Why Distracted Driving Can Lead to Serious Car Accident Injuries

Web Admin - Friday, July 19, 2019
Buffalo Grove car accident attorney distracted drivingThe risk of getting in a car accident is something that affects everyone who uses the roads throughout the United States, and because of the potential for serious injuries or death, it is important for everyone to drive carefully and follow the laws. Unfortunately, distracted driving is one way in which many people threaten the safety of others, and this practice is alarmingly common and dangerous.

The Dangers of Multi-Tasking While Driving

Driving a car or truck is a common, everyday activity for most people. Adults who have spent a large amount of time behind the wheel may slip into “autopilot” and stop paying close attention to what is happening on the road around them. This problem is compounded if they attempt to do other tasks while driving, such as making a phone call, reading or sending a text message, looking up information on a smartphone, checking a navigational system, changing stations on the radio, adjusting climate controls, eating or drinking, or talking to passengers. 

While people may believe that they can safely “multi-task” and divide their attention between driving and other activities, this can be incredibly dangerous. Any distractions can cause a driver to miss important signals that could help them avoid danger. Multi-tasking while driving is dangerous for the following reasons:

- Performing two activities that require thinking greatly increases a person’s reaction time. For example, if a person is talking on the phone while driving, a significant part of their brain is focused on the conversation rather than on the road. The time it takes for the brain to switch between talking and reacting to sensory input will result in an increased reaction time. Even a difference of a split second can cause a driver to be unable to react in time to avoid colliding with another vehicle or a pedestrian.
- Talking on a mobile phone reduces a driver’s field of perception. Studies have shown that when a person is speaking, even if they are using a hands-free device, their visual field is reduced by up to 50%. This could result in them not seeing pedestrians, traffic lights, or obstacles on the road.
- Even if a driver only uses a cell phone or other electronic device while they are stopped at a red light, this still can cause dangerous distractions. Studies have shown that when someone sends a text, this causes them to be distracted for up to 27 seconds after doing so. By this time, the light may have changed, and other vehicles or pedestrians around the vehicle may have begun moving. Mental distractions that occur while navigating an intersection can lead to serious injuries.

Contact a Des Plaines Car Accident Lawyer

Even though the dangers of talking on a phone or texting while driving are well-known, many people continue to risk the safety of those on the road around them. If you or a member of your family have been injured by a distracted driver, contact our Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney today by calling 847-934-6000 to schedule a free consultation.

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.


Distracted Driving Leads to Increased Risk of Car Accidents

Web Admin - Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Arlington Heights distracted driving accident lawyerThe dangers of distracted driving are well-known in the United States, but even though many states have passed laws against texting or using a cell phone while driving, people across the country continue to put themselves and others at risk. The statistics are sobering; in 2016, 3,450 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving, making a total of 9.2% of all car crash fatalities. Every day, at least eight people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in these types of accidents. Yet despite the obvious danger of distracted driving, studies have shown that approximately 660,000 people use cell phones or electronic devices while driving on a daily basis.

The Risks of Distracted Driving

Modern cell phones are powerful computers that provide their users with the ability to easily look up information and communicate with others, and the ease of using these devices makes it tempting for people to do so while they are behind the wheel. While some people may believe that they are able to multitask and use a cell phone or complete other activities while driving, these types of distractions cause extreme danger to everyone who uses the road.

Use of electronic devices while driving is especially dangerous because it causes three separate types of distractions:

  1. 1. Visual distractions, in which drivers take their eyes off the road and are not aware of what is happening around their car.
  2. 2. Manual distractions, in which drivers take their hands off the steering wheel and are not in full control of their vehicle.
  3. 3. Cognitive distractions, in which drivers take their attention off their surroundings and are unable to quickly react to changing traffic conditions or hazards.

If a driver is traveling at 55 miles per hour, and they take their attention off the road for five seconds to read or send a text message, this is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with their eyes closed. 

Keeping one’s full attention on the road is incredibly important, but many drivers fail to do so. Distracted driving extends beyond the use of electronic devices; many drivers are distracted by adjusting their radio or environmental controls, eating and drinking, grooming, or communicating with passengers.

Contact a Schaumburg Distracted Driving Car Accident Attorney

Drivers who use cell phones or otherwise take their attention off the road while driving put themselves and everyone around them in danger. If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident that was caused by distracted driving, the skilled attorneys of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC can help you recover the compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered. Contact our Barrington personal injury attorneys today at 847-934-6000 to schedule a personalized consultation.

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.


Facebook Live is Causing Accidents and Reckless Driving Issues Throughout the Nation

Web Admin - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Just months after Snapchat received extreme scrutiny for their speed application, Facebook Live began to make headlines for its own connection to distracted driving accidents and reckless driving incidents. Learn more about the string of car crashes and dangerous incidents associated with the application, and how it could impact the pursuit of compensation for victims of distracted driving

Facebook Live and Distracted/Reckless Driving

Distracted driving is a serious problem in the United States. In fact, the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) determined that, at any given moment, some 660,000 drivers are somehow manipulating or using their phones while behind the wheel. Of course, many of them were using their devices long before Facebook Live became available. Still, the addition of livestream options only further tempts drivers to practice and engage in dangerous behaviors. 

For example, two girls were recently killed just moments after the driver went on Facebook Live. Another driver - a young man - miraculously survived a Livestream crash in which he showed himself weaving through traffic as he recklessly sped up to 116 miles per hour. Others have been caught and jailed for their behaviors - one girl allegedly driving intoxicated and using Periscope, another live streaming application, and three men who were allegedly driving and using Facebook Live to brag about a recent burglary. 

When Distracted Driving Causes Death or Injury to a Victim

While some might be willing to leave distracted drivers to their own devices, convinced they will eventually “pay” for their bad behavior, the truth is that it is not a victimless crime. In fact, distracted driving results in the death or injury of thousands of drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists each year. What is even worse is that many victims may never know that distracted driving was the cause of their injuries or the death of a loved one. This is because social media and cellular phone records are not always investigated after a crash. There is a way to find out, however. An experienced attorney can ensure a full investigation is done, and they can help victims pursue fair compensation for their losses. 

If you or someone you love has been injured or wrongfully killed in a crash, contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC for assistance. Skilled and experienced, our Des Plaines personal injury lawyers will fight to protect your rights and will always pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Call 847-934-6000 to schedule your consultation with us today.

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.


Recent Posts


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