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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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car accident injuries, motor vehicle collisions,  traffic collision, child fatalities, car seat problemsIf you have a young child who requires a car seat, do you know that you have installed the seat properly such that your child is less likely to sustain fatal injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Lombard? Most parents know  their young children need to use car seats in order to stay safe and to abide by the law. However, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, car seats are often improperly installed or parents use car seats that are not age-appropriate.

What does Illinois law say about car accident injury prevention and safety seats? And what can the recent article teach parents about promoting safety and preventing injuries in the event of a traffic collision?

Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act

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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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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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Chicago car accident attorney, contributory fault, comparative fault, auto bodily injury claims, car accident claimsWhen another driver has caused a serious car accident that led to your injuries, it is important to think about filing a car accident claim in DuPage County. Even if you think you might have been partially to blame for a collision, it is important to avoid discussing liability with anyone—from the other driver to an auto insurance company—until you have spoken with a DuPage County car accident lawyer.

Why should you avoid discussing fault with anyone? If you do file a car accident claim, the defendant may be able to raise the defense of comparative fault, or contributory fault, in order to avoid be responsible for 100 percent of the damages.

You should know that, even if you do bear some responsibility for an accident, you can still recover damages from the defendant under Illinois law. 

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