Texting while driving is one of the most deadly forms of distracted driving. In Illinois, there has been a law in effect since 2014 that bans texting and talking on cellphones while driving. Upwards of 500 motorists have been ticketed by Illinois State Police so far this year for breaking that law. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Illinois Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. reports incidents of drivers who were so distracted while driving and talking on their cell phones, that they failed to pull over after looking at his squad car, which was signaling them with its lights on. Incidents like this are perfect examples as to the great level of impairment cell phone usage brings to drivers. Additionally, a study done on more than 3 million motorists by Zendrive concluded that motorists are on their phones for about 88% of their trips - which is about three and a half minutes for every sixty minutes.
The full extent of the fatal results of texting while driving remains underreported due to the fact that there are three kinds of knowledge about these cases, according to the National Safety Council. Knowledge of texting while driving auto-accidents are either: known, suspected, or unknown. For example, if a fatal auto-accident involved only one vehicle, then the exact reason for the crash may not be able to be determined. But, sometimes texting while driving can be suspected as the cause. It can only be known that it was the cause if there is evidence or a confession.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto-accident by a distracted driver, be sure to seek expert legal assistance from the Saint Louis personal injury attorneys of Meyerkord & Kurth. With over a century of combined legal experience, our attorneys will know exactly how to handle your case in order for justice to be established. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact Meyerkord & Kurth today.