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Illinois car accident lawyer, Lake County car accident attorney, Illinois injury lawyer,The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that car accidents are a leading cause of death for children, with more than 600 fatalities taking place in 2014 in the United States alone. Additionally, more than 121,350 children were injured, and many of those injuries were due to lack of proper safety restraint usage. The fact remains: Those transporting child passengers have the power to save lives and prevent these types of incidences when they follow the right safety restraint protocol.

Car Seat, Booster Seat, or Seat Belt?

Whether you are a parent or caregiver, if you are responsible for driving a child to or from a destination, you first need to determine whether or not they require a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. This depends on certain factors, including the child’s height, age, and weight. This information will help you transport them as safely as possible. Refer to the following guidelines before driving a child anywhere:


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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.


Posted on in School Bus Accidents

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois bus accident lawyer,Back to school time means back to bus time — which can be deadly for children. School buses are often carrying many children at one time, which can lead to very grisly crashes in the event that the driver is not at his or her best.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that school buses help to keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off roads that surround schools every day — which ultimately makes those roads safer for pedestrians, both children and adults alike. As such, the NHTSA reports that school buses are the safest mode of transportation to get children back and forth from school.

More than half of all student fatalities occur when the student is traveling with a teen driver. Twenty-three percent of all student fatalities occur when the student is traveling with an adult driver. Only 1 percent of student fatalities occur when a student is traveling by school bus. This means that they are approximately 50 times more likely to arrive to school if they travel by bus than if they travel with a friend or a parent in a private car.


Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,How many times have when you were younger did you or your siblings yell, “shotgun” when jumping into the car with one of your parents. There was always that argument over who was going to get to ride in the front seat, getting full access to the car radio. Over the years, however, auto safety recommendations have advised that children should remain in the back seat until they are at least 12 years of age in order to remain safe in the event of a car accident.

But a new investigation by Consumer Reports reveals that riding shotgun just may be safer than riding in the backseat. The reason for this, the investigation found, is that there has been a lot of focus on making the front seat safer, which has cut down dramatically the number of fatalities and injuries which occur during vehicle wrecks. However, this has left rear seat safety technology lagging. In fact, in vehicles which were manufactured after 2006, a person sitting in the rear seat has almost a 50 percent more chance of getting killed in a vehicle crash than a person sitting in the front passenger seat. This percent holds true even after the factors such as gender and age are considered.

The investigation found that there are safety features which have been implemented for front seat occupants that can and should also be added for back seat occupants. For example, seat belts installed in the front seat have belt pretensioners which stop any excess slack in a seat belt during a crash. Front seat belts also have load limiters. This allows the belt to automatically ease out when it has too much tension, allowing the body to absorb any shock, thereby reducing the risk of broken bones. Seat belts in the back do not have these options.


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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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