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Joliet distracted driver accident attorneysIt seems that there is a distracted driver on almost every corner – someone applying makeup, talking on their cell phone, or searching for something in their passenger side floorboard. The increasing prevalence of distracted driving accidents and fatalities support the increase of inattentive drivers. Yet, according to a recent survey from Everquote, there is a disconnect between driver perception and reality in America. Sadly, this suggests the distracted driver problem is only going to get worse.

How Big is the Distracted Driver Problem?

Last year, traffic deaths in America rose by 7.2 percent. This is the largest increase in 50 years. Even more concerning is that distracted driving is also increasing. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction-related crashes rose by more than eight percent in the past year. Further, around 10 percent of the 35,000 accidents in 2015 were due to distracted driving.

The Distracted Driving Disconnect

Of the 2,300 people surveyed in the Everquote survey, 96 percent said they thought they were a “safe” driver. Yet, more than half of those same drivers (56 percent) admitted that they sometimes use their cell phones while driving. Even more concerning is that the Everdrive app, which tracked cell phone use of these drivers, found that some may not even realize they are using their cell phone behind the wheel. Data showed that 96 percent had engaged their cell phone at least once over a 30-day period, and drivers averaged approximately one call per trip.

This information suggests that drivers are more than just distracted – they are oblivious to their dangerous actions. As a result, they are putting their lives, and the lives of other road users at risk. Yet, this disconnect does not excuse them from fault in an accident, nor does it release them from accountability when someone else is injured or wrongfully killed.

Distracted Driver Accident Death or Injury? Contact Our Joliet Auto Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a distracted driver accident, you have the right to seek damages for your losses. Compensation may not be able to give back what was taken from you, but it can help ease the stress and financial burden that you are facing. Dedicated to your best interests, the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. will fight for full and fair compensation in your auto accident claim. Contact our seasoned Joliet auto accident attorneys at 815-666-1285 and schedule your consultation today.

Sources:

https://www.everquote.com/everdrive/confused-state-of-distracted-driving/

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/29/491854557/traffic-deaths-climb-by-largest-increase-in-decades

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812318

distracted driving, Joliet distracted driving accident lawyersEach year in the United States, thousands of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are injured and killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. The behavior has become such a problem that the National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As road travel increases around the country during the spring and summer months, efforts are underway to help drivers take steps to eliminate distracted driving. Here in Illinois, the State Police recently announced that officers will be focusing on distracted drivers and holding them accountable for their actions.

Distracted Driving and Work Zones

According to the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), distracted driving is one of the primary factors in accidents around the state and, particularly, in road construction zones. The conditions and variables in work zones can change quickly, and a driver whose attention is elsewhere can suddenly find that he or she is unable to react in time to prevent an accident. IDOT has already announced a large number of roadway improvement projects scheduled throughout the state over the next few months, so it is more important than ever for drivers to be careful.

More Than Just Cell Phones

When the topic of distracted driving comes up, most people's first thought probably involves cell phone conversations and text messages. While the use of electronic devices, including texting while driving, are certainly a problem—and already illegal in Illinois—distracted driving encompasses much more than mobile technology. “Drivers are doing things such as eating, grooming, using mobile phones,” said Captain David Byrd of the Illinois State Police. Talking with other passengers, adjusting the radio, and trying to follow GPS directions can affect a driver's focus and quickly lead to an accident.

Fines and Dangers

The efforts of the Illinois State Police and IDOT in the upcoming months are intended to do more than just punish motorists for distracted driving. They are aimed at increasing the safety of the state's roads and highways, and preventing potentially fatal crashes. Any type of car accident can be, of course, very dangerous and may lead to a lifetime of challenges for those are involved.

If you have been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by the distracted driving of another party, you need representation from an experienced Will County personal injury lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., for information about free consultations today. We will review your case, explain your options, and work with you to recover the full compensation you need to put your life back on track.

Sources:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving.aspx

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/04/12/state-police-promise-crackdown-on-distracted-driving-in-construction-zone/

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/31699189/idot-illinois-state-police-kick-off-national-work-zone-awareness-week

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