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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Defensive driving courses exist for a reason: Every driver can increase their chances of avoiding an auto accident when they are properly equipped to practice defensive driving techniques. Learning how to prevent collisions always begins with being observant when behind the wheel. Looking ahead, keeping your eyes on both your side and rearview mirrors, and watching for any surrounding hazards is key to stopping an accident before it happens.

Here are some examples of dangerous roadway behaviors and how to spot them before a bad situation turns worse:

1. Erratic movements: Your attentiveness is your best weapon against collision, so staying alert to any erratic driving behaviors around you is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the open road. When you notice another vehicle making fast, careless movements, or maneuvers that indicate the driver is not paying attention to the road (such as swerving into another lane), slow down and steer clear of the vehicle to ensure you are out of its range. Erratic movements can also imply aggressive, reckless driving behavior, which can stem from unstable, angry, and irrational mental states.

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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.

Source:

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

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Preparing the teenager in your life to be a good driver starts long before they get their driver’s license. There is great benefit to discussing topics such as distracted driving and driving under the influence early on. Instilling responsible behavior behind the wheel is something you can begin focusing on weeks, even months, before your teen heads off to take their test at the DMV.

1. Talk about dangers on the roadway.

One of the very best ways to start off on the right foot with readying your teen for the road is to communicate. Open up discussion about common dangers on the roadway and allow your teen to express their own thoughts on actions they believe can place them at risk behind the wheel, and why they feel that way.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois pedestrian accident lawyer,For pedestrians, being near or attempting to cross busy roadways has always been dangerous. Cars speed by, drivers are often distracted, and the chances of an accident are high. Unfortunately for both Illinois pedestrians and pedestrians nationwide, new data indicates that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. Is it now more dangerous than ever to be a pedestrian in Illinois? An 18 Percent Increase Recently released data from the Illinois Department of Transportation shows an 18 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2015. In 2015, 150 pedestrian deaths occurred in Illinois, compared to 127 in 2014. Federal data shows a similar trend: 4,884 pedestrians were killed nationwide in 2014, the highest number of deaths in one year since 2005, when 4,892 pedestrian fatalities occurred. While the 2015 numbers are still being finalized, officials say that early indicators are not looking good. Within the first nine months of 2015 there was a 9 percent increase in traffic fatalities, and officials say they expect the tally of pedestrian deaths for 2015 overall to be up from last year. Illinois has already seen many pedestrian fatalities in 2016, and state and national officials say there has been no better time to raise awareness and combat pedestrian fatalities. Why Are Pedestrian Deaths Increasing? State and national officials cite impaired or distracted drivers as one of the main causes behind the increase in deaths. Many communities have laws in place to combat distracted drivers, but many drivers unfortunately ignore those laws and continue dangerous habits like texting while driving. Poorly designed crosswalks and signals are also a factor in the increase of pedestrian fatalities. The Active Transportation Alliance says that many roads are built to move as much traffic as possible with little thought towards pedestrians. An Illinois law passed in 2010 requires that all drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, but a survey conducted by the Alliance shows that many drivers are either unaware of the law or ignore it. Proposed solutions include changes to signal timing and countdowns, better signage at crosswalks, and concrete islands. Drivers and poorly marked crosswalks are not the only factors to blame, however. Officials have seen a significant increase in pedestrians texting, streaming videos, or using their smartphones and tablets while walking, making them oblivious to the dangers of walking near or attempting to cross a busy road. Some states, such as New Jersey, have even proposed penalties for distracted walking, but no such proposals have yet to be passed. Are You or a Loved One a Pedestrian Accident Victim?

Pedestrian accidents and deaths can occur on any road at any time. Even vehicles moving at slow speeds have the potential to cause serious bodily harm and even death. At the law offices of Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our team of experienced Lake County personal injury attorneys has years of experience representing clients who have suffered due to negligent driving or wrongdoing. Let us help you through the recovery process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call 847-622-3303 today to speak to a member of our team.

Sources:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160516/news/160519100/

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,There is nothing like the open road during the summer season, especially for your teenager, who may be participating in all kinds of seasonal road trips. From trips to the beach, sleepovers with friends, and various outdoor get-togethers, chances are your teen will be hitting the road often, which puts them at greater risk for car accident and injury.

No parent, guardian, mentor, or teacher likes to think about the teens they care for being placed in harm’s way, but control is limited when it comes to the roads and the danger they present. One way you can make a difference is by taking an active role in speaking with the teenagers in your life about the importance of responsible driving.

Doing Your Part

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