New Illinois traffic laws designed to reduce car accidents

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

With the end of the old year and beginning of the new one comes an annual tradition: implementation of new Illinois laws.

It’s a good idea for Chicago drivers to familiarize themselves with these new legal standards. In that way, traffic tickets can be avoided and car accidents and serious injuries  reduced.

One of the new laws involves activities following an accident. The law which took effect on January 1 prohibits people who are driving within 500 feet of an emergency scene at which there are emergency vehicles (police, ambulance, firefighters) from using a cellphone in their vehicles.

An important change in law has also been put in place for drivers of commercial vehicles. They can no longer send or receive text messages while driving — even when they are stopped at a red light or a railroad crossing. Truckers are also banned from using their handheld cellphones while driving.

Another new traffic safety law: no driver can use a cell while driving in a construction or road maintenance speed zone. We’ve all seen those construction zones (especially in summer) and know how dangerous they can be when drivers aren’t paying attention to the road or traffic.

There is also a new law in place for perhaps the most dangerous of drivers: those who have been drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel. The new law states that if a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe a driver involved in a car crash that caused an injury or a death was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the police officer will request that the driver undergo a chemical test to determine any presence of prohibited substances in their system.

Hopefully, these new laws will help cut car accidents, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries and fatalities in 2013. Those involved in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence should speak with an attorney who can help them get the medical care and compensation they need and deserve.

Source:, “New Illinois traffic laws begin this year,” Jan. 8, 2013