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When Distracted Driving Causes Death or Injury

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Joliet distracted driver lawyerEach year, nearly 400,000 road users are injured by distracted driving. Almost another 3,500 experience injuries that lead to fatality. The problem is so pervasive, in fact, that states are starting to ban all cell phone use behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these measures are still falling short of fixing the problem. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that at any given moment, 660,000 people are using their cell phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Learn what you can do if you or someone you love is injured or killed in a distracted driver accident, and how an attorney may be able to help.

Florida Man Allegedly Hits Two Construction Workers

Even in the best of conditions, driving requires a person's full attention. Any form of distraction – be it a cell phone, food, or the application of makeup – can place both the distracted driver and other road users at risk. However, the issue becomes even direr when facing adverse conditions, such as bad weather or road construction.

Take, for example, the recent accident in which an alleged distracted driver supposedly hit two construction workers. He was said to have been on his cell phone at the time of the accident (cell phone use in construction zones is illegal in the state of Illinois), and though one of the victims has been released from the hospital, the other is still receiving treatment. Both may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

Pursuing Compensation for Death and Injuries

Although victims are not required to hire an attorney for their personal injury claims, it is highly advised – especially when distracted driving is suspected. Not all crashes are investigated for cell phone use, and that can impact the amount of compensation a victim may be entitled to in their settlement. Furthermore, insurance companies will do anything they can to reduce or deny the payout to killed or injured victims and their families. An attorney can protect your rights and best interests, and they can handle all the legal aspects of your claim, giving you the time and energy you need to heal or grieve.

Contact Our Joliet Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a distracted driving accident, contact Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our Joliet distracted driver lawyers will fight aggressively for the most compensation possible. Schedule a personalized consultation to learn more. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/nhtsa-survey-finds-660000-drivers-using-cell-phones-or-manipulating-electronic-devices

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