Many things can take a driver’s attention while he or she is on the road. From in-car technology to a hand-held device, such as a phone, drivers face various distractions every time they get behind the wheel. At this point, most people are aware of the dangers of driving while focused on something else, but statistics indicate distraction remains one of the most significant safety threats on the road.
You likely share the road with distracted drivers every time you drive. Even if you are safe and responsible, there is no guarantee others will also do the same. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by someone who was driving while distracted, you could have grounds for a civil claim. This is one way you can fight back and hold other parties accountable for their reckless and negligent actions that caused you harm.
A close look at a serious problem
To combat the problem of distracted driving, states have implemented laws that should discourage the use of phones behind the wheel. Drivers who violate these laws could face steep penalties. Across the country, fatal distraction-related accidents continue to rise, leading many to wonder how effective these laws truly are. Some possible explanations include:
- The language of the statute may be ambiguous and leave room for interpretation regarding what actions are appropriate while driving.
- There is not enough education and public awareness to go along with new distracted driving laws.
- The fines and penalties are not such that they truly motivate drivers to put down their phones while driving.
- There is not an effort across various community and law enforcement groups to really bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.
Studies find that any of these could affect how truly effective distracted driving laws are within a community.
Holding distracted drivers accountable
Regardless of the specific laws that may or may not be in place, each Illinois driver is accountable for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. If you are dealing with injuries and property damage from a reckless driver, there are options available to you. The civil justice system provides you with the opportunity to seek damages and compensation for your accident-related losses. An assessment of your case can help you see the specific damages that could be available in your specific and unique situation.