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Despite legislation banning cell phones, distracted driving on the rise

Cellphones are convenient. Because of their convenience, many drivers in Cook County and throughout the rest of the country don't think twice when they pick up a call while driving or make a quick phone call home while they are commuting home from the office.
 
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    January 10, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Cellphones are convenient. Because of their convenience, many drivers in Cook County and throughout the rest of the country don't think twice when they pick up a call while driving or make a quick phone call home while they are commuting home from the office. However, engaging in distracted driving activities like talking on a cell phone while driving, texting, eating or switching the channels on the radio have detrimental consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving kills nine people every day in the U.S.

The dangers of cellphone use and driving

Talking on a cell phone and driving is the same as getting behind the wheel and driving after consuming a few drinks, says the Huffington Post. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that using a cellphone while driving increases a driver's risk of crashing by four. In addition to this, texting and driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash.

However, the use of hands-free devices is not the solution to taking care of this problem. According to a recent study done by the University of Utah which studied drivers in a variety of different driving situations, drivers that used a voice-activated system in their vehicle to communicate was the most dangerous way to use a cellphone, even above a driver using a hand-held device to communicate.

Legislation proving to be ineffective

In order to combat the threat of drivers that talk on their cellphones, the governor of Illinois signed legislation into action in August of this year that makes it illegal for drivers to use a hand-held device while driving, says the Chicago Tribune. If a driver is caught using their cellphone while driving, they are subject to a fine starting at $75. However, drivers can still legally use hands-free technology to conduct conversations while driving.

Although 47 states, including Illinois, have put legislation into place that places some form of ban on cellphone use, accidents involving a distracted driver are on the rise. According to data collected by the NHTSA in 2011:
- 3,331 people were killed in an accident involving a distracted driver, more than 3,267 deaths than the previous year.
- Cellphones were the cause of 12 percent of these distracted driving fatalities.
- These statistics are extremely underreported.

If you were injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, you may be hurt, confused and wondering what to do next. Contact an attorney in your area that can consult with you and help you determine what legal actions should be taken next.

Article provided by Friedman & Bonebrake, P.C.
Visit us at www.friedmanbonebrake.com



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