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Chicago accident attorney to help victims injured by texting driver

Illinois car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes signed on to represent a father and son that were injured by a distracted driver in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The crash occurred on Illinois Route 173 in the area of Grimm Road in Antioch, Illinois in April, 2011.

The plaintiffs were traveling eastbound on 173 when a westbound driver crossed the center line and hit them. After the accident, the at fault driver admitted that just prior to impact she was sending a text. She then looked up, saw the traffic had stopped, and swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid striking the vehicle in front of her.

The Antioch Police Department responded to the accident site. After interviewing the parties involved, police issued the defendant several moving violations.

The plaintiffs were taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The father had sustained abdominal bruising, neck, hip and bilateral knee injuries in the crash. His son sustained bruising, muscle spasms and was generally sore all over.

Since the accident, the father has had to undergo further treatment with a physician in Northern Illinois, and his son has had appointments at a children’s medical center.

As Chicago personal injury lawyers from our office recently reported, distracted driving continues to be a significant danger on Illinois roads.

-Approximately 20% of all injury related auto accidents nationwide were caused by distracted driving in the year 2009.

-According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 5500 people were killed and 448,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2009.

-Around 18% of distracted driving accidents causing death involved the use of cell phones at the time of the incident.

-Motorists are four times more likely to be involved in a serious injury accident when using a hand-held device at the wheel.

-Using a cell phone while driving arguably gives you the same reaction time as a legally drunk driver.

-Drivers under the age of 20 are most likely to drive while distracted. Approximately 16% of these young drivers who were involved in fatal accidents were distracted at the time.

Contact the car crash lawyers at Abels & Annes if you’ve been injured by a distracted driver in the Chicago area. Call us at 312-924-7575 for free consultation.