${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Free Case Consultations 312-380-5467 Northwest Suburbs 847-380-3309
Toll-Free 866-264-7639
Free Case Consultations 312-380-5467 Northwest Suburbs 847-380-3309
Toll-Free 866-264-7639

Just how dangerous texting and driving really is in Illinois

Illinois has made texting and driving illegal, and the state has started a campaign that is known as "Drive Now. Text Later." The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness for the issue and to convince people, especially young people, that they should wait until they are off the roads to send or read text messages. Just how dangerous is this practice?

The statistics are alarming. For one, it has been determined that you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a wreck if you are texting. That's a massive increase of 2,200 percent. This information comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.

This isn't just for minor crashes, either. Reports have shown that drivers are also more likely to be in wrecks in which they are hurt -- not to mention the people in the cars that they hit -- if it is a multi-car accident. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has noted that this type of accident is four times as likely.

Finally, to dispel any notion that this is not common, the National Safety Council has said that someone is involved in a wreck every 24 seconds due to a cellphone. This is how much of a distraction a phone can really be. That works out to more than two accidents per minute, all because of phones.

Did you get hit by someone who was driving while texting, and did you suffer from catastrophic injuries as a result? If so, make sure that you know what rights you have to financial compensation, both for your medical bills and for your pain and suffering.

Source: Illinois Tollway, "Drive Now. Text Later. You Can't Do Both." accessed Feb. 04, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Let's Get Started Today

Call 312-380-5467 or fill out our short E-mail form for a FREE case consultation where we’ll review your case details and determine the best course of action to take.

Email Us
  • The Chicago Bar Association Founded 1874
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability
  • ITLA Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Avvo Ration 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Personal Injury
  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2014 Personal Injury

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.

Protecting your rights.

Call us at 312-380-5467 to get started. Or fill out this quick form and we’ll contact you.

Unable to come to our office? No problem! We help clients everyday via phone & email for your convenience.

Klest Injury Law Firm

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy