It’s hard to get a grip on just how many car accidents are really caused by cell phone use. Studies looking at the likelihood of cell phone use causing car accidents are not heartening. According to studies, drivers who are using a hand-held device are just as likely to get in an accident as drivers who are drunk. Drivers who are texting take their eyes off the road for long enough to travel an entire football field.
Worse, recent studies show that drivers do not realize the impact cell phones have on their driving. Only about 2% of people realize that cell phone use and texting cause them to drift out of their lane when driving, and the majority believe that cell phone use has no effect on their driving.
In response, Illinois has instituted bans on cell phone use for many drivers. School bus drivers cannot use cell phones at all. Drivers are not allowed to use hand-held cell phones in construction zones or near emergency response areas. Drivers under the age of 19 are not allowed to use cell phones in the car. And all drivers are banned from texting while driving.
However, some people still text and drive, especially in Chicago where busy professionals strive to be constantly in touch. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an accident with a texting driver or a driver using a cell phone, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury or loss.