We’ve all seen it. A car up ahead is slowly moving out of its lane, weaving back, and then drifting out again. It’s always possible that the driver is falling asleep at the wheel, but these days, odds are good that the driver is texting while driving. And while texting and driving has been illegal in Illinois since 2010, that hasn’t stopped distracting drivers from causing a staggering 3,166 deaths in 2017. While the Illinois government is working to crack down on this public health crisis, that doesn’t mean that the danger of getting in a distracting driving accident isn’t very real to you and your loved ones.
Distracted driving has become such an epidemic that as of July 1st of this year, in Illinois, getting caught texting and driving will no longer get you a warning ticket on your first offence. It now results in a moving violation, and if you rack up three of these in a year will result in a suspended license. Drivers will also be fined a maximum of $75 on the first offense, $100 on the second offense, $125 on the third offense, and $150 for all subsequent offenses. These measures have become necessary and over 15,000 drivers were ticketed last year for texting and driving according to an Illinois state police spokesperson. These shocking statistics mean that while the police might be writing plenty of tickets, the need for a proven personal injury attorney on your side is greater than ever. At Kryder Law Group, we specialize in cases of motorist or pedestrian injury as a result of distracted driving and we’re standing by to help.
When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important to keep yourself and others safe by only using hands-free options when using your phone. Whether you use an earpiece or your vehicle’s bluetooth speakers, make sure both hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road. Unfortunately, even the most attentive drivers can get blindsided by a distracted driver, so make sure that our office’s number is programmed in your phone. In the event of an accident, every second counts, so get in touch immediately after contacting 9-1-1. If you or a loved one are hurt by a distracted driver, we’ll make sure that justice is served. Our consultations are always free, so don’t hesitate to contact us at (312) 223-1700 if you or your loved ones are in an accident.