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DuPage County auto accident lawyer, car accident risks, concussions and car accidents, car accident injuries, traumatic brain injuryWhen we hear about concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) connected to automobile accidents in DuPage County, we often learn that the traffic collision caused the brain injury. Indeed, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights, motor vehicle crashes are the third-leading cause of TBIs in the country, resulting in about 14 percent of all brain injury deaths each year. But can brain injuries cause car accidents?

According to a recent report from Reuters Health, while we often consider car accidents to be a proximate cause of TBIs, we rarely discuss the situations in which concussions and other brain injuries can produce symptoms that increase a driver’s likelihood of being involved in a collision.

A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine indicates that many medical professionals who treat younger athletes for concussion understand that the injury raises the risk of being involved in a car accident, but very few advise their patients against driving. 

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DuPage County car accident lawyer, car accident claims, car accident injuries, car crashes, driver negligenceWhen considering the reasons why teen drivers are more likely to be involved in car accidents in DuPage County than older drivers, one may assume that teens do not have the same skills as more experienced drivers. However, according to a recent study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles and reported by CBS News, many teens performed better than older motorists, even when traversing some of the worst roads in the state. In other words, teens may have more technical driving skills than most of us. Why, then, do teen drivers have a higher rate of serious and fatal collisions?

Teens Have Higher Skill Ratings Than Older Drivers

The study looked at 100 novice drivers who were preparing for their driver’s license test. The drivers were not necessarily teens, but were simply inexperienced drivers who were just learning to drive. Generally speaking, the researchers determined that teen drivers tend to have a higher skill rating than even slightly older drivers, and that is true for both male and female drivers. While female teen drivers have less confidence in their driving skills than male teen drivers, the study showed no difference in skill set among male and female drivers. Where the difference comes in is age. To reiterate, teens tend to have better driving skills than older drivers.

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DuPage County auto accident lawyer, automated car features, reduce car accidents,  automated technology, motor vehicle crashesAutomated vehicle technologies are designed to reduce serious and fatal car accidents, but do they actually work? We are not referring here to fully automated vehicles, but rather to technologies that already are in a high percentage of cars on the road, such as adaptive cruise control or a lane-departure warning system.

According to a recent article in The Drive, automation that removes human error from driving could one day help decrease accidents that killed more than 40,000 Americans last year. However, that statement assumes that drivers in DuPage County and throughout the country not only are willing to use automated technology, but that they also understand how it works and are using it properly.

Otherwise, according to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), automated technology could end up having no impact at all on the rate of motor vehicle collisions. What do you need to know about the benefits and limitations of automated vehicle technology?

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DuPage County car accident attorney, drowsy driving, car crashes, car accident, car accident caseAre most drowsy driving accidents in DuPage County caused by college students who do not recognize the harms associated with fatigued driving? According to a recent report from Reuters, a new study suggests that while driving drowsy is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, college students may see it as unavoidable and not a legal risk.

Recently, we discussed a new AAA study that shows drowsy driving crashes might happen even more frequently than researchers and safety advocates previously believed. Now, according to this study, undergraduate students potentially should be targeted for education surrounding drowsy driving motor vehicle accident risks.

Undergraduate Students May Be Riskier Drivers

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DuPage County auto accident lawyer, drowsy driving, car crashes, auto accidents, car accidentAuto accidents in DuPage County can have many different causes, including distracted driving, aggressive driving, and drunk driving. While more reports have been assessing the links between drowsy driving and car crashes in Illinois and throughout the country, a recent news release from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discusses a study that suggests fatigued driving is to blame for far more collisions than we previously believed.

Whether you commute home to DuPage County from your office in Chicago after a long day of work or regularly take family road trips, it is important to understand the risks of drowsy driving and to learn more about the recent AAA study.

Study Uses Footage of Drivers to Gauge Sleepiness Behind the Wheel

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