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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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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Teen-related car accidents are every parent’s worst fear. Handing keys over to the teen in your life when they are finally legal to drive is perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking things you will experience as a parent or mentor throughout the course of their lifetime. The freedom that may be given to a teen when they acquire a driver’s license is a positive, exciting experience, but it also opens them up to a number of new dangers on the road, increasing their overall risk of being involved in a collision. Teen Driving Behaviors That Place Them - and Everyone around Them - at Risk According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), research shows that inexperienced drivers, typically 16 and 17 years of age, dominate many fatal crash statistics. Certain driving behaviors in particular significantly increase a teen’s chance of causing or being involved in a collision. Adults and teenagers alike are guilty of these habits, but teens tend to be more easily influenced by their peers and are more likely to make such decisions behind the wheel. Ignoring Seat Belts -  This is one of the most common choices teens make behind the wheel, which in turn places everyone at risk. According to data from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) and the Fatality Analysis Report System (FARS), teen years are a critical time for seat belt habits. Studies show that seat belt use declines during these years and that encouragement and awareness are strongly needed. Studies also indicate that parents, in particular, play a huge role in the prevention of accident and injury among teen drivers, and that simple reminders to use seat belts can make a significant difference in nationwide fatality statistics. Distracted Driving - Distracted driving problems have been on the increase over the last decade due to a shift in access to technological devices behind the wheel. Teens are especially susceptible to texting and talking on the phone while driving, but other behaviors, such as interacting with other passengers, eating, or playing with the radio are all to blame for distracted driving-related accidents and injury.

Influenced Driving - Sadly, due to peer pressure and other external influences, many teens make the decision to operate a vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of other drugs, such as marijuana. Not only does this put them at risk for accident and injury, it also places them at risk for the serious consequences that accompany breaking underage drinking and driving laws. NHTSA statistics show that when the consumption of alcohol is involved, the severity of crashes among 15 to 20-year-olds is increased. There is also a correlation between the tendency for underage, teen drivers who have been drinking and driving to also not use seat belt restraints, which further enhances the chances for such accidents to be fatal.

The NHTSA reports that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among teen drivers. While we cannot prevent each and every teen from being involved in an accident, we can play a role in the prevention of injury and life-threatening collisions by raising awareness and living by example.

If you find yourself in a collision due to negligent teen driving, you need to speak with a skilled Lake County car accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 for a personal consultation.



Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,The parents of a young man who was killed in a fatal crash caused by speeding released a video he was recording at the time of the crash. The family hope that the shocking footage will help convince young people to slow down and help save lives.

The crash occurred in Sussex, England. The 21-year-old victim, who was a passenger but owned the vehicle, was recording the video as his 20-year-old friend, who was unlicensed, hit speeds of 90 mph. According to the coroner’s report, the two were highly intoxicated on drugs. They can be heard in the video prodding each other. The passenger says to his friend, “You’re doing 90 boy, slow down,” and seconds later the car crashed into the wall of a church. The two were killed instantly.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of young people in this country. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4,000 teens between the ages of 15 through 20 are killed every year in car crashes. Another 250,000 are seriously injured.


Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,A new report issued by the National Safety Council (NSC) reveals that it is unsafe for teen age drivers to have any passengers in the vehicle with them. One study cited by the NSC found that even one passenger in the vehicle increases the risk of an accident by almost 45 percent.

Besides texting or using their cell phones, there are several common dangerous activities that many teens engage in while driving, including applying makeup, eating, searching for a radio station, going through a backpack or purse in search of an item, and even reading. The NSC says that another item that should be added to the list of things that cause distracted driving for teens is having a passenger in the vehicle with them.

The number of teens who are killed in fatal car crashes is out of proportion compared to the number of teen drivers there actually are on the road.  When the fatal crash rate per mile of teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 years of age is compared to the fatal crash rate per mile of drivers who are over 20 years of age, the teen driver fatal crash rate is three times higher. Yet, there are many more adult drivers on U.S. roads than there are teen age drivers. The fatal crash rate per mile for drivers who are 16 and 17 years old is twice as high as the rate for 18 and 19 year-old driver.


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Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois car accident attorney, Illinois wrongful death lawyer,The National Safety Council ("NSC") has reported that auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In fact, the summer season is considered by the NSC to include the "100 deadliest days for teen drivers." Recent studies suggest that the main cause for these heartbreaking fatalities is the absence of seat belt use by young adults. In a study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and funded by the General Motors Company, it was discovered that in 2012 over half of the almost 2,500 teens who were killed in car accidents were not wearing seat belts. The automotive accident attorneys here at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. believe that many of these fatal motor vehicle accidents could have been prevented if teenagers received more education about the importance of seat belts and other precautions.

Safety Precautions for Teenage Drivers and Passengers

Seat belt use could have easily prevented many of the teen fatalities caused by accidents. Evidence suggests that though the number of teen traffic deaths have decreased since they peaked in 2012, the percentage of deaths caused by the absence of seat belts is still at the same level as 2002. Here in Illinois, state law requires that every driver and front seat passenger must wear a fastened seat belt on all streets and highways. Some suggest that harsher seat belt laws should be put in place to prevent such unnecessary fatalities. However, instead of strengthening seat belt laws, another way to increase teen use of seat belts could be to first obtain an understanding of why teens are refraining from seat belt use in the first place. The Safe Kids Worldwide report contained the results of a survey conducted among 1,000 teenagers in-between the ages of 13 to 19 years old. The purpose of this survey was to determine why teenagers are not wearing seat belts, as well as their attitudes towards seat belt use; hopefully the results can be used to formulate tactics that further encourage the consistent use of this safety device.

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