Painting your nails while driving is dangerous. No shit! by Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Every day, we see drivers looking in their rearview mirrors to apply make-up, chatting away on their cell phones, or having a bite to eat while driving. Distracted driving is frequently the cause of motorcycle accidents in Illinois and around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that driver distraction in the few seconds before a crash is a factor in about 80% of motor vehicle accidents.
Unfortunately, the actions of distracted drivers may have deadly consequences for Illinois bikers.
ABC7 reports that 49-year old Lora Hunt of Morris, Illinois was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the highly publicized “nail painting accident” that caused the tragic death of Illinois motorcyclist Anita Zaffke in 2009. Hunt killed Zaffke when she crashed her car into the back of Zaffke’s motorcycle, which was stopped at a traffic light. Hunt was admittedly painting her nails while driving when the fatal Illinois motorcycle accident occurred.
Many factors may cause a driver to become distracted. One of the most common causes is cell phone use. While Illinois has banned texting while driving, it is still legal to for people over the age of 19 to talk on cell phones while driving with the exception of a few driving situations. According to the NHTSA, some common driver distractions include:
· GPS systems
· Watching videos
· Adjusting radio or stereo
· Personal grooming
Currently, efforts are underway in Illinois and nationwide to increase awareness of the dangers associated with distracted driving.
Illinois resident, Greg Zaffke Jr., is working to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving in memory of his mother, Anita Zaffke. Greg started painting his nails black on one hand after his mother died and he formed a non-profit organization called the Black Nail Brigade. The focus of this activist group is education and awareness of the harm distracted driving can cause. This past spring, the NHTSA launched a distracted driving crackdown campaign in a couple of states, including Connecticut, with the slogan “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Illinois distracted driving motorcycle accident or any other type of Illinois motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an Illinois motorcycle attorney who specializes in bike accidents. We can help bikers anywhere in Illinois including Chicago, Columbia, Aurora, and Springfield. Call us at 1-800-4-BIKERS today.
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