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Waukegan personal injury attorneysAlthough we rarely think about it, driving is one of the most dangerous activities people do on a regular basis. An estimated 32,000 people lose their lives in car accidents every year in the U.S and thousands more are injured. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, people are starting to make holiday travel plans. During the holiday season, there are even more vehicles than normal on the road, so it is critical to be vigilant. Keep yourself and your family as safe as possible by following these holiday travel safety tips.

Car Accidents Spike Around Thanksgiving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 750 fatal car crashes and almost 50,000 non-fatal motor vehicle accidents during Thanksgiving 2012. Every year, traffic accidents spike during the winter holiday season. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who are too sleepy to drive. 

In order to have the best chances of an accident-free holiday, keep the following tips in mind:

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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.

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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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