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What to do if you're hit by a texting teen

You were at an intersection waiting at a red light when you first noticed the driver next to you using a cellphone. You thought the teenager was likely texting, since his eyes rarely came up to check the road in front of him. You were stopped, so you didn't think much of it. There was time for him to put down the phone and drive safely.

You started forward after the green light, and you temporarily put the texting teen out of your mind. That didn't last for long, though. As you started to slow for the next red light, his vehicle hit yours from behind at full speed.

Texting is a hazard to everyone on the roads

With up to nine people killed each day as a result of dangerous and distracted drivers, it's important that drivers are held accountable when they cause crashes. They may be visually distracted by looking at a text or cognitively distracted, thinking about things other than paying attention to the road.

Distracted driving is particularly dangerous for people who text. Texting takes your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road. Even though it takes only a few moments to send or read a text, that's all it takes for a serious crash to occur. Illinois now bans texting while driving, so if you're hit by a teen who is texting, he or she may face not only a claim against his or her insurance but also criminal charges.

It's important to hold offending drivers accountable. But victims of texting drivers can face months of recovery, staggering medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you have been in an accident caused by a texting driver, you may be able to obtain compensation. Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as woon as possible.

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