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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,We are all aware of the factors that all too often lead to automobile accidents and injuries, such as distracted driving, driving under the influence, and careless speeding. Something as simple as applying your makeup or taking a bite of a burger on your way to work while behind the wheel can lead to serious consequences, but focusing on the efforts we should make instead of the actions we should avoid is often just as important in terms of taking proactive steps toward highway safety. Here are three driving habits to put into practice that benefit everyone on the road: 1. Get to Know Your Vehicle Inside and Out The Illinois State Police recommends that motorcyclists practice pre-ride checks and make maintenance checks a standard routine. The same goes for any motorist. The better you know how your car or bike operates, the better you can handle it out on the open road. Catching minor issues that need repair or attention before you leave the driveway can go a long way in preventing a crash. 2. Plan before You Go

Planning is one of the simplest and most effective habits you can utilize to help prevent distracted driving. The Illinois State Police reports that driver inattention is behind more than one million crashes every year.

If you are heading out on a road trip, have your directions and map ready to go before you get behind the wheel. Station and program your GPS with the help of a hands-free mount device and make all necessary phone calls before you drive. You can also pre-set radio stations to avoid fumbling with radio dials while driving. Any and all chores are best handled before you depart for your destination so your mind is free and clear from all distractions. 3. Stay Up-To-Date on Road and Weather Conditions Another easy habit to adopt to help prevent potentially dangerous situations out on the roadways is to stay aware and alert of any changes in road and weather conditions. Know what you are in store for and plan accordingly. You can do this by paying attention to the national weather advisory before and during travel, as well as utilizing your weather app of choice.

Automobile accidents and injuries are inevitable, but you can stay safe and help others stay out of harm’s way by remaining proactive. If you have been involved in a vehicle collision due to someone else's careless driving, a knowledgeable Lake County car accident attorney can help. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation today.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,It is hard to ignore overwhelming motor vehicle accident statistics. The Illinois State Police report that driver inattention is a primary factor in more than 1 million car crashes every year. That is a hefty statistic, and one we should not take lightly. The sad reality is a number of these accidents can be prevented.

Due to the various types of technology so easily accessible to us today, however, it can be difficult to prevent these incidents. We live in a fast, digital age where much of our lives revolve around mobile devices and advanced car audio, voice recognition, and Bluetooth systems.

Our devices are only one part of the problem. We are distracted by all sorts of actions out on the road. It is not a perfect world; we cannot put a stop to distracted driving entirely. We can, however, make individual efforts to be proactive and prevent those accident statistics from rising.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Today, more than ever before, we hear of the devastating motor vehicle accident statistics caused by distracted drivers. The number of injuries and fatalities caused by distracted drivers is not only alarming; it is on the rise, increasing year after year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention categorizes it as a health concern and actually estimates that there are eight people killed every day in the United States due to distracted drivers behind the wheel. Even more astounding, the Illinois State Police report that cell phone use while driving increases the chances of a crash by four hundred percent.

Phones Are Not the Only Culprit

With statistics like this, it is easy to sum up distracted driving as simply talking or texting on the phone, but being distracted behind the wheel can mean many things. The phones we use today are more advanced than ever before, bringing a degree of technology to our fingertips that was not available to us even a few short years ago. This advanced, easily accessible technology has countless advantages, but it has also made driving more dangerous than ever before. From apps and games to selfies and instant messaging, our phones are deadly weapons when used behind the wheel.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Last summer was a record-setter in shark attacks around the world. There were 98 documented attacks, leaving many of the victims with loss of limbs, and there were even reports of several fatal attacks. Shows like “Shark Week” and films such as the classic “Jaws” leaving many of us in fear of being attacked by a shark. However, statistics show that taking selfies is much more dangerous and risks of being killed much higher than the risks of swimming in the ocean where sharks live.

In 2015, there were six people killed in shark attacks. In that same time period, there were hundreds of people who were killed or injured while attempting to take a selfie. One of the places that has seen a marked increase in the number of people taking selfies is behind the wheel of a car. Instead of concentrating on the road, these drivers are concentrating on getting their best angle – usually so they can post it to their social media pages.

Safety advocates say that taking a photo of yourself while driving is just as dangerous as getting behind the wheel after you have been drinking. In one survey, nine percent of the 500 participants admitted to the activity, but that number doubled to almost 20 percent for those surveyed who were under the age of 35. And contrary to what you may have thought, twice as many men are taking selfies while driving than women.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,The parents of a young man who was killed in a fatal crash caused by speeding released a video he was recording at the time of the crash. The family hope that the shocking footage will help convince young people to slow down and help save lives.

The crash occurred in Sussex, England. The 21-year-old victim, who was a passenger but owned the vehicle, was recording the video as his 20-year-old friend, who was unlicensed, hit speeds of 90 mph. According to the coroner’s report, the two were highly intoxicated on drugs. They can be heard in the video prodding each other. The passenger says to his friend, “You’re doing 90 boy, slow down,” and seconds later the car crashed into the wall of a church. The two were killed instantly.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of young people in this country. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4,000 teens between the ages of 15 through 20 are killed every year in car crashes. Another 250,000 are seriously injured.

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