The Dangers of Hands Free Cell Phone Use While Driving

Web Admin - Friday, November 28, 2014

hands free device danger, Illinois personal injury lawyerEveryone knows they should avoid texting and driving. Focusing on a smartphone screen rather than the road is a recipe for disaster, and may lead to serious accidents. This common sense principle has led Illinois to pass a law forcing drivers to only use hands free devices when they are driving. However, even though hands free cell phone use lets people keep their eyes on the road, it still does not entirely remove the distraction of speaking on the phone. Additionally, the use of hands free technology may also bring a curious piece of human psychology known as the Peltzman effect into play.

Hands Free Device Statistics

Hands free driving seems like it should make people safer, but some studies show it may actually pose even more risks. Either way, the statistics show that it can still be dangerous. For instance, even though only nine percent of drivers are using phones at any given time, these drivers are involved in 26 percent of all crashes. This is because 90 percent of crashes involve driver error rather than the environment or mechanical failures.

A lot of the problems caused by phones are a function of how the brain processes information. Although many people believe they are capable of multitasking, that is actually an illusion. The brain cannot actually perform multiple tasks at one time. Instead, the brain switches rapidly back and forth between the two tasks, but it does not do it perfectly. This means that the brain's visual processing can be reduced by up to 33 percent while on the phone. This can lead to people missing half of everything going on around them while they talk. However, that failure to multitask is not the only human mental quirk that affects this scenario.

The Peltzman Effect

People using hands free technology may also be falling victim to what economists refer to as the Peltzman effect. The Peltzman effect, which was originally identified by its namesake in the 70s, relates to the fact that people generally have a reasonably constant amount of risk they are willing to take. This can result in regulations that are designed to keep people safe actually having a diminished effect because people are then more willing to take other risks. For instance, people may feel safer when using hands free technology, so they may be more willing to drive faster or pay less attention to the road. Importantly, economists still debate how much extra risk the Peltzman effect actually encourages people to take. Although numerous studies have found evidence of its existence, the magnitude of its impact varies greatly between each study.

Distracted driving is dangerous, regardless of the distraction. If you have recently been injured by the carelessness of a distracted driver, contact a Crystal Lake personal injury attorney today. Our firm helps injured victims across the northwest suburbs in towns like Palatine, Schaumburg, Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Barrington.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Using Rumble Strips to Prevent Crossover Accidents

Web Admin - Thursday, September 25, 2014

rumble strips safety, Deer Park traffic accident lawyerIt is a common experience for drivers heading home, especially late at night, only to veer slightly out of the lane and be jolted awake by the rumble strips guarding the center of the road. These concrete ridges, originally invented in Illinois in the 1950s, serve a valuable purpose in preventing crossover accidents. Crossover accidents are some of the most dangerous types of traffic accidents and they occur when drivers, either careless or distracted, swerve out of their lane and into oncoming traffic, resulting in a powerful, head-on collision with another car.

What Crossover Accidents Are

Crossover accidents occur when a car leaves its lane, crossing over the median and into traffic heading the other direction, resulting in a front-end collision. The physics behind these sorts of crashes makes them some of the deadliest types of accidents. The issue is one of speed. In a single car crash or even a crash into the side of another car, most of the accident's force comes from the one car's forward motion. This is not true in crossover accidents because the two cars are heading in opposite directions, so their forces both contribute to the accident. By way of example, two cars colliding in a crossover accident, each traveling 60 miles per hour, would have the same force as a single car crashing into a wall at 120 miles per hour. These sorts of violent collisions can lead to all sorts of severe injuries including whiplash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and in many cases, even death.

How Rumble Strips Help

Rumble strips can be instrumental in preventing these sorts of accidents. They function as an early warning system, alerting drivers to the fact that they are leaving their lane and are about to veer dangerously into oncoming traffic. In fact, a study from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the University of Kansas reports that these sorts of safety device can reduce crossover accidents by as much as 21 percent.

There may be some circumstances in which the absence of these sorts of rumble strips can give rise to a claim against the municipality for failing to properly design or maintain the road. Although such claims are difficult to bring, there are scenarios in which a poorly designed road, such as one lacking in centerline rumble strips, could lead to a traffic accident for which the victims would have a right to recover.

