Experts generally agree that distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car crashes in Illinois and across the rest of the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 3,000 people are killed every year because of distracted driving. Tragically, many of those deaths were people who were driving or otherwise acting safely but were struck by a distracted driver and killed.
Even when distracted driving accidents do not cause fatalities, they can still cause serious injuries. If you or a family member have been hurt in a car crash because another driver was eating, talking on the phone, texting, or doing some other activity that took their attention away from the road, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Common Accidents That Result From Distracted Driving
Many people think they can multitask safely while they drive. After all, a quick text response may seem to only take a couple of seconds. Unfortunately, the statistics say otherwise – and, in fact, when a car is traveling at high speeds, the few seconds it takes to send a text may mean a car ends up several hundred feet further than it was when the texting began.
Accidents caused by distracted driving tend to follow similar patterns and often involve drivers who:
- Swerve into oncoming traffic
- Sideswipe cars going in the same direction
- Hit stationary objects
- Run stop signs, red lights, or miss other traffic signals
- Fail to see cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, animals, or objects in the road
- Drive into ditches or other roadside structures
These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Even in seemingly minor accidents, it is important to get evaluated by a medical professional. Certain injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, and sprains, may take several weeks or days to appear, yet may linger and cause serious health problems for months or years.
If you get into a car crash with a distracted driver, make sure the crash is documented by taking photos of the aftermath and writing down everything you can remember. Call the police to the scene and make sure there is a police report. Then, speak to a personal injury attorney who can help you pursue compensation for any lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Even if you were in the car with the driver, if you were injured by a crash caused by the driver texting and driving, you may be able to pursue compensation.
Contact a Naperville, IL Car Crash Injury Lawyer
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