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Texting and driving dangers in Illinois

The news is full of stories about accidents caused by people who text and drive, some of them fatal. Unfortunately, despite the dangers, many people, and especially many young people, continue to engage in such activity while they are driving. When teens and adults text and drive, they not only endanger themselves, they also endanger others on the roads around them.

Texting and driving is a national problem that has been ongoing for several years. In 2010, for example, 18 percent of all fatal car collision were caused by distracted driving. Of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 who caused injury accidents, 11 percent admitted they were texting and driving at the time of the collision.

Parents need to be aware of the dangers and take steps to prevent their children from engaging in such dangerous behavior. In order to help prevent potential car crashes caused by texting and driving, parents need to talk to their teens about the issue. Parents should clearly and firmly tell their teens that using their cell phones while driving is strictly prohibited. In order to be good role models, parents should also refrain from texting and driving while they are driving as well.

Unfortunately, many people are seriously injured or killed in accidents caused by a distracted driver. When a driver causes a car accident because he or she was texting and driving, the driver may be held to be civilly liable to the victims or families of those killed because of their negligence. Some damages that might be collected in such a case may include medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: Federal Communications Commission , "The Dangers of Texting While Driving", November 14, 2014

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