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Lake County drugged driving car accident lawyerA recent study conducted by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association concluded that prescription and illegal drugs have surpassed alcohol as the most deadly substance on the road. The newly released report, which began development in 2016, found that 38% of all drivers killed throughout the United States in 2016 had levels of alcohol in their system. More concerning, however, was the fact that an incredible 44% of all drivers killed tested positive for opioids, marijuana, or other illegal drugs.

Many law enforcement officials see the problem as a combination of liberal marijuana laws and a nationwide increase in opioid abuse. Regardless, one thing is certain: drugs have become a massive issue within the realm of highway safety. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is paramount that you receive the legal and medical help your family deserves.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that more than 2.3 million people are injured in auto accidents each year. Some of these injured parties are victims of a negligent driver – someone who was intoxicated, texting while driving, or otherwise behaving in a way that compromised the safety of those around them. The end result is a life that has turned upside down. Sadly, it may be a long time before things are set right again. For some, life will never be the same.

Long-Term Injuries and Wrongful Death

While some injuries do heal over a relatively short time period, there are those that can have long-lasting effects. Those that experience such injuries are likely to need rehabilitation, long-term medical care, and they may miss time from work. Some may be so severely injured that they are unable to return to the activities that they used to enjoy. Examples of severe and long-lasting injuries include:

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Teen-related car accidents are every parent’s worst fear. Handing keys over to the teen in your life when they are finally legal to drive is perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking things you will experience as a parent or mentor throughout the course of their lifetime. The freedom that may be given to a teen when they acquire a driver’s license is a positive, exciting experience, but it also opens them up to a number of new dangers on the road, increasing their overall risk of being involved in a collision. Teen Driving Behaviors That Place Them - and Everyone around Them - at Risk According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), research shows that inexperienced drivers, typically 16 and 17 years of age, dominate many fatal crash statistics. Certain driving behaviors in particular significantly increase a teen’s chance of causing or being involved in a collision. Adults and teenagers alike are guilty of these habits, but teens tend to be more easily influenced by their peers and are more likely to make such decisions behind the wheel. Ignoring Seat Belts -  This is one of the most common choices teens make behind the wheel, which in turn places everyone at risk. According to data from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) and the Fatality Analysis Report System (FARS), teen years are a critical time for seat belt habits. Studies show that seat belt use declines during these years and that encouragement and awareness are strongly needed. Studies also indicate that parents, in particular, play a huge role in the prevention of accident and injury among teen drivers, and that simple reminders to use seat belts can make a significant difference in nationwide fatality statistics. Distracted Driving - Distracted driving problems have been on the increase over the last decade due to a shift in access to technological devices behind the wheel. Teens are especially susceptible to texting and talking on the phone while driving, but other behaviors, such as interacting with other passengers, eating, or playing with the radio are all to blame for distracted driving-related accidents and injury.

Influenced Driving - Sadly, due to peer pressure and other external influences, many teens make the decision to operate a vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of other drugs, such as marijuana. Not only does this put them at risk for accident and injury, it also places them at risk for the serious consequences that accompany breaking underage drinking and driving laws. NHTSA statistics show that when the consumption of alcohol is involved, the severity of crashes among 15 to 20-year-olds is increased. There is also a correlation between the tendency for underage, teen drivers who have been drinking and driving to also not use seat belt restraints, which further enhances the chances for such accidents to be fatal.

The NHTSA reports that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among teen drivers. While we cannot prevent each and every teen from being involved in an accident, we can play a role in the prevention of injury and life-threatening collisions by raising awareness and living by example.

If you find yourself in a collision due to negligent teen driving, you need to speak with a skilled Lake County car accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 for a personal consultation.

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http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Teen+Drivers/Teen+Drivers+Education/Teen+Drivers+-+Graduated+Driver+Licensing

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,After your car has been towed and you have been to the doctor comes the part of a car accident most people hate the most, dealing with insurance. While every car accident is different, there are several common mistakes that people make when they have a car accident claim.

Not Doing Your Own Research on Your Vehicle

If your vehicle has been totaled by insurance you are going to have to figure out the its value. Often, the insurance company will do that for you. The mistake many people make is to simply accept the insurance company’s value without doing their own research.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,A recent CNBC report may have you gripping the wheel a bit tighter as it is estimated that by the year 2035, there will be 1.7 billion vehicles on the road worldwide. Although the projected growth will be heavily evident in China, the United States is expected to see a boost upwards as 660 vehicles per 1,000 U.S. citizens, will be making the daily commute a bit more congested. As this occurs, it is only logical that the number of car accidents will also be on the rise.

The report appears to have caught the attention of both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).

In response to the steep increase in the number of car accident fatalities in 2015, The U.S. DOT and NHTSA organized one of several regional summits driven to address traffic safety behavior changes.

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