Many Millennials have never known a time when they didn’t have their phones next to them while they were driving. They may even feel like they can drive perfectly safely while simultaneously texting — regardless of whether it’s illegal or not.
Unfortunately, as these young adults become parents, many continue their dangerous habit of texting and performing other tasks on their phones while driving. One survey by Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that most parents of all ages admitted to texting as well as using email and social media apps while driving. However, the practice was more common — or at least more commonly acknowledged — among Millennials than among older parents. As one doctor involved with the study says, “People know it’s unsafe but they’ve gotten away with it so they do it….”
The fact that these parents know what they’re doing is dangerous is evidenced by the fact that two-thirds of the 435 parents surveyed said they were less likely to use their phones when their children were in the car.
Illinois’ texting and driving laws are about to get stricter. Beginning in July, if you’re caught texting on your phone behind the wheel, it won’t just mean a ticket. It will be considered a moving violation that could lead to a suspension of your driver’s license if you accumulate two more violations within a year.
Unfortunately, the threat of harsher penalties won’t get some people to turn off and put away their phones while they’re driving. Police can determine whether a driver was using their phone in the moments before a crash. Therefore, if you’re injured in a crash caused by a driver who was distracted by their phone, that evidence may be helpful in seeking compensation from the driver and/or their insurance company to help cover your expenses and damages. An experienced attorney can provide assistance and guidance.