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Distracted driving gets more attention in Illinois

The most common victims of motor vehicle accidents are people on the road who are also driving. But in Illinois, where many streets and roads bring cars and trucks near bicyclists and pedestrians, that is certainly no guarantee. Motor vehicles are only as safe as the people driving them, and the safest drivers are the focused ones.

The development of smartphones and other convenient technologies give drivers a lot to look at that isn't the road. Texting, phone calls and checking social media are now activities along with putting on makeup and changing clothes as unlikely but common and problematic activities for drivers.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Illinois law enforcement is seizing the opportunity to draw attention to the problems. More than 3,000 people died in car accidents involving distracted driving last year, and countless more were injured because the connection may be underreported in the official data.

"Every day, you can look out your car window and see a distracted driver using their cellphone," said a top law enforcement official in Lake County. "There is a direct correlation between driving distracted and being involved in a traffic crash." Several agencies in the Prairie State are stepping up efforts to stop distracted drivers with increased enforcement.

People injured by others in motor vehicle accidents, commercial properties and other places may be eligible for financial damages that can help individuals and their families recover from unexpected injuries. An attorney can help review the facts of a case involving injury and prepare a case for civil court, mediation or settlement.

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