A variety of different types of bad driving can harm victims on the roadways. Victims of negligent drivers are protected by personal injury legal protections and should know how to spot when they have been harmed by a negligent driver and what the legal protections are that may be available to them.
Distracted driving is a serious threat on roadways in Illinois and throughout the country. In Illinois, because of this danger, drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones while driving or texting while driving. Even with the use of a hands-free device, cell phone use while driving can be distracting and dangerous. Distracted driving includes any behaviors that distract the driver from driving and may lead to liability for a negligent distracted driver responsible for causing a car accident.
Drivers who drive while they are fatigued or on too little sleep may be inattentive and dangerous on the roadway. Drivers should be properly rested and when they are on a long trip, should take appropriate rest breaks and not drive for periods of time that are too long. A drowsy driver may be considered a negligent driver.
Aggressive driving may endanger drivers and those around them. The list of behaviors that are considered aggressive are long and should be avoided when driving.
Victims of negligent drivers, such as distracted drivers, may be able to bring a personal injury claim for damages to help recover compensation for their damages. Personal injury damages can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Because the list of harm suffered by car accident victims can be long, they should be familiar with the legal remedies and resources available to them when they have been hurt by a negligent driver.