Everyday on my way into work, it never fails that I see people texting while they are driving. Not only are people texting, but they are using Facebook and other apps while they are driving. This type of activity is not only dangerous as it can cause car accidents, but it also something that is punishable by law.
If you are uncertain about how dangerous this is, consider these statistics:
– 23% of auto accidents in the US in 2011 was in someway involving the use of cell phones, which is a number that is sure to rise given how dependent people are upon their cell phones
– When you drive and text, you have a 23 times greater chance of being involved in an accident
– In most cases, a drivers attention is diverted for 5 seconds while they are using their phone and driving, and when driving 55 mph, you would have driven the length of a football field without looking up
These statistics bring to question why someone would think that they could possibly drive and text at the same time. The main reason is that people are overestimating their ability to multi-task. They think that they can drive and text without any issue, and that is simply wrong, and the law agrees as drivers who are caught texting or messing with other apps while driving are treated as criminals.
In Illinois, it is illegal to text and drive, or do anything with your cell phone while driving that is considered to be something that can break your focus. This includes checking messages on social media feeds, using the Internet and the like. For those who are driving and text, it is time to stop, as you are putting yourself and others at risk. The text message you receive or want to send can wait until you are safely at your destination.
If you were injured due to a drive texting while driving, contact Mike Agruss Law, for a free consultation. We are a Chicago injury law firm representing individuals and families who have suffered an injury in a texting and driving accident. Mike Agruss Law will handle your case quickly, will advice you every step of the way, and will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
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