There are many reasons why Illinois drivers still text and drive

In a recent survey, it was discovered that many drivers continue to text and drive, despite recognizing that it is dangerous.

Many drivers in Illinois recognize that texting and driving is dangerous. According to a recent survey released by AT&T, 98 percent of the participants reported that they knew texting and driving has the potential to cause motor vehicle accidents. However, three-quarters of the participants said that they still participate in this hazardous activity anyway.

There were many reasons cited by the participants relating to why they still text and drive. For example, 28 percent reported that they worry that they will miss out on something important if they don't check their phone right away. Additionally, more than a quarter of the respondents said that they believe that their driving performance is not affected when they text. Some of the other reasons mentioned by the participants as to why they still text and drive included an addiction to texting and a desire to stay connected with others.

Texting isn't the only dangerous form of distraction

Although many accident victims are created every day in collisions caused by texting drivers, this activity is not the only dangerous form of distracted driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines distracted driving as any activity that takes a driver's focus away from the road. There are also three separate types of driver distraction, which include:

  • Cognitive - drivers become cognitively distracted when they think intently about something other than driving. For instance, a driver can become cognitively distracted when he or she focuses on what needs to be done at the office during his or her commute.
  • Manual - this form of distraction occurs when drivers take their hands off of the steering wheel. For example, a driver who reaches for his or her cellphone on the back seat of a vehicle is manually distracted.
  • Visual - drivers who take their eyes away from the road when they operate a vehicle are visually distracted. For instance, a driver who looks at his or her GPS device is visually distracted.

However, texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of driver distraction because it combines cognitive, manual and visual distraction.

Distracted driving laws in Illinois

To prevent the number of people who are injured or killed in distracted driving-related accidents, Illinois has enacted several laws related to cellphone use. According to Distraction.gov, bus drivers and novice drivers in the state are prohibited from using handheld or hands-free devices. Additionally, it is illegal for all drivers to text behind the wheel or use their cellphone in a school zone or in a highway construction zone.

Despite the existence of these laws, many Illinois drivers, passengers and pedestrians continue to be injured in accidents involving distraction. If you sustained injuries in a collision, speak with an attorney in your area to determine what legal steps you should take next.

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