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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,It is no secret that the increasing necessity and commonality of cell phones have affected driving and driving safety. As cell phones became more and more common, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and other governmental statistical agencies began including car accidents caused or influenced by the use of a cell phone or cellular device in distracted driving incidents.

While distracted driving was formerly only considered as such when the driver was eating or drinking, grooming, or talking to other passengers, cell phone use or texting has become one of the most common forms of distracted driving, and arguably one of the most dangerous. Engaging in tasks associated with the use of hand-held phones increased the risk of a motor vehicle accident by three times, and at any given moment during the day across the nation it is estimated that 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while behind the wheel. It may be no wonder that in 2013, 424,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents that involved a distracted driver, a marked increase from 421,000 victims the previous year.

These statistics and the obvious dangers posed by using cellular technology while driving do not seem to be a deterrence, however. In fact, the ubiquity of social media and communication via technology could be making it seem less dangerous to utilize behind the wheel than it is. Take the recent incidents of drivers who did not consider their use of social media — live streaming to the world that they were, at that moment, behind the wheel driving drunk — who apparently did not consider their actions to be as serious as they were.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Thanksgiving Day weekend has traditionally been one of the busiest travel times of the year. Millions of Americans all across the country hop into planes, trains, and automobiles to spend time with family and friends. AAA has put estimates at the number of people who will be traveling next week at approximately 47 million. And almost 90 percent of those travelers will be using motor vehicles as their mode of transportation. Unfortunately, along with the increased number of travelers comes an increased number of auto accidents.

According to national statistics, Thanksgiving Day 2012 was the deadliest holiday that year. There were 416 people killed in car crashes, nationwide. Of those killed, more than half were not wearing seat belts when the crash occurred. And more than 40 percent of those fatal crashes were alcohol-related. In addition to the number of people killed, another 45,000 were injured in crashes that day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers tips for motorists to follow to help ensure that it will be a Happy Thanksgiving. Top on the that list is to always wear your seat belt, no matter how short a drive you may have. The NHTSA also recommends that children under 13-years-old should be seated in the back of the vehicle, not the front.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,

Distracted drivers are a leading cause of car accidents in Illinois. Drivers pay more attention to their phones than they do the road. Illinois restricts cell phone use while driving, but allows for hands-free usage in many instances. But, are people still distracted when using a hands-free device?

Illinois’s Cell Phone Laws

Since 2014, Illinois has banned the use of all handheld devices while driving. It also has a specific ban on texting while driving. Illinois does generally allow for the use of hands-free devices such as speakerphones, bluetooth headsets, and voice activated devices.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of accidents experienced by any driver on American roads. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), not only are they among the most frequently-occurring type of accident, rear-end collisions are also a leading cause of injuries, fatalities, and property damage caused in motor vehicle accidents. Most rear-end collisions can be avoided or analyzed only by understanding driver behavior leading up to the crash.

Younger drivers were by far the drivers who experienced such roadway crashes most frequently—first drivers under the age of 18, and then drivers 18–24-years-old. The number of rear-end collisions then declined steadily, until it spiked again involving drivers over the age of 69. The most obvious reason for this is, of course, due to delayed reaction times or an inability to maintain control of the car in difficult weather conditions.

Some research indicates that up to 50 percent of rear-end incidents occur because the driver is distracted. Incidents can include crashes and near-crashes. Of the 6,177 rear-end collisions with a lead vehicle studied for this report, more than one quarter (26 percent) involved a distracted driver. Driving related inattention (such as looking out the window or playing with the radio), when combined with internal distraction (reaching for an object or having a pet in the vehicle), were present in 39 percent of all distraction-related crashes.

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Do you have a teen that is now driving? National statistics show that motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in this country. In fact, one study found that more teens are killed in vehicle accidents than they are by homicide or suicide. In 2012, 2,439 teens died in auto accidents, 1,927 teens died as a result of homicide, and 1,863 teens took their own lives.

And almost as many teen passengers are being killed in crashes as teen drivers. Tragically, more than half of those victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

The summer months increase the risk to young drivers because they usually spend more time driving than they do during the school year. However, there are steps that parents can take to make sure their teen drivers are safe on the road.

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