In recent years, texting and driving has become one of the greatest threats to drivers in Illinois. This is because texting and driving doesn’t just affect the person engaging in distracted driving; it can also affect innocent drivers who get caught up in an accident.
What are some stats about texting and driving?
Across the country, millions of people are involved in car accidents each year. Studies have shown that over 60% of these accidents involve using a phone while driving. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are injured in accidents caused by distracted driving, and out of those injuries, nearly 80% of them are serious or life-threatening.
Most people have heard about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Texting while driving might seem like a minor offense in comparison. Surprisingly, texting while driving is actually more dangerous than drunk driving. You might be completely sober, but you’re still putting yourself and other drivers at risk when you’re looking at your phone instead of focusing on the road.
Studies have shown that it can only take three seconds for an accident to occur. Typing a text message can easily take 30 seconds or more. If you’re distracted that long, you won’t have time to react if a car comes barreling toward you. You could also go off the road or weave into the other lane.
How can you pay your bills after an accident?
If you’re caught up in a car accident, you’ll have to pay a hefty price. You could have to deal with medical bills, auto repair bills, lost wages, and various other expenses. To recoup some of your losses, you can talk to an attorney about filing a claim and about how to navigate the legal process after an accident.