Charleston, IL Texting Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of Distracted Drivers in Coles County
Texting while driving has become the most dangerous distraction while driving. In Illinois, more than 281,000 car crashes were reported in 2011 and approximately 1,100 were related to texting. Nationally, approximately 10% of fatal traffic accidents involved a distracted driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) texting while driving is six times more dangerous than drinking and driving. A recent study by AT&T found that about 49% of adults and 43% of teens admitted to texting and driving — despite nearly all respondents knowing how dangerous it was to do so.
If you were struck and injured by a driver who was texting, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm represents victims of texting accidents across Central and Southern Illinois and the St. Louis, MO area and has been doing so for over 25 years. We are fully committed to righting the wrongs caused by distracted driving, through our hard-hitting counsel and compassionate service.
For a no-fee, no-obligation review of your accident, fill out our online contact form or call our Charleston texting accident lawyers at (217) 394-5885.
Texting & Driving Laws in Illinois
In Illinois, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving. The use of handheld cell phones or any “electronic communication devices” is prohibited while driving. Navigation systems or other devices that are physically integrated into a vehicle are not included. Using a cell phone while driving is a petty offense punishable by a fine and other fees, which may add up to $300 or more depending on the county in which the offense occurred. Causing an accident while using a cell phone may be a misdemeanor or felony offense if someone is seriously injured or killed.
Types of Texting & Driving Collisions
Taking your eyes off the road to read or send a text takes an average of approximately 4.6 seconds. If a vehicle is moving 55 miles per hour, it could travel the length of a football field in those few seconds. When a driver is distracted, they cannot appropriately react to difficult situations including the need to suddenly stop or swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle.
A driver who is texting may cause such collisions as:
- Head-on crashes
- Side-impact collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm
The statistics for texting and driving accidents prove that this type of distracted driving can be deadly, yet it continues to occur. We understand how frustrating it can be to become involved in a collision that could have been prevented, had the driver decided to forgo texting while driving.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we are committed to representing texting accident victims and helping them through the entire litigation process. Our experienced Charleston, IL attorneys have been providing comprehensive legal counsel to the injured for over two decades. We have over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience to pursue the most favorable result for every client.
Contact us today to find out how we can help in the aftermath of a texting while driving accident.
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