Attorneys Representing Chicago Bicyclists Injured By Distracted Drivers
Today’s electronic devices allow people to talk, e-mail, text and play the latest games where ever they can get cell phone service. While these new technologies can be a great convenience they frankly have no business in the hand or on the console of a person operating a vehicle. As many states have done, Illinois and regional lawmakers have legislated remove these distractions by passing various laws restricting the use of these devices while operating a vehicle.
Even with these restrictions on their use, electronics still play a substantial role in accidents involving distracted driving. Studies have shown that drivers who use electronics while driving have substantially response times compared with drivers who are actively engaged in driving. The delayed reaction time translates into an increase in crashes involving all people using the road- bicyclists included. Because of delayed reactions on the part of drivers, many ‘minor’ bicycle accidents develop into catastrophic events when no evasive actions are taken on behalf of an injured driver.
The bicycle accident lawyers at Chicago Injury Center know the perils a distracted driver can have to a cyclists sharing the road. Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted distracted drivers who have injured bicyclists on Chicago streets. Our attorneys regularly order cell phone records from defendant-drivers in bicycle accident lawsuit to demonstrate that the phone was in use at the time of the crash.
Drivers Denial of Distractions Resulting In Accidents
With extensive laws prohibiting cell phone and texting while driving, it is understandable that many drivers are hesitant to admit that they we using their phones either immediately prior or at the time of an accident. Consequently, our attorneys always request information on driver’s cell phone information including carrier, telephone number in every bicycle accident lawsuit that we file. We then subpoena the cellular phone records from the provider and carefully review calls, emails and texts made and received during the time of the accident.
Frequently, our careful work reveals that there were various types of communication in the minutes prior to a bicycle crash. When we catch a driver lying, these cases tend to get resolved faster and more favorably for our clients.
Distracted Truck Drivers & Commercial Operators Threatening The Safety Of Chicago Bicyclists
The dangers associated with drivers distracted by cellular phones is not confined to private vehicles. Recognizing the threat that a distract truck driver poses to other motorists and bicyclists, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a ban on hand-held cell phone use for all commercial truck drivers (CDL) on January 3, 2012. The law imposes a federal fine of up to $2,750 for each offense and potential driver disqualification for multiple violations. The law recognized the need for companies to take a proactive stance with their drivers as well and the employer can face penalties of up to $11,000 as well.
Suspect a Driver on a Cell Phone Caused Your Illinois Bike Accident?
Establishing that a driver who caused an accident with you is not a straight forward proposition. Frequently, these cases require the jurisdiction of the court in order to obtain subpoena power over a defendant driver. The Chicago Injury Center has Chicago bike accident attorneys who have handled many accident injury cases on behalf of injured bicyclists where cellular phones and other distractions come into play. As an inured person, you deserve to have your case handled by a team of skilled trial attorneys who can handle these aspects of your case while you attend to your medical needs and family. We’re here for you. Put us to work for you and your family today. 312-818-4450
Bike Injury Lawyers Advice to Cyclists Who Suspect Cell Phone Use: Stay away from any driver who appears to be talking on their cell phone or making texts. It could save your life.