Distracted Driving Accidents
Pursue Damages with Our Illinois Auto Accident Attorneys
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 experienced legal team has over 135 years 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 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.