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Waukegan personal injury attorney, driving safety, driving safety tips, self-driving cars, distracted drivingIn a society driven by constant technological advancements, our nation’s roadways continue to change. Today, GPS systems do our navigating, and fleets of self-driving cars are heading into the marketplace in hopes of doing our driving too. Many technological developments have altered our society for the better; still, that has not always been the case with regard to travel. Smartphone technology continues to distract drivers, and now it seems even self-driving cars are running into problems.

On Sunday, March 18, a self-driving Uber vehicle struck a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The driver of the car placed the vehicle in self-drive mode and averted his eyes from the road. By the time the driver directed his eyes back to the road, it was too late. The self-driving car failed to notice a pedestrian crossing the road. The pedestrian was fatally injured.

The tragedy calls into question the general effectiveness of the newly implemented technology. Yet more than that, it serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of traveling, both as a driver and pedestrian. If you or a member of your family are injured in an automobile collision, contact our experienced team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys immediately to discuss your case and your options.

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Car accident, driver safety, Lake County personal injury attorney, smartphone world, distracted drivingAs the holiday season approaches, consumers will flock to department stores in hopes of finding the next generation smartphone. Smartphones have drastically changed the way we think, operate, and navigate through life. Considering the benefits of instant access to information databases, smartphones are now viewed as a necessity in our society. However, with the good comes the bad, and today many Americans suffer from increased stress, decreased sleep, and even addiction attributed to overuse of smartphones and tablets. There may be no bigger downside to smartphone use than the danger from using these devices on the road.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an automobile collision either as a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, attributed to smartphone related negligence, contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney today.

The Impact of Smartphones on the Road

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car accidents, Pokemon Go, Waukegan car accidents lawyers, distracted driving, smartphones and car accidentsA recent study published earlier this month by Purdue University’s professors of finance and management, Mara Faccio and John McConnell, estimates that the popular augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, is responsible for about 145,000 car accidents in the first five months after its release in 2016. Of those car accidents, approximately 29,000 people were injured and 250 people were killed.

The study also shows that the accident frequency rate was almost 27 percent higher at intersections located within 100 meters of a “PokéStops” (referring to landmarks or public places where gamers can obtain collectibles to help them progress in Pokemon Go) as compared to other street intersections.

The study was conducted in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and the report suggests that the cost of users playing the popular virtual reality game while driving in the county is between $5.2 million to $25.5 million within the first five months following the game’s release. The cost includes vehicular damage, personal injuries, and the human lives lost in the car crashes caused by the drivers or passengers playing Pokemon Go.

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safe driving tips-WaukeganDriving with children can be taxing, but it is essential to take certain measures to ensure their safety. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among kids. More than 600 children aged 12 years and younger died in 2015 from a car accident and thousands were injured. Therefore, it is imperative that parents and caregivers adhere to the road laws and regulations regarding child passengers.

  1. Make sure children are wearing seat belts. Children should not be sharing seat belts, and the seat belts should be resting securely against their bodies. In addition, children should be using both the lap and shoulder belt.

  1. Follow the law. Depending on the child’s age, weight, and height, he or she may be legally required to sit in a child car seat or booster seat.

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driving safely, motor vehicle accidents, Waukegan car crash lawyers, distracted driving, teen driversThis year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place on October 15-21, and schools, communities, and organizations across the country are using this event to promote teen driving safety.

This ongoing effort is incredibly important, since motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 18, with more than 2,000 teens being killed and 99,000 teens being injured every year in car accidents across the United States.

Parents of teens should speak regularly with their children about the importance of driving safely, ensuring that they follow these rules while on the road:

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