Geneva Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
If You Have Been Injured in a Crash, We Can Help
Some of the most dangerous instances of not paying attention to what one is doing occur on local streets and highways. With all the gadgets and gizmos that drivers carry with them nowadays, there are so many opportunities for a person’s focus to be on something else while operating their vehicle. Unfortunately, these distractions have increased the number of auto collisions that happen every year.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver in Geneva, O’Brien Law, LLC is here to represent your side of the story. We can use our extensive knowledge of the law to help you in your pursuit of maximum compensation for your injuries.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Did you know that in North America, driver inattention is a factor in more than one million auto collisions every year? Much of the distraction is caused by people’s phones. Hundreds of thousands of people’s lives are forever changed because of cell phone use behind the wheel. This is why Illinois and other states have established strict laws related to cell phone usage while driving.
Illinois law prohibits those who are operating a motor vehicle from:
- Using hand-held cell phones
- Using other electronic communication
To violate these laws is to commit driver negligence. Such drivers should be held accountable for any damages they inflict on other drivers and pedestrians. However, cell phone usage is not the only type of distracted driving in Illinois.
Additional examples of distracted driving include:
- Eating or drinking
- Reading or writing
- Adjusting the radio
- Navigating with a GPS
- Looking at a map
- Talking to passengers
- Applying cosmetics
- Engaging in horseplay
What to Do When Injured by a Distracted Driver
Despite the laws in place against distracted driving, it still remains the number one cause of auto collisions. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you deserve to be compensated for all of your losses.
To recover money for your damages, you will typically need to file a claim against the at-fault driver. However, if the driver was working at the time, their employer could be liable as well. This is often the case with truck accidents.
Before you call our law office for help with your case, there are several things you can do right after the accident, including:
- Call the police
- Take pictures of vehicle damage
- Photograph any injuries you have
- Obtain information from the at-fault driver
- Collect names and contact info of any witnesses
- Request a copy of the police report
- Save records of medical expenses
After these steps, you will want to consult with our Geneva distracted driving accident attorney. During your free consultation, we can help you calculate the losses you have incurred and determine the value of your claim. Then we can help you file a claim against the liable party to obtain the compensation you deserve.