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Since cell phones became a part of our daily lives, distracted driving car accidents have skyrocketed. The numerous alerts, phone calls, and social media posts that we can scroll through and respond to have led many drivers to prioritize their notifications over their safety on the road. Many drivers may be willing to place themselves at risk to quickly respond to a text or answer a call, but they often forget that momentarily looking away from the road places other motorists at risk of injuries as well. For this reason, Illinois law enforcement has stiffened the penalties tied to distracted driving and one county has set up a special program to tackle this offense.

What Is Considered Distracted Driving?

There are three areas in which one can get distracted while driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. When you take your eyes off the road to grab something in your purse or send a quick text response, you are visually distracted. Manual distractions include anything that takes one or more hands off the steering wheel to perform an action, such as picking up a cup of coffee or your cell phone. Cognitive distractions occur when you are not paying attention to the road or what is going on around you. This may cause you to disregard the speed limit or fail to notice a car stopped right in front of you. Illinois stiffened its distracted driving penalties in 2019 by banning the use of handheld devices and labeling the penalty as a moving violation. These moving violations go on your record and just three in one year can lead to your driver’s license being suspended. This Illinois law prohibits the following:

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Schaumburg personal injury attorney truck accident

With I-90 and I-290 passing through northwestern Cook County, Illinois motorists share the road with a large number of semi-trucks and are at risk of falling victim to the accidents they often cause. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports over 10,000 accidents involving large trucks each year, with a troubling 5.2 percent increase in fatalities caused by semi-truck accidents from 2017 to 2018. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be facing not only severe injuries and costly medical expenses, but also the challenge of identifying all liable parties in order to seek compensation.

Possible Parties at Fault in a Truck Accident

Any accident caused by the negligence of another party can result in compensation for injury victims, but depending on the nature and causes of a truck accident, a number of parties may share in the liability. Some of the most frequently at-fault parties include:

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Schaumburg personal injury attorney pedestrian accident

Pedestrians are severely injured too frequently on Illinois roadways. While this typically occurs in a city setting, stay-at-home orders have made many people more inclined to escape the confines of their home, even for a little while, by going for a walk around the block. As Illinois moves into its fourth stage of reopening, there will be many more cars on the road, which can pose a greater risk to runners, walkers, and bikers. Restaurants and stores may be reopening, but many companies still have their employees working remotely to avoid further spread of COVID-19. With an increase in cars and a consistent stream of pedestrian traffic, it is important to stay vigilant while walking to avoid suffering from life-altering injuries as a result of a serious car accident. Even if you follow the below safety tips, a reckless driver may be responsible for your pedestrian accident. 

Safety First

The following tips are compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to keep you safe while exercising:

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Rolling Meadows car accident attorney teen driver

Whether you have a teen of your own who recently started driving, or you know a parent with a new teen driver in the family, encouraging roadway safety for teenagers among our community as a whole helps protect everyone on the highway from car accidents and injuries. In today’s technology-centric world, many parents, teachers, and friends assume that the number-one risk for teens behind the wheel is distracted driving, such as texting and cell phone use. While it is true that distracted driving is responsible for 25-50 percent of all accidents according to AAA, it is important to be aware that texting and talking on the phone only accounts for a fraction of risky driving behaviors. Many other forms of reckless driving exist, and these other factors often contribute to the teen-related car accident statistics we hear about.

Teen Vehicle Collisions: More Than Just Distracted Driving

When drivers are operating a motor vehicle, they must be alert and focus their attention on the road ahead of them, as well as their surroundings. This is especially true for new motorists who lack the experience of driving in traffic, inclement weather, or construction zones. In addition to being distracted by their cell phones, there are other dangerous behaviors that teen drivers may engage in that can ultimately cause a car accident, such as the following:

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Arlington Heights car accident attorney teen driver

The mere thought of your teenager experiencing a car accident or injury can be incredibly overwhelming, especially as you watch him or her venture out onto the open road as a new driver for the first time. Statistically speaking, the number of teen drivers has declined significantly over the past 30 years. According to a 2016 study, almost half of all 16-year-olds were licensed drivers back in 1983, but less than a quarter of teens had their license at this age in 2016. The increasing cost of insurance and fuel, paired with increased access to public transit systems and rideshare programs, are all believed to be at least partially responsible for this change. Yet, most teens do eventually get their license. In fact, almost two thirds of all 19-year-olds were documented as having their license in 2016. What do these trends mean for parents, and how can you help to ensure your teen is a safe and responsible driver, regardless of age? Below are a few tips for both parents and their kids when experiencing this milestone:

Set an Example

It is true that children tend to mimic their parents, even as they get older. Teens are also likely to ignore advice when their parents’ actions are contrary to their words. In short, one of the best ways to help your teen be a safe and responsible driver is to practice what you preach. Do not use your cell phone while driving, and avoid all other distractions like applying makeup or eating behind the wheel. Obey traffic laws and resist the urge to speed or act aggressively toward other drivers. Not only will you reduce your own risk of experiencing an accident, but you will also show your teen that driver safety really is the number one priority. 

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