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Illinois Passes New Texting While Driving Law

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2018 | Illinois Laws

On August 14, 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new law that changed texting-while-driving citations to moving violations, even if the driver is a first-time offender. This change will go into effect on July 1, 2019. Currently, first-time offenders would only receive a non-moving violation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is six times more dangerous than drunk driving. Additionally, a 2017 study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics revealed that nearly 1 in 4 drivers involved in a crash were on their phones right before impact.

With cell phones becoming more integrated with everyday life, distracted driving has increased dramatically. If you were injured in a car crash, it is important to have an experienced and aggressive attorney protecting you and preserving as much evidence as possible. Your attorney may be able to recover cell phone records and data to determine if the at-fault driver was on a cell phone at the time of the crash. This evidence will help strengthen your claim against the insurance company, making it more likely for the insurance company to accept responsibility for the crash.

With over a combined forty years of experience in protecting the rights of personal injury victims, Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to handle all types of car, motorcycle, and truck crash cases in the Chicagoland area. Contact the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid today for more information.