If you or one of your loved ones has recently been injured in a crossover accident or some other type of crash, contact an experienced Illinois traffic accident attorney today. Our firm's team of dedicated professionals protects the rights of clients in towns across the northwest suburbs, including in Deer Park, Arlington Heights, and Crystal Lake.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Recent Posts


Illinois will lawyer Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney spinal cord injury homestead rights IRS Crystal Lake car accident lawyer comparative negligence Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Inverness estate planning lawyer dram shop law Palatine civil litigation lawyer real estate attorney foreclosure medical research Deer Park traffic accident attorney Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer premises liability digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers privacy laws Fair Labor Standards Act Riverwoods estate planning lawyer probate process personal injury attorney appealing an insurance claim automated cars taxes Illinois traffic attorney financial advisors Do Not Resuscitate insurance agent negligence probate claims process Crystal Lake accident attorney Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Illinois workers compensation attorney Rolling Meadows insurance attorney power of attorney new real estate form landlord disability benefits Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney consent to a search low-ball insurance settlement Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Joliet general practice lawyers Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Illinois workers compensation lawyer South Barrington real estate attorney insurance agents icy parking lots Des Plaines personal injury attorney Retaliatory Discharge Buffalo Grove injury lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer severance agreements college kids work unions Arlington Heights employment law attorneys real estate Jay Andrew drunk driving loss of consortium Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Illinois employment law firm manufacturing ACA institutional trustee Illinois real estate Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Des Plaines pet law attorney wrongful death Des Plaines real estate attorney Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer owner responsibility Fourth of July estate planning trusts Crystal Lake employment lawyer estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Chicago car accident lawyer DGAA real estate attorneys Kenilworth estate planning attorney Chicago will attorney Long Grove real estate attorney Illinois medical malpractice claim truck collisions filing a medical malpractice claim small business crossover accidents Barrington litigation attorney federal crimes wills and trusts Arlington Heights real estate lawyer living trust benefits investment property fault based insurance operating agreements workers compensation rest breaks startup company field sobriety test Arlington Heights estate planning attorney sexual images insurance dispute attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. Barrington personal injury lawyer drug crimes lawyer Barrington boating accident attorney attorney fees Illinois real estate lawyer Class A misdemeanor Chicago estate planning lawyer civil rights violation workplace sexual harassment Crystal Lake will lawyer car crash Des Plaines personal injury lawyer auto accidents suspended license Illinois home inspection sexual harassment School Visitation Rights Act Thanksgiving denied insurance claim Crystal Lake personal injury attorney comp time Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer ObamaCare trustee wills criminal defense Detainer Actions Crystal Lake employment attorney vacation home Illinois wills and trusts Illinois LLC creation probate claims Kenilworth estate planning lawyer installment contracts caretaker rights Chicago lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act medical marijuana personal injury Legal Info Schaumburg traffic lawyer motorcycle accident lawyer BAC child safety compensatory time Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Barrington Traffic Lawyer unpaid assessment Illinois Human Rights Act Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyer employee rights Schaumburg probate attorney Palatine workers compensation lawyer real estate contract Barrington employment law firm Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Rolling Meadows pedestrian accidents LLCs employment lawyer Illinois lawyer Rolling Meadows accident lawyer business litigation Schaumburg criminal law attorney landlord tenant law creditors drunk driving statistics driving underinsured motorist Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission healthcare claims defective products lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyers Chicago employment attorney Super Mario Palatine corporate law attorneys elder abuse Chicago attorney Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Rolling Meadows employment attorney Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Colin H. Gilbert dog bites Inverness injury lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Des Plaines civil attorney Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers job lawyers Palatine traffic lawyer probate lawyer Illinois insurance claim dispute attorney natural gas Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Palatine punch death unauthorized overtime employee misclassification Schaumburg estate planning lawyer liens employee discrimination trauma after an accident boating under the influence medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Barrington workers compensation attorney estate attorney license reinstatement deadly crashes distracted driving accident victims Illinois Smoke Detector Act federal regulations for LLCs Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Inverness accident lawyer Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Barrington drug crime attorney personal injury claims trucking accidents Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Illinois personal injury real estate leasing estate tax Illinois tax attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney DUI penalities Des Plaines insurance attorney Schaumburg wrongful death attorney personal injury accidents Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Des Plaines DUI attorney speeding Des Plaines collections attorney Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Barrington injury attorney Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer rumble strips Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer life insurance policy Kenilworth estate planning attorneys wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Illinois insurance attorney Chicago insurance law firm Home Sale Contingencies GM ignition switches minimum wage Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Illinois estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Palatine employment attorney no contest clauses traffic deaths insurance denial appeals Mt Prospect Attorney anesthesia errors Palatine insurance lawyer probate insurance disputes Inverness DUI lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute breathalyzer test BUI Schaumburg corporate attorney employment attorney criminal record car accident lawyer Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Illinois trusts attorney boating DUI DNR Schaumburg Inverness insurance attorney Mount Prospect elder law attorney hit and run accident boating accidents Arlington Heights accident attorney sole proprietorship Schaumburg Attorney insurance attorney Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, condo condo association FSLA Landlord Tenant Ordinance license blood alcohol content Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer cell phone Des Plaines Deer Park traffic lawyer motorcycle accident Crystal Lake business law attorneys Palatine drug lawyer revenge porn Transfer on Death Instrument Schaumburg insurance lawyers Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers social media after death trust payments unfunded trust nursing home negligence Arlington Heights traffic attorney civil litigation attorney Crystal Lake injury attorney IRA benefits Illinois job attorney Schaumburg employment law attorneys slip and fall Inverness elder law lawyer accidental death benefits Illinois boating accident lawyer commercial real estate Illinois red light cameras Palatine elder law attorney Palatine employment law lawyer digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Illinois insurance claim attorney modern family estate planning trusts Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights TBI attorney Illinois personal injury attorney hands free device Forcible Entry privacy traffic violations marijuana crimes attorney health insurance dispute fiduciary rule swimming pools Arlington Heights trucking lawyer dynasty trusts clemency Schaumburg estate planning attorney real estate zoning commercial leasing controlled substance DUI attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Crystal Lake employment law attorney first degree murder traumatic brain injuries Deer Park accident attorney Des Plaines injury law firm personal injury claim head on collisions Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Illinois insurance lawyer Illinois driving without license internet whistleblower protections Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Chicago employment lawyer car crash injuries insurance dispute South Barrington real estate lawyer Chicago insurance claim attorneys surgical mistakes Illinois construction accident attorney corporate law brain injury Inverness personal injury attorney digital information subcontractor fatal car accidents foreclosed rental property medical malpractice compensation Schaumburg criminal attorney pay when paid contract Illinois law rent to own real estate contracts Illinois defective products attorney rollover car crashes Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney pet bites Inverness real estate lawyer Crystal Lake pet attorney guardianship attorney Illinois insurance disputes personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Palatine employment lawyer Illinois corporate lawyer Crystal Lake tax lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation denial of life insurance construction contracts drug crime Rolling Meadows probate lawyer PTSD pregnant women Inverness corporate attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys Barrington attorney pain and suffering life insurance claims Self-Directed IRA Accounts reckless homicide Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Illinois estate planning Chicago estate planning ken apicella workers compensation benefits traffic laws Des Plaines criminal attorney Exclusions Arlington Heights injury attorney texting while driving Illinois criminal defense attorney car accidents Schaumburg injury lawyer employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Palatine injury attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Inverness traffic law firm Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act IRA trust transfer underfunded trust Employment Discrimination Law Crystal Lake law firm changes to mortgage law Arlington Heights insurance attorney uninsured motorist estate planning for college students Mount Prospect real estate lawyer jet ski denied insurance claims Palatine criminal defense lawyer Des Plaines drug lawyer trucking accident lawyers Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer traffic crimes Illinois Probate Act of 1975 estate planning attorney criminal law vacation home fines liability tax attorney Illinois business law atorneys cell phone accidents overtime pay product liability wage theft jet ski accidents pet law Family Medical Leave Act Policy Cancellation Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer digital assets Schaumburg car accident attorney Des Plaines real estate lawyer Barrington personal injury attorney Inverness civil lawyer car accident unpaid overtime marijuana employment law medical malpractice Illinois rollover accident lawyers Palatine corporate attorney insurance claim denials eluding a police officer Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Des Plaines accident attorney Barrington estate planning lawyer bicycle dooring accidents Whistleblower Claims Illinois bicycle safety special needs trust Rolling Meadows business lawyer home inspection lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Barrington medical malpractice lawyers independent contractor murder insurance claims Palatine real estate lawyer estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Arlington Heights lawyer Illinois employment law Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer bicycle accidents Illinois small business overtime violations life insurance lawyer IRELA preventing accidents insurance claim denial Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Illinois employment lawyer caregiver civil litigation right to work Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Illinois employment law attorney traffic accidents pizza emoji car crashes license revocation Deer Park criminal attorney DUI defense blended families insurance claim dispute Barrington civil litigation attorney insurance claim liability claims murder charges estate plan Barrington employment attorney problem employees POA Affordable Care Act employment contract agent bad faith insurance claims estate planning Rolling Meadows real estate attorney insurance claim delay Chicago biking tips Barrington real estate lawyer Illinois car accident attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer hiring employees Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers residential real estate traffic offenses Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Des Plaines claims law firm distracted driving accidents Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Illinois living will living trust vs will Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Barrington criminal defense lawyer Buffalo Grove law firm Illinois speeding lawyer golf accidents Illinois wrongful termination lawyer insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys cell phone tower data pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality Schaumburg employment attorney personal injury lawyer traumatic brain injury meal breaks Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer real estate lawyer Inverness probate lawyer texting and driving income distribution deducation Liquor Control Act irrevocable trust Schaumburg elder law lawyer Illinois civil litigation lawyer Chicago trucking accident attorney DUI Illinois attorney expungement Illinois traffic accident lawyer fiduciary rule delay Palatine estate planning lawyer commercial leases Schaumburg personal injury attorney murder defense loopholes Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Illinois business lawyer life insurance rollover accidents preventable medical errors Illinois injury lawyer Illinois employment law attorneys Illinois employment attorneys Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Illinois employment laws insurance adjusters Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Illinois Sales Representative Act estate planning lawyer drug crimes slip and fall accidents Chicago traffic lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm paid sick leave Palatine civil attorney Chicago corporate attorney Illinois traffic attorneys CAM Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Colin Gilbert power of attorney for healthcare criminal Crystal Lake car accident attorney Illinois registered agent food poisoning Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Illinois collections attorney real estate closing personal injury law firm employees Arlington Heights personal injury attorney underage DUI gift taxes medical malpractice claims Illinois insurance claims lawyers Schaumburg estate attorney products liability pedestrian-automobile accident Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer deed transfer car accident lawyers senior citizens insurance denials Illinois elder law attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Inverness real estate attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorney capital gains tax breach of contract wrongful termination Barrington employment law attorney Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Palatine trusts lawyer dealing with problem employees bike accident Illinois pet lawyer back injuries mass shooting holiday statistics Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Crystal Lake traffic attorney Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Deer Park employment law attorney Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Palatine personal injury lawyer construction accidents Illinois DUI attorney Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Deer Park personal injury lawyer natural gas explosion Palatine probate lawyer traffic violations defense Arlington Heights Attorney Crystal Lake traffic lawyer living trust Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer involuntary manslaughter Rolling Meadows tax attorney Palatine law firm insurance negligence Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Arlington Heights employment attorney traffic tickets Barrington estate planning attorney mortgage contracts probate fees workers comp living wills llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Home Remodeling Repair Act Illinois workplace lawyer Arlington Heights tax lawyer trench injuries pedestrian accident defective products Illinois trucking safety license suspension FMLA car collision advance healthcare directive Long Grove estate planning attorney Deer Park DUI lawyer Palatine traffic accidents Illinois medical malpractice lawyers forming a corporation in Illinois Des Plaines tax law firm spinal cord injuries Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Long Grove real estate lawyer medication errors DMV Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Illinois estate planning law firm Illinois medical malpractice case Illinois mortgages Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Schaumburg real estate lawyer Palatine Attorney insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys healthcare in terrorem provision BAIID drug possession Palatine construction attorney elder law drugs Attorney Ken Apicella Barrington business law firm Barrington criminal lawyer Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Long Grove estate planning Palatine business attorney Illinois traffic laws Buffalo Grove probate lawyer TBI digital evidence Illinois medical malpractice attorney Illinois probate lawyer employment law, Illinois employment laws