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aggressive drivers, aggressive driving accident, Waukegan personal injury attorneys, safe driving tips, seat belt safetyEach year, nearly 7 million automobile accidents occur throughout the United States. Of those accidents, well over half involve some form of aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving can be defined as any form of motor vehicle operation that endangers oneself and others on the road. Common examples of aggressive driving include the following:

  • Speeding;
  • Tailgating;
  • Reckless passing; and
  • Overall disregard for traffic guidelines.

While many assume that only a small percentage of drivers engage in aggressive driving behavior, the NHTSA estimates that upwards of 80 percent of all drivers have driven aggressively. Consider the following tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe the next time you encounter an aggressive drivers.

Steps to Take When Encountering Aggressive Drivers on the Road


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safe driving tips, hydroplaning, bad weather driving, speeding, driver safetyAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traveling in the rain can present more hazards than driving in winter conditions. Wet weather conditions can cause loss of visibility as well as hydroplaning—the process in which tires get more traction on the layer of water on the road than on the road itself. Thus, a vehicle can slide uncontrollably and cause drivers to temporarily lose their ability to steer or brake.

In many cases, drivers who experience hydroplaning panic and swerve out of their lane, or they slam on their brakes. Both of these instances can result in car accidents and severe injuries.

Safe Driving Navigation


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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.


Posted on in Car Accidents

Lake County auto accident attorneys, teen driving safety, car accidents, fatal crashes, safe driving tipsAbout 7 percent of all drivers are teens, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). However, teens are involved in approximately 14 percent of all fatal crashes. In fact, car accidents are the number one cause of injury and death for people between the age of 15 to 19.

Teens have a propensity to make poor judgements while driving, to speed, and to drive while intoxicated. Younger drivers also have less experience in driving which increases the likelihood of them being involved in a vehicle crash.

Tips to Help Your Teen Learn How to Drive Safely


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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,Although spring weather is just around the corner, Illinois is still dealing with winter storms, which presents a number of challenges for drivers. Preventing car accident and injury is crucial, no matter what time of year, but it is especially important to take special safety precautions during those wet, cold, icy months that make our roadways significantly more hazardous. Icy conditions, in particular, can be very treacherous for drivers, which is why it is wise to make sure we stay on top of our winter weather driving knowledge to keep ourselves, our passengers, and others safe. Tips for Driving in Icy Conditions According to expert advice from CBS News, there are certain steps drivers can take to decrease their chances of accidents when venturing out onto the highways during the winter season. It is suggested that every driver practice the following when operating a vehicle under icy weather conditions: Maintain proper tire pressure - Big changes in temperature can drastically affect your tire pressure, so it is extremely important to make sure you maintain proper levels throughout the cold season. It is recommended that you check the pressure every week, or at least once a month at minimum. Another alternative is to use radial snow tires on your vehicle, which are designed to remain flexible when temperatures fluctuate. Keep windshield wipers in good shape. - It is crucial to make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition to ensure you have clear visibility when driving in snow. You should also consider using a winter-formula window washer fluid to prevent your windshield from icing over in cold temperatures. Control your skid - As most vehicles are now front-wheel drive, the rule of thumb when you begin to slide on ice is to steer in the direction you want to go. Use your field of vision as a guide, looking in the direction you want to go, and then steer. Keep your foot on the gas and rely on your anti-lock brake system to do its job. Your control is limited when you begin to slide, but this will help you maintain what control you can. Do not speed - Speeding when roads are icy is a deadly combination. In fact, most collisions that take place on icy roads are usually due to speeding. When driving in snow or on ice, a vehicle may take nine times longer to come to a stop than under normal, ideal conditions, so keep this in mind as you drive.

Should you experience an accident or injury due to a winter-weather related car collision, consulting with a knowledgeable Lake County car accident attorney is an important step toward protecting your rights in a court of law. Make sure you receive the proper compensation due to you following the collision. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 for a personal consultation.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/driving-safely-on-icy-roads/
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