As much as we have come to rely on these nifty devices, once we are behind the wheel of a vehicle, we need to focus on the road and others that share that road with us. When cell phones and other distractions take a motorist’s attention and focus from the act of driving, it can cause deadly accidents, especially for unsuspecting motorcyclists.
Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Car Drivers On Cell Phones & Electronics
In today’s world, the largest distraction for most drivers is the cell phone. Although eating, drinking, talking to other vehicle occupants and even fiddling with the radio can all distract drivers, cell phones have become one of the largest culprits for taking eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. Although talking on a cell phone while driving is bad enough, texting is even worse. Drivers are taking both eyes off the road and at least one hand off the wheel to text, causing them to be a danger to anyone on the road with them.
The National Safety Counsel (NSC) has been studying the dangers of using a cell phone while driving and has been lobbying for a nationwide ban. Statistics have proven that distracted driving caused by cell phone use has become an epidemic. In 2011, the NSC estimates that:
- 1.3 million accidents were caused by distracted driving involving cell phone use
- An estimated 1.2 million of these accidents involved phone conversations and at least 100,000 were due to texting while driving
- 23% of all traffic accidents were thought to involve the use of a cell phone
As of April 2013, most states do not have bans on all cell phone use while driving. Only 10 states have laws prohibiting hand held cell phone use for all drivers. In Illinois, texting is banned for all drivers and drivers under 19, school bus drivers and certain zones are banned for hand held cell phone use. However, some municipalities have enacted stricter laws applicable to all drivers.
Motorcyclists At Heightened Risk From Distracted Drivers Compared With Other People On The Road
Motorcycles are already less visible and often hit due to other motorists not watching for them on the road. Add another distraction such as a cell phone to the equation and motorcyclists have even less chance of being seen. The majority of accidents involving motorcycles and another vehicle are the fault of the other motorist, usually failing to yield to a motorcycle. This can only be compounded when the other motorist is distracted or assumes that the vehicle can see them.
Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits Involving Inattentive Drivers
Distracted driving accident cases are becoming more common and usually the offending motorist will not openly admit that they were on their cell phone at the time of the accident. For motorcyclists that are injured due to the fault of another driver who was distracted, it is important to have a motorcycle accident attorney that will investigate the cause of the accident. The Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at the Chicago Injury Center regularly subpoenas cell phones records of the motorists involved in the accident and look at the usage at the time of the accident. We understand the impact this can have on a case and in retrieving financial awards for our clients.
If injury or death has been caused to a motorcyclist in your family due to a distracted driver, we invite you to tell us your story. We will fight to uncover the truth to what caused the accident, especially if it was a distracted driver. Call us today to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys.