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DuPage County car accident attorney, teen car accident, graduated licenses, car accident claim, teen driversDo graduated licenses help to reduce teen car accident deaths in DuPage County and throughout the state of Illinois? According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, since 2007—shortly before the state instituted its graduated license program—rates of teen car crash deaths have declined by more than 50 percent. That data comes from the Illinois Secretary of State office, and experts cite the graduated license program as the reason for fewer traffic fatalities involving teen drivers in the state.

What should you know about current teen car accident fatalities and the graduated license requirements under Illinois law?

Teen Motor Vehicle Death Rates Decline By Half in the Last Decade

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motor vehicle crash, motor vehicle crash report, DuPage County car accident attorney, car accident statistics, DUI accidents

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases a report concerning car accident statistics and fatalities on roads throughout the country. In 2016, fatal motor vehicle crashes rose again, just as they did between 2014 and 2015, according to the report.

As the report explains, in the last decade we have been seeing a generally downward trend in motor vehicle crash fatality rates. Yet in 2016, the NHTSA reported a total of 37,461 fatalities as a result of traffic collisions on U.S. roadways, which was a 5.6 percent increase from 2015, in which 35,485 fatalities were reported.

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auto accidents, DuPage County auto accident lawyer, drowsy driving, drowsy teen driving, car accident injuriesResidents of DuPage County may wonder how starting school later could have an impact on auto accident and bus accident rates around the Chicago suburbs. While the answer might not seem immediately apparent, the answer concerns drowsy driving and its effect on traffic collisions.

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, “if school districts throughout the state [of Illinois] moved starting times to 8:30 a.m., so middle and high school students could sleep longer, Illinois’ economy would gain $1 billion within five years.” That economic increase would come from a drastic drop in motor vehicle crash rates, the Rand Corp. reported via a recent study.

Drowsy driving is a serious issue among teen drivers, even though it often does not get as much attention as teen driving issues such as distracted driving or impaired driving. 

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DuPage County car accident lawyer, distracted driving, cell phone use, car accident, car accident claimsDrivers in DuPage County and throughout Illinois are banned from using handheld electronic communication devices on the road (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2). However, a study conducted earlier this year suggests that a large percentage of Illinois car accidents continue to happen as a result of distracted driving and cellphones use. 

To be sure, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, about 25 percent of drivers involved in a crash were on their phones immediately before the collision occurred. In other words, drivers are breaking the law concerning handheld cellphone use, and they may be causing traffic accidents.

Understanding Illinois Cellphone Ban

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DuPage County personal injury attorney, car accident, safe road trip, car safety, car accident injuriesSummer is the perfect time to take an extended vacation, and traveling families often utilize their own vehicles so they can stop to see sights along the way. However, road trips pose their own unique set of dangers. Consider the following tips to increase the likelihood that you arrive at your destination without becoming the victim of a car accident.

Perform Appropriate Maintenance on Your Vehicle Before Departure

It is imperative to perform routine maintenance on your vehicle throughout the year to avoid excess dangers. However, many procrastinate on this necessary precaution. At the very least, before any long road trip, a thorough checkup is in order.

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