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What Laws Apply to Distracted Driving and How Well Do They Work?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Distracted driving is a common cause of auto accidents. Distracted driving frequently involves the use of cell phones to talk, email, or text, but it can also include activities such as eating, drinking, grooming, and talking to other passengers.

In Illinois, the following distracted driving laws apply:

  • All motorists are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones while driving in school zones or highway construction zones.
  • Drivers 18 years of age and under are prohibited from using cell phones (hand-held and hands-free) while driving.
  • All motorists are prohibited from texting while driving anywhere in the state.
  • All motorists are prohibited from using a cell phone and taking photos or videos on a wireless device within 500 feet of an emergency scene.
  • Bus drivers are prohibited from using any cell phone (hand-held or hands-free) while driving.

The Illinois House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would make it illegal for all motorists to talk on a hand-held cell phone anywhere in the state. Moreover, several cities, including Chicago, Highland Park, Winnetka, Evanston and Deerfield, prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Despite distracted driving laws and bans on cell phone use, many drivers continue to use cell phones while driving. In fact, some have questioned whether distracted driving laws actually work to prevent auto accidents.

According to Public Health Law Research (PHLR), up to 28% of traffic collision risk is caused by cell phone-related distracted driving, and distracted driving is increasing despite state laws prohibiting cell phone use and texting while driving. In November 2012, PHLR received funding to conduct a study to examine distracted driving laws and identify effective legal strategies for improving implementation and enforcement of such laws so that auto accidents are reduced.

Drivers are reminded that even when a hands-free cell phone is used while driving, talking on a cell phone distracts a driver and can lead to accidents caused by inattentive driving. At Ankin Law Office, LLC our skilled Illinois auto accident attorneys have vast legal knowledge regarding auto accident lawsuits, combined with considerable experience representing clients in distracted driving lawsuits, which allows us to effectively advocate on behalf of our clients.

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by distracted driving, contact one of our Chicago car accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you seek financial recovery through a personal injury lawsuit.

Categories: Auto Accidents