A driver was on social media when he hit another Illinois driver. According to Patch.com, Bryce McDade-Peters did not see the truck stopped in front of him and slammed into the vehicle. McDade-Peters’ car then flipped over after rear-ending the truck.
Camera shows his vehicle did not slow down
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on March 4 at the intersection of 135th Street and Ridgeland Avenue in Palos Heights, Illinois. A traffic camera captured McDade-Peter’s car speeding toward the truck with no attempt to slow down before the impact.
Driver was texting on Snapchat
Deputy Chief Bill Czajkowski stated McDade-Peters was texting someone on Snapchat when he crashed into the truck. He was also under the influence when the accident occurred. Czajkowski stated this is another example of the dangers of distracted driving, particularly when a driver is also under the influence.
He faces multiple charges
McDade Peters received minor injuries, but the driver of the truck was not injured. He has been charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, using a cellphone while driving and driving under the influence. McDade-Peters may face additional charges once the toxicology reports come back.
Texting and driving is banned in Illinois
Illinois banned the use of handheld electronic communication devices for drivers. Drivers can only use a cellphone in a hands-free mode. Drivers can receive a ticket for using their phone while driving. Driving under the influence is viewed even more harshly. Those accused of DUI face more serious penalties, particularly if the driver is involved in an accident.
If you were injured in an accident with a distracted or drunk driver, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. A negligent driver may be responsible for your lost pay, medical costs and your pain and suffering. However, insurance companies may try to underpay on your claim. If you were offered less than what you need to pay your bills, you may want to explore your legal options.