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Chicago Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

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Attorneys for Car Accidents Caused by Texting, Cell Phones and Other Distractions in Cook County, Kenwood, and Garfield Park

Driving is an inherently dangerous activity since vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds and travel at high speeds can cause serious harm in car accidents. To ensure that they are protecting the safety of themselves and everyone else on the road, drivers should always take the proper care to drive safely, which includes paying close attention to the road, other vehicles, traffic signals, and anything else that could affect them while they are behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to do so, and they may succumb to a variety of distractions that may cause them to be unable to avoid a collision.

If you have been injured in a car crash involving a distracted driver, the lawyers of Karchmar & Lambert, P.C. can help you understand your options for pursuing financial compensation for the damages you have suffered. Since our firm was established in 2002, we have successfully represented numerous clients and obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. During your case, we will gather evidence to show that a distracted driver was responsible for your injuries, and we will fight to make sure you receive compensation that fully addresses your damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Common Causes of Distracted Driving

Drivers may experience multiple different types of distractions, including visual distractions that cause them to look away from the road, manual distractions that cause them to use their hands for non-driving purposes, and cognitive distractions in which they pay attention to something other than the act of driving. Some of the most dangerous distractions involve using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. Making phone calls, texting while driving, checking emails or social media, or watching videos all involve visual, manual, and cognitive distractions, greatly increasing the likelihood that a driver will fail to notice what is happening on the road around them and be unable to avoid colliding with other vehicles, pedestrians, or obstacles.

There are a wide variety of other types of distractions that can affect drivers, including:

  • Eating, drinking, applying makeup, or grooming while driving
  • Adjusting a car's radio, heat controls, or air conditioning
  • Looking up directions on a GPS navigation device
  • Reaching for objects on the seats or floor of a vehicle
  • Daydreaming
  • Looking at objects outside a vehicle, such as billboards, buildings, pedestrians, or people in other vehicles
  • Conversations with passengers in the vehicle
  • Turning around to attend to the needs of children in the back seat
  • Reading a book, magazine, or newspaper
  • Writing notes

Drivers need to be able to react quickly to what is happening around them, and distractions can make it impossible to do so. For example, a driver who looks away from the road to check their cell phone may not notice that a vehicle in front of them has slowed down or stopped until it is too late, leading to a rear-end collision. Distracted driving can be especially dangerous when vehicles are traveling at high speeds, such as on one of Chicago's interstate freeways. A driver who is not paying full attention to the road may become aware of an obstacle in their path, causing them to swerve suddenly, which may lead to rollover accidents or other dangerous collisions.

Contact Our Gresham Distracted Driver Accident Attorneys

At Karchmar & Lambert, P.C., our attorneys can help you show that a distracted driver is liable for a car crash by obtaining evidence such as cell phone records, witness statements, and security camera footage. We will work to ensure that a negligent driver is held responsible for a collision and that you will have the financial resources you need to recover from your injuries. Contact our office and set up a free consultation by calling 312-977-1300. We assist with distracted driving crashes and other types of collisions in Chicago, Cook County, and the surrounding suburbs, including the neighborhoods of Englewood, Ashburn, Gresham, Kenwood, Garfield Park, Pullman, Chatham, South Shore, Bronzeville, and Austin.

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