Illinois Man Struck in Alleged Distracted Driving Case, Dies
Posted on September 19th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
A 39 year-old man changing the tire on his truck has died following an auto accident. His pick up was struck by a car driven by a woman allegedly checking her cell phone while driving on Illinois Highway 53. The woman was allegedly scrolling through her phone contacts on Aug. 1 when she veered onto the shoulder where she struck the victim. She failed to show up at her court appearance on Sep. 8, in which she was charged with driving on the shoulder, improper lane usage and texting while driving. She may face more serious charges now that the man has died, and she also faces a lawsuit from the family for the injuries she inflicted on the victim according to Chicago Tribune. In 2009, distracted driving caused over 5,000 fatalities, with cell phones being the largest culprit according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. When texting while driving, a person is more inclined to take their eyes off the road for longer periods of time. This can cause a driver to swerve unexpectedly, follow too closely, or generally drive in an unsafe manner.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a distracted driver (including texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, putting on make-up, etc), you need an aggressive, competent attorney to represent your interests. Zane T. Cagle at The Cagle Law Firm is an experienced attorney in all types of vehicular accidents representing those victims that are seriously injured and families of wrongful death victims. Call (314) 276-1681 today for a free consultation to learn more about how to recover damages from your accident and protect your financial future.