Chicago personal injury lawyers are just one of a growing chorus of voices that continue to call for changes to address the deadly problem of distracted driving. Last week saw even more advocacy for driving safety as a My Fox Chicago author published a story raising increased attention on the distracted driving issue. The article pointed to the large number travelers who have been injured and even killed following these accidents.
On top of that the Chicago area was recently the home a gathering that specifically address the deadly roadway problem. The Illinois Distracted Driving Summit drew a wide range of safe driving advocates ad policymakers. The speakers at the gathering put the problem into perspective. For example, cell phone use remains the most common form of driving distraction. As it now stands twenty five percent of all car crashes are caused by a driver who is on a cell phone and not paying attention to the road. Expectedly, the drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel are the most likely to be involved in a traffic accident.
One of the summit attendees, U.s Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood explained how he believed that distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions. Legislation may be needed to curb the dangerous problem. The Illinois General Assembly is considering dual legislation that calls for a two-year study. Many advocates deem the legislation too little too late. Less studying and more action is needed.
As the problem grows a variety of sources are seeking innovative ways to help improve road safety. For example technology already exists that sends cell phone calls directly to voicemail when the phone is in a moving vehicle. While not yet capable of distinguishing between drivers passengers, the technology is a step in the right direction. Of course a perfect solution to the problem exists right now without any tech improvements necessary: the will to turn off cell phones whenever one is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Our Chicago personal injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti are proud to work with distracted driving victims and their families. Our experienced lawyers are experienced in how the legal system provides protections for those who suffer injury because of the negligence of a fellow driver. Be sure to contact our Illinois car accident lawyers if you ever find yourself in that situation.
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