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DuPage County car accident attorney, uninsured motorist, uninsured motorist claims, auto accident, driver negligenceHow often are you sharing the road in DuPage County with an uninsured motorist? According to a recent article in the Insurance Journal, approximately one out of every eight drivers does not have automobile insurance and thus is putting insured drivers at greater risk in the event of an auto accident. In some regions of the country, the percentage of uninsured motorists on the road is as high as 20 percent. This