Hundreds of people in Illinois are injured annually by drivers who are paying more attention to their cellphones than the road. On Jan. 1, 2014, a new state law went into effect. The law bans the use of handheld devices when behind the wheel. The hope is that this law will reduce the number of texting and cellphone-related accidents, but we know people will disregard the law and continue to endanger others.
At Strom & Associates, we have decades of experience handling motor vehicle accidents and injury claims. Our Chicago texting and driving accident attorneys know how to deal with insurance companies and gather evidence from chaotic crash scenes. We are experienced trial lawyers who have achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients over the years.
Illinois has joined a growing number of states in banning cellphone use while driving. As of Jan. 1, 2014, motorists cannot use handheld devices while driving. However, hands-free devices (Bluetooth, earpieces, speakerphones) are still allowed. The ban is much like the ban that has existed in Chicago for the past few years, but with one big difference: using a handheld device is now a moving violation, which means an offender’s driver’s license will be suspended after three violations in a one-year period.
Drivers will be fined $75 for a first offense, and the fine increases by $25 for each subsequent violation.
Gathering evidence is key in any car crash case. Our attorneys frequently obtain cellphone records as part of the evidence-gathering. If the records show that the at-fault driver was on the phone at the time of crash or sent a text just prior to the crash, that can be valuable information that strengthens any personal injury claim.
The public increasingly views texting while driving and cellphone use as dangerous and irresponsible. Insurance companies are well aware of that. When this kind of evidence is discovered, insurers may be more willing to settle the case out of court for a fair amount, rather than risk letting the case be decided by a jury.
From our office in Chicago, we serve clients throughout Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin. We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees to us unless we recover compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at our firm, call 312-423-1571 or toll free at 866-371-7511. You may also contact us by email.
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