedestrians, animals, obstacles, or other factors can lead to dangerous collisions.

Distractions can affect drivers in the following ways:

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in 2018. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from operating his or her vehicle safely is considered a form of distracted driving. This may include texting or other cell phone use, eating and drinking while driving, adjusting the radio or GPS system, and much more. If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be left with overwhelming financial losses. Fortunately, a personal injury claim may help you recover compensation.

Distracted Driving Is Against the Law
The act of texting and driving has been against the law in Illinois for over a decade. However, this has not stopped people from using their cell phones behind the wheel. Many drivers have admitted to texting, browsing the Internet, updating social media, and even watching videos while operating a vehicle. Recently, a new law went into effect in Illinois that allows the Secretary of State to revoke or suspend an individual’s driver’s license if he or she causes an accident resulting in bodily injury while using an electronic device. Although using a cell phone while driving is still a major concern, this is not the only type of distracted driving that results in serious auto accidents. Talking to passengers, reaching for an object that has fallen on the vehicle’s floor, attending to children in the backseat, and countless other acts may constitute distracted driving. If a motorist violates Illinois traffic laws or drives in a reckless or negligent manner, he or she may be liable for any damages caused in an accident.

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