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Distracted Driving Accident Injuries in Sugar Grove: Understanding Your Rights

 Posted on June 21, 2022 in Personal Injury

Sugar Grove Car Accident Injury LawyerCell phones and other handheld electronics have been a part of our everyday lives for decades now. Most people know the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. Unfortunately, texting and driving and other types of distracted driving are still common.

If you or a loved one were hurt in a vehicle crash caused by a distracted driver, it is important to know your rights. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

Accidents Caused by Cell Phone Use and Other Types of Distracted Driving

Most states have enacted laws prohibiting handheld electronic use behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these laws have not prevented many drivers from focusing on their phones, GPS, or tablets instead of the road.

Distractions do not only come in the form of electronic devices. Almost anything can become a deadly distraction. Children arguing in the backseat, eating and drinking while driving, or even changing the radio station can lead to a crash. Anything that takes a driver’s eyes, ears, or attention away from driving can lead to accidents resulting in serious injuries or death.

Holding Distracted Drivers Responsible and Pursuing Damages

Drivers have a moral obligation as well as a legal duty to drive safely and responsibly. When a driver’s inattention causes a crash, the victims may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the driver and pursue damages. The driver’s insurance company may be required to reimburse the injured victims for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Those injured in distracted driving accidents may also be entitled to compensation for non-financial damages like pain and suffering.

In many cases, distracted drivers are acting in violation of the law and face criminal charges for their actions. In Illinois, it is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving. In some cases, a personal injury claim for car accident injuries is brought in conjunction with criminal charges. However, criminal charges are not necessary for a successful injury claim. Illinois law allows accident victims to bring a claim for damages if another party’s negligent or wrongful actions causes them injury



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