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The Seeking Damages Series: Distracted Drivers

Published on November 23rd, 2020

According to the CDC, approximately 8 people are killed daily in the U.S. in car crashes involving a reported distracted driver. Over the course of a year, that’s over 2,000 people who will lose their lives for this reason. Many more distracted driving-related accidents will result in serious injuries and damage to property.

If you’ve been injured by another person’s distracted driving, it’s important to get in touch with an accident lawyer in Rockford as soon as possible. Passengers, other drivers, bicyclists, and even pedestrians have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against distracted drivers.

Defining ‘Distracted Driving’

Legally speaking, ‘distracted driving’ can include any activities which diverts your attention from the road. Any action which causes you to take your eyes off the road, your hands off the steering wheel, or your mind off the task of driving, can be considered a form of distracted driving. The three main types established include:

  • Visual distractions. This kind of distraction results in a driver taking their eyes off the road. This could include reading a text message, looking at a map, or focusing on the passengers in the car.
  • Manual distractions. Manual distractions include any activity which involves taking your hands off of the steering wheel. Examples of manual distractions include responding to a text message, eating a snack, or sifting around the glove box.
  • Cognitive distractions. If you become overly involved in a conversation with a passenger, are mentally planning the rest of your day, are overly worried, or become angry with another driver, there may be a case that you were distracted.

Upon learning the true definition of ‘distracted driving,’ many people are surprised to find the actions that can be considered are somewhat commonplace in everyday lives. While it may be impossible to prevent your thoughts from drifting to the day ahead while you commute, it’s imperative to take all precautions possible to ensure that your concentration is not broken.

The Right Time to File a Lawsuit Against a Distracted Driver

In Illinois, the statute of limitations is split between injuries and property damage. The State only gives injured parties a two-year window in which to file their lawsuit. Lawsuits that are based on property damage have a five-year window. It’s important to get in touch with an accident lawyer in Rockford right away in order to ensure that you are able to take advantage of all legal options available.

Our Accident Lawyers in Rockford

The American Law Firm is committed to helping our clients secure compensation for their injuries and damages done to their property. If you are wondering if you have a case worth pursuing in court, please reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.

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