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Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,A recent study has highlighted a new danger on the road: drugged drivers. The study found that of drivers who died in a car accident, 43 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs and 37 percent of drivers had alcohol in their bodies. The study was released by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Marijuana Is Commonly Found in Killed Drivers

Of the positive drug tests in this study, 35 percent signaled marijuana use by the driver. This does not come as a surprise since medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia and recreational marijuana is legal in eight states and DC. However, it is illegal to drive impaired in all 50 states. More Policies and Resources Needed to Combat Drugged DrivingExperts argue that the results of the study highlight the need for more training for police officers on how to spot drugged driving as well as additional methodologies and standards for determining if a driver is too impaired to operate a vehicle. For example, there is no analogous drug test comparable to the breathalyzer.

Study’s Conclusions Are Questioned by Some

Some road safety experts warn that the study may provide an incomplete picture. The study was conducted in part by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a nonprofit funded by alcohol distillers. In addition, the study admits that it did not test every driver who died behind the wheel, which limits the study’s persuasiveness. Also, there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to drugged driving prevention and testing. For example, the definition of impairment by drugs is not uniform. Detractors are worried that this study may take away from drunk driving awareness efforts, for which there is a well-studied need.

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Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,Out of the countless causes for car accidents and injuries on the roadways, intoxicated and fatigued driving are among the most tragic, as they are entirely preventable. In a perfect world, no one would ever get behind the wheel when they have been drinking or when they are too tired to drive, but sadly, such choices are made every day, placing everyone on the roadways at risk.

Protecting Yourself on the Road

While most of these collision cases involve drivers who made the choice to drive when they were too tired and shouldn’t have, some fatigue-related cases are unfortunately due to legitimate, undiagnosed sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. Others are the result of having to work late-night or excessively long hours.


Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,All too often, impaired driving accidents are attributed to drivers operating under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. While it is true that DUI is a primary cause for careless car accidents, injuries, and fatalities, another form of impaired driving is just as much to blame: drowsy driving. The Other Form of Impaired Driving The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 7,000 people have been killed over the last decade due to drowsy driving. Alcohol and other substances can and often do intensify the effects of an already drowsy state, making it that much easier for a driver to fall asleep behind the wheel, but even with the absence of alcohol or other drugs in a driver’s system, simply being too sleepy to drive is still a form of impaired driving. Contributing Factors Drowsy driving not influenced by the effects of drugs can happen at any time of day. If you are too tired to drive or become too tired after being in the car for some time, you run the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Studies show specific times of day tend to be riskier than others, however. The hours between midnight and 6 a.m., in particular, are common hours for drowsy driving incidents, thanks to the natural shift in our body’s circadian rhythm.This internal clock is what helps regulate our body’s sleep, and is often the reason drivers grow increasingly drowsy behind the wheel during these hours. Studies also show that drowsy driving crashes often take place when there are no other passengers in the car, and there is typically no sign of braking beforehand. Preventative Measures The number one way to prevent yourself from causing a drowsy driving collision is to ensure you get enough rest on a daily basis. This means making sure you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Practice staying vigilant if you must drive during those peak drowsiness periods. If you are crossing lanes or running into highway rumble strips - especially if you are alone - make the decision to pull over somewhere and park so you can rest before getting back on the road. Additionally, if you are already tired or plan on driving during late night or early morning hours, avoid drinking alcohol, which significantly increases your chances of causing a collision.

If you have been the victim of a drowsy driving-related crash, speak with a knowledgeable Lake County car accident attorney right away. The sooner you consult with a professional, the sooner you can protect your rights in the collision aftermath. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 for a personal consultation.



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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.


Posted on in Drunk Driving Accidents
Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,We have all heard the opinions and controversy surrounding the topic of buzzed driving, but when it comes to car accident statistics, there is one undeniable truth: Buzzed driving is still considered drunk driving. Even just a little buzz, or just one drink too many can impair a driver and cause them to make a poor decision behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stresses the fact that drinking alcohol impairs more than just our ability to drive, it affects our judgement about whether or not we can or should get behind the wheel. What the Statistics Indicate According to the NHTSA, almost 10,000 people die on our roadways each year due to drunk driving and America has more drunk drivers than most countries have people. Every 23 minutes, an impaired driver claims a life between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. These drunk driving statistics include buzzed drivers, who by definition are found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 to .07. Although this BAC is technically under the legal limit acceptable for driving, studies have shown that even these levels of alcohol in the system can be dangerous. One such study conducted in 2013 by Professor Emeritus David P Phillips (Department of Sociology, University of California at San Diego), published in the Injury Prevention Journal found that, “Even minimally ‘buzzed’ drivers are 46 percent more likely to be officially blamed for a crash than are the sober drivers they collide with.” The study concluded that there is no such thing as safe drinking and driving, and that even buzzed drivers put themselves and others at risk the moment they get behind the wheel. Preventing Impaired Driving Accidents The NHTSA’s statistics surrounding buzzed and drunk driving are overwhelming, and their ongoing public campaign efforts continue to emphasize the need for awareness throughout the country. Putting a stop to buzzed driving begins with every single driver who gets behind the wheel. Everyone can hold themselves and their friends accountable for the choice to drive buzzed. You can practice the following to prevent impaired driving accidents:
  • Always designate a sober driver before you go out. It is common for at least one friend in a group to say they are okay to drive because they are only “buzzed”. Plan ahead to avoid this situation.
  • If you do not plan ahead and designate a sober driver for your outing, at least designate someone as the decision maker - the one who will call the cab when it is time to go home. Call the cab no matter what, even if someone thinks they are okay to drive.
  • Stay put. If you plan to have drinks in a personal setting, such as someone’s home, make arrangements beforehand to possibly stay on the premises to avoid getting in a car altogether.
  • Program at least three numbers in your phone for responsible transportation following an outing where there will be drinks involved: at least one or two cab companies and one (or more) good friends you can count on and call in the event that you have had too much.

If you are injured in a buzzed or drunk driving incident, you need to contact a professional Lake County car accident attorney to protect your best interests. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.


http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/buzzeddriving/index.html http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2014/01/07/injuryprev-2013-040925.abstract?sid=379fb47c-59b4-4ef1-8766-466c834a46a3
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