Currently Browsing: Car Accidents

The Perils of Distracted Driving

The United States sees an alarming number of traffic accidents each year. Reports from the National Safety Council tallied a total of 38,300 deaths and about 4.4 million injuries requiring immediate medical attention for the year 2015. Distracted driving is among the most common causes of these tragic accidents. In a separate report from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for over 3,000 fatalities for the year 2013 alone.

In Illinois, state police does not shy from emphasizing the particular dangers of distracted driving. According to the Illinois State Police website, most of these accidents happen due to the use of mobile phones while driving. The Illinois State Police estimates that driving while using mobile phones and other similar gadgets increases the chance of getting into a crash by 400 percent. This is because the use of mobile phones while driving require individuals to divide too much of their attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies visual distraction, motor distraction, and cognitive distraction as the three different components that make texting while driving particularly devastating. Using your mobile phone while operating a vehicle requires you to take your eyes off the road, your hands off the stirring wheel, and shift your full attention from the task of driving. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but you can never tell what a moment of distraction might cause you to miss on the road.

Regardless of the cause of the crash, any car accident can lead to some very serious consequences. Even if the doesn’t lead to any tragic fatalities, individuals involved in a car accident may still end up with serious injuries and serious psychological trauma. Fortunately, people that have gotten seriously hurt in a distracted driving accident have the option to pursue legal action against those responsible for their injuries. Residents of Illinois that find themselves in this very situation should not hesitate seek counsel from Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg.