Chicago Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Distracted driving is dangerous driving behavior. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives and injured 391,000 people in a recent year. Texting while driving is the most alarming form of distracted driving, as it takes the driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds at a time – equivalent to driving the length of a football field at 55 mph.
Our experienced Chicago car accident attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates are dedicated advocates for people injured in distracted driving accidents. It is our mission to protect your rights, hold responsible parties accountable, and pursue compensation for your injuries to the fullest extent of the law. Clifford Horwitz, who heads our lead trial team, has won virtually every case he has taken to trial, with record-breaking jury verdicts in 25% of these victories. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, our Chicago distracted driving accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help.
What Is Distracted Driving?
NHTSA defines distracted driving as any activity that diverts the driver’s attention from operating a motor vehicle. This may involve:
- Talking on the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers in the vehicle
- Personal grooming
- Tuning the stereo or entertainment system
- Using the navigation system
Texting is particularly hazardous, as it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention. This dangerous driving behavior has become a significant threat to America’s roadways. In a Traffic Safety Facts publication about distracted driving, NHTSA reports state that 10% of all fatal crashes, 15% of all injury crashes, and 14% of all police-reported traffic crashes in recent years were caused or affected by distracted driving.
Negligence in Distracted Driving Accidents
Operating a vehicle is the wrong time for a driver to multitask. Operating a moving vehicle weighing thousands of pounds requires a driver’s full attention. Every driver has a duty to use reasonable care. When a driver chooses to drive distracted and an accident occurs as a result, that legal duty has been breached. At this point, negligence on the part of the distracted driver may be established.
Using hand-held devices and texting while driving is prohibited in the state of Illinois. Although, speakerphones, headsets, and Bluetooth systems are permitted. When a distracted driver has violated a law or safety ordinance, it is more probable that negligence can be established.
Damages in Chicago Distracted Driving Accident Claims
When negligence is successfully established, victims in distracted driving accidents may be able to recover compensatory damages, which may include:
- Economic damages: Medical expenses, property damage, household services, lost income, out-of-pocket costs
- Noneconomic damages: Pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, etc.
Pursuing Compensation after Chicago Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, seek experienced legal counsel. Our team of Chicago personal injury lawyers at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has a successful track record recovering settlements and achieving positive verdicts for our clients. In fact, we obtained what was the largest verdict in state history for a personal injury claim.
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Our Illinois injury attorneys have been awarded membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and named among the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a distracted driving accident, schedule a consultation with our record-breaking team. Find out what our distracted driving attorneys can do to help you hold responsible parties accountable and recover compensation for the full extent of your injuries in Chicago.