For over a decade now, so many of us have seen the bumper sticker that says: “Shut Up and Drive.” Of course, everyone agrees that sharing the road with a distracted cell phone driver is obnoxious, but with practically every person having a cell phone with them at all times now, never before has using a cell phone while driving been more dangerous than the present. Everywhere we drive, we see people surfing the web, reviewing work and personal emails, and texting each other while behind the wheel of their car.
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Accidents causing catastrophic injuries and all too likely death because of a distracted driver have never been higher. The lawyers at the Law Office of Nicholas Baker want to remind people that no accident is easier to prevent than the ones caused by those using cell phones when they shouldn’t be using them.
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Many studies, from Harvard University or the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) have reported that cell phone use is becoming one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States.
· Drivers using cell phones are 4-times more likely to be in a car accident
· 20-percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted drivers
· Brain activity is reduced by over 30% while using a cell phone in the car
· Drivers on cell phones are almost 20 percent slower in reaction time—the same as having a blood alcohol concentration equal to the legal limit of .08 percent
· Cell phone use by drivers has recorded over 900 fatalities and over 1 million injuries each and every year
Most studies show that the most reckless and dangerous of all cell phone use is those that use their phone to send emails or text messages while driving. The amount of time it takes to send even a quick email or text message, although it may seem miniscule, allows a person to drive hundreds of feet without seeing the roadway ahead. This is precisely why texting drivers hit so many pedestrians, motorcycle riders, and bicyclists.
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Take for example this tragic story: On August 1, 2011, a 39-year-old man was changing his tire at 7:30pm in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, when a 23-year-old woman struck him with her car as she was reading messages on her cell phone. The injuries sustained by the 39-year-old man were so severe that he succumbed to the trauma and passed away a few weeks later at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.
The saddest part of this story is how easily this accident could have been avoided had the woman driver decided to wait until she pulled off the road to check her text messages. Texting and emailing while driving is dangerous and should never be done—and in most cities across Illinois now, it is illegal, and carries with it a hefty fine.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in Chicago because of a cell phone accident or by a texting driver, you need to hire an experienced cell phone accident injury attorney. We know it may be difficult to get out and visit us for your 100% free consultation with your injuries; we are happy to come to your home, office or the hospital to discuss your claim in a confidential and compassionate manner. Don’t wait any longer, fill out the form on this page or just give us a call to get started today.