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.

Boating Safety Laws in Illinois

Web Admin - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

illinois boating accident lawyerOne of the most common summer activities around Illinois is boating. It is a great way for people to get out and enjoy the water and the good weather. However, boating is also a dangerous activity if people do not do it with the proper care. 

Consequently, Illinois has a variety of boating safety laws in place to help ensure that everyone can safely take advantage of the summer weather while it lasts. These laws were recently updated following the death of a 10-year-old boy in an alleged drunk boating accident. The new laws include further restrictions and increased penalties on operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol, special signaling requirements for safety and visibility, and boating licenses for younger operators.

Boating and Alcohol

One of the most common causes of boating fatalities is the improper use of alcohol while boating. Just like driving a car, operating a boat while intoxicated increases the risk of death or serious injury while on the water. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, despite alcohol being involved in approximately one in six boating accidents overall, it has been a factor in one-third of the boating deaths this year.

Boaters should keep in mind that the legal limit for operating a boat or personal watercraft is the same as it is for driving a car: 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. The penalties for such violations can be severe, including thousands of dollars in fines and up to 14 years in prison if the impaired boat operation results in a person's death. Additionally, if a person is convicted of three DUIs, then the state may take their boat from them as part of the penalty. Boating DUIs can also affect a person's ability legally to drive their car since courts may punish intoxicated boaters by suspending their driver's licenses.

Signaling and License Requirements

The updated laws also have new requirements as far as signaling and licensing requirements are concerned. Now, any boat that is pulling someone behind it in a tube or on water skis must display a bright orange flag from the highest point on the boat. The flag must be at least a one-foot square, and it must stay out the entire time that the boat pulls the person. The law also added a new license requirement for boat operators between the ages of 12 and 17. Starting in 2016, minor operators must complete a boating safety course before they can operate a motorboat.  

If you have recently been involved in a boating accident caused by the negligence of others, contact an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney today. Our skilled team of lawyers represents clients in many northwest suburban towns like Rolling Meadows, Barrington, 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


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