Our Chicago Lawyers Represent the Families of Victims of Texting-Related Auto Accident Deaths

A law firm that understands texting while driving is negligent driving

It’s no secret that texting and other mobile phone use while behind the wheel causes accidents. When a driver is distracted by anything — phone included — that driver has minimal reaction time and less overall control of the vehicle. In response to the rising rates of texting-related accidents, Illinois has banned all handheld cellphone use while operating a vehicle. At Dolan Law, PC, our attorneys support clients who lose loved ones because of all types of negligent drivers, including those who text. We help victims gain full and fair compensation.

Overview of Illinois texting while driving laws

Texting while driving is not only dangerous in Illinois, but it is also illegal. Illinois anti-texting law 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2 states the following:

A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device to compose, send, or read an electronic message. An electronic message refers to electronic mail, a text message, an instant message, or a command or request to access an Internet site.

Texting or using the Internet on a handheld device is considered a primary offense, meaning police are allowed to pull motorists over if they see cellphone use without any other infractions. Also, texting or Internet use while driving is considered negligence in the state of Illinois, and the families of wrongful death victims are entitled to compensation.

If a negligent driver is responsible for the accident that caused your loss, you need legal representation so you can file a lawsuit and achieve justice.

Texting deaths and texting auto accidents by the numbers

Here are some startling statistics about driver distraction and texting while driving:

  • More than 800,000 vehicles are being operated by drivers using handheld mobile devices at any given moment during daylight hours.
  • A 2012 report by the National Safety Council revealed that no less than 3 percent of all auto accidents involve texting every year.
  • More than one-third of those surveyed admitted that they had read a text or email while driving over the past 30 days, while more than one-quarter admitted to also having sent texts or emails.
  • Even simply reading a text message takes on average 4.6 seconds — the same amount of time it takes to travel the distance of an entire football field at 55 miles per hour.
  • In 2011, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers.
  • In 2011, 10 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involved driver distraction.

Serious auto accidents can result in catastrophic injuries, such as lost limbs, severe burns, brain damage, and other closed- and open-head injuries. A distracted driver responsible for an accident can be held accountable for whatever damages result.

Consult a lawyer if your family member was fatally injured in an accident caused by a texting driver

Whether you’re located in Chicago, elsewhere in Illinois or nationwide, the attorneys at Dolan Law, PC are here to advocate for you. Nothing can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, but when a negligent driver is responsible, it is only fair that the person is held accountable. To learn more about our legal services, call [ln::phone] or contact our law firm online today.