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Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted Driving Accidents

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Distracted drivers represent a significant threat to anyone on the road—including themselves—because their attention isn’t focused on identifying and circumventing preventable accidents or road hazards. When drivers are sufficiently distracted, they may not take notice of merging traffic, slowing cars, or even construction zone warnings. For this reason, distracted driving is responsible for over 1,000 injuries a day in the United States.

If you’ve been in an accident due to the negligent actions of a distracted driver, contact the Illinois auto accident attorneys at Sam C. Mitchell & Associates. Our legal team has over a century of collective legal experience and has helped countless clients secure damages in personal injury cases.

Sam C. Mitchell has been representing clients since 1968. Call our Southern Illinois auto accident attorneys at (618) 505-1660 to discover your legal options.

Causes of Distracted Driving

Despite new laws and aggressive awareness campaigns, the total number of car accidents caused by distracted drivers increases each year. This is due to several contributing factors, but the root issue can always be pinpointed to poor choices and human negligence. When a driver is operating a motor vehicle, their attention needs to be focused on the road and any surrounding cars, trucks, or motorcycles. Unfortunately, a person’s attention can be easily diverted by any multitude of distractions, particularly during long and tedious drives.

Distracted driving is often caused by:

  • Talking and texting on a cell phone
  • Fiddling with the radio
  • Checking a GPS device
  • Taking photographs
  • Talking with passengers
  • Eating or drinking

In this age of smartphones, many drivers find it difficult to keep their eyes and hands cell phone free. According to a study released in 2017 by Cambridge Mobile Telematics, one in four accidents occur because a driver is playing with their cell phone instead of paying attention to the road. In fact, recent studies have proven that using a hands-free device is just as dangerous as texting because a driver’s attention is diverted away from the road for longer periods of time.

File Your Claim Today

When any car accident occurs, victims may sustain serious injuries that require expensive medical treatments and surgeries. In some cases, these injuries are catastrophic and may even necessitate long-term professional care. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it’s imperative that you seek the aid of a legal professional who can help you file a personal injury claim. An effective lawsuit may award you with compensation that facilitates your recovery and provides for any lost wages.

At Sam C. Mitchell & Associates, our attorneys are exclusively devoted to helping clients who require legal representation in personal injury cases. Our firm has handled over 3,700 cases and has secured millions in damages for our clients.

We understand that many of our clients experience financial difficulties following an accident. For this reason, we provide our services on a contingency fee basis, ensuring that our clients can pursue justice and damages without worrying about the financial cost. You don’t pay unless we win.

Call our Illinois auto accident lawyers at (618) 505-1660 to schedule a consultation.

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Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Burn Victim $24,000,000

    House explosion involving a gas leak causing serious and permanent injuries to the occupants.

  • Auto Accident $9,000,000

    Auto accident involving permanent injury to a mother and her unborn child.

  • Auto Accident $2,500,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - A box truck pulled out in front of our client’s vehicle, resulting in a T-bone crash. Our client sustained serious injuries to his neck and left shoulder.

  • Trucking Accident $2,500,000

    Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.

  • Slip & Fall $1,050,000

    Woman slipped and fell over a parking block at a local restaurant in Nashville, IL. She was left with a broken hip and a long recovery.

  • Auto Accident $875,000

    Client was stopped at a red light in O'Fallon when another vehicle failed to stop rear-ending our client. He sustained injuries to his neck, low back and leg.

  • Auto Accident $750,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - Jury verdict in favor of our client who was injured in an intersection crash in Herrin, IL. Before the trial, the defendant’s insurance company withdrew all settlement offers and offered our client $0. Justice was served with a trial verdict of $750,000.

  • Pedestrian Accident $650,000

    Client was struck on the head by a tree branch being cut by the defendant, leaving our client unconscious. He suffered a severe brain injury as a result.

  • Auto Accident $600,000

    A woman was violently rear-ended in Marion, IL and sustained injuries to both of her knees from striking the dashboard and an injury to her foot.

  • Auto Accident $375,000

    A woman sustained injuries to her neck, back, right hip, and left knee after being involved in a T-bone collision.

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