Springfield Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield distracted driving accident attorneys helping with your case

Distracted driving is a dangerous problem on our roads, leading to countless accidents and harmful consequences. Whether caused by texting, talking on the phone, eating, or other distractions, these accidents often result in serious injuries, emotional trauma, and financial strain on victims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Springfield distracted driving accident, let our lawyers help you navigate the legal process and pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact Glisson Law for a free consultation to learn more about how we can assist you in seeking justice and rebuilding your life.

What is distracted driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states:

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

There are three types of distracted driving. Drivers may engage in one or all of these behaviors behind the wheel:

  • Visual distractions take your eyes off the road. This can include texting, talking on the phone, looking at a GPS device, or checking out the scenery.
  • Manual distractions take your hands off the wheel. This can include eating, drinking, grooming, or reaching for something in the car.
  • Cognitive distractions take your mind off of driving. This can include daydreaming, talking to passengers, or listening to loud music.

How common are distracted driving accidents in Illinois?

In 2021 in Illinois:

  • There were a total of 295,888 motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 3.6% of these crashes involved distracted driving.
  • Out of 1,334 fatalities and 85,460 injuries, about 0.8% and 4.8% involved distracted driving.
  • 19% of fatal crashes included at least one driver who was using their cell phone at the time of the accident.

Illinois has the sixth-highest rate of distracted driving deaths per licensed driver, recording 185 deaths in distracted driving accidents in 2020.

What types of injuries happen in distracted driving accidents?

Distracted driving can lead to a wide range of injuries, ranging from minor to severe, and in some cases, even fatal. The types of injuries that occur in distracted driving accidents can include:

  • Head and brain injuries: These can range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which can have long-lasting effects on cognitive function and overall well-being.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Severe collisions can damage the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or loss of sensation and function below the injury site.
  • Fractures and broken bones: Impacts with the steering wheel, dashboard, or other objects within the vehicle can cause fractures or breaks in bones, such as arms, legs, ribs, or the skull.
  • Internal injuries: Blunt force trauma from a collision can cause damage to internal organs, such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys, leading to internal bleeding or organ failure.
  • Emotional trauma: In addition to physical injuries, individuals involved in distracted driving accidents may experience emotional trauma, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other psychological disorders.
  • Wrongful death: In the most severe cases, distracted driving accidents can result in fatalities, leaving families and communities devastated by the loss.

It's important to note that many of these injuries can have long-term consequences, affecting a person's quality of life, ability to work, and overall health.

How can your Springfield attorneys help with my distracted driving claim?

Here's how our Springfield, IL distracted driving accident attorneys can potentially assist with your claim:

  • Evidence gathering:Proving the other driver was distracted can be challenging. We know how to collect evidence like police reports, witness statements, and even cellphone data (with a court order) to strengthen your case.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies:Insurance companies might try to minimize your compensation. We can negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive a fair settlement that covers medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Court representation:If negotiations fail, we can represent you in court and argue your case before a judge.

Overall, our Springfield car accident attorneys can guide you through the legal process, fight for the compensation you deserve, and take the burden off your shoulders so you can focus on recovery.

What is the value of my Springfield distracted driving accident claim?

The worth of your case depends on several factors, including:

  • Severity of your injuries:More serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and affect your ability to work and lead your life will lead to a higher settlement.
  • Medical expenses:We take into account all your medical bills related to the accident, including hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and medication.
  • Lost wages:If you missed work due to your injuries, compensation for lost income and reduced earning capacity can be included.
  • Property damage:The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle is also factored in.
  • Pain and suffering:This considers emotional distress, physical discomfort, and any long-term effects from the accident.

We take all of this into consideration when determining the value of your claim. Remember, every case is unique and no two claims are alike. We can help you demand fair and proper compensation for your injuries and losses.

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Call our Springfield, IL distracted driving accident lawyers today

If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a distracted driving accident, Glisson Law can help you take action. Our Springfield distracted driving attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. By holding negligent drivers accountable, you not only seek justice for yourself but also contribute to making our roads safer for everyone. Don't wait—reach out to our team today and start moving forward. Call or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.