The Dangers Of Driving While On The Phone
The digital age has brought with it a new menace on the roads.
That menace is drivers who use their cell phone while driving. A study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics has shown that about one-quarter of drivers involved in accidents, were on their phones within a moment of crashing. It was also shown that more than half of the accidents in the study were the result of distracted driving due to cell phone use.
When you are driving in Chicago, dealing with distracted drivers is an unavoidable reality.
Areas to be particularly wary of include:
• The drop-off areas at both airports
• Solidarity Drive between the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium
• King Drive
• Grand Avenue
• The Stevenson Expressway
• Lake Shore Drive
As the economy has improved and gas prices have gone down, more cars have gone on the road. When you throw distracted driving into the mix, traffic fatalities tend to rise.
The Cambridge study shows that despite the ban on using hand held devices while driving, places like Illinois are not seeing a dramatic reduction in the average amount of time drivers spend on the phone.
Enforcement of the ban is very difficult. There are far more drivers on the road than the police can keep track of and almost all of them have cell phones. For this reason, police only catch about one in ten violators of this ban.
In Illinois, if you are caught using your phone while driving, you can expect to pay a $75 fine for the first offense and up to $150 for any subsequent offenses.
With all these drivers looking at their phones instead of the road, no one is safe. Even the most alert drivers are at risk of being involved in an auto accident. Having a good auto accident attorney on your side has never been more important than it is today.
If you spot a driver texting while driving, call the attorneys at Chicago Legal Group at 847-305-4105.
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