Drivers who use cell phones while driving are more likely to be distracted, leave their lane of traffic, causing an accident.
Cell phones are used for a variety of purposes including communication, accessing social media, texting, and email. Cell phones have become so prevalent that a new study by the Pew Research Foundation shows that 24 percent of teenagers in the U.S. use social media on a cell phone. When used properly at the right time, cell phones can be a boon, especially in emergency situations. However, it is dangerous to use a cell phone while driving. Drivers who use cell phones while driving are more likely to be distracted, leave their lane of traffic, causing an accident.
Distracted Driving Laws
The risk associated with cell phone use while driving is so serious that many jurisdictions across the U.S. have enacted laws to address this epidemic. Even the jurisdictions that do not have specific legislation against cell phone use by drivers have distracted driving laws that are broad enough to encompass the use of cell phones. Chicago has taken steps to make cell phone use illegal except in emergency situations. Young drivers are not allowed to use cell phones at all. There is also a restriction on the use of cell phones in school zones and construction sites.
As Dangerous as Drunk Driving
Many studies have shown that activities associated with cell phone use can make a driver as dangerous as a drunk driver. It is important for drivers to realize that their actions contribute to the safety of everyone they share the roads with; it is important to put safety first. Drivers must avoid texting while driving, sending or receiving emails, accessing social media networks, streaming content or watching videos, or any other activity that can take their attention away from the main task at hand. Parents of young drivers should educate their children about the dangers of cell phone use while driving and be a good role model to them. Everyone must encourage family and friends to avoid using cell phones while driving and use reasonable care to prevent accidents from occurring.
Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a driver using a cell phone while driving, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover your medical expenses and vehicle and property damage. To prove your claim and to get the rightful compensation from at-fault driver, contact a Chicago car accident lawyer from Willens Law Offices. Call us at (312) 957-4166.