Texting while driving has become the most dangerous distraction drivers face while behind the wheel.
In Illinois more than 281,000 car crashes were reported in 2011 and approximately 1,100 were related to texting while driving while nationally, more than 3,300 fatal accidents involved a distracted driver.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) texting and driving is six times more dangerous than drinking and driving and 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 text and drive.
Have you or someone you love been hit and / or injured by a driver that was texting?
Did you know that the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages and more?
At Tapella & Eberspacher, we offer free consultations and we only get paid when we win.
Illinois & Missouri Texting and Driving Laws
In the United States, 40 out of 50 states have banned texting while driving including the state of Illinois where it is a primary law as of 2011. Any driver who is caught texting while driving will be fined between $100 and $500.
Furthermore, there are more than 70 communities that do not allow drivers to use hand-held devices and throughout the state it is prohibited in school zones and highway construction zones. The use of hand-held cell phones may be completely prohibited as soon as 2014.
In order to communicate the message that texting and driving can wait the state offers free decals to remind you, and fellow motorists, to not text and drive. The state also suggests pulling over onto Illinois Oases located on the toll ways.
Throughout Missouri, while there are more and more states placing restrictions on cell phone usage in motor vehicles, currently Missouri's cell phone laws do not prohibit such use.
However, the state HAS banned texting and driving for those that are 21 years of age or older.
Types of Texting and Driving Collisions
Taking your eyes off the road to read or send a text on average takes about 4.6 seconds and if a person is traveling at 55 miles per hour they 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.
Some common types of collisions that could occur when a driver is texting include:
Anyone involved in a texting and driving collision is likely to experience some common car accident injuries as the driver responsible for the collision was likely unable to stop or slow down and lessen the impact.
Contact our Illinois & Missouri Auto Accident Lawyer Today
The statistics for texting and driving accidents prove that this type of distracted driving can be deadly yet everyday people engage in this activity while behind the wheel. We understand how frustrating it can be to become involved in a collision that was preventable if the driver decided to forgo texting while driving.
At Tapella & Eberspacher we are committed to representing accident injury victims and helping them through the entire litigation process. Our experienced attorneys have been providing comprehensive legal counsel for more than a decade to Illinois residents. We have offices located throughout Southern Illinois and are proud to serve the following areas:
Our team of attorneys is ready to help you with your accident claim, contact us at 1-855-522-5291 for a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation and to learn more about what your legal rights may be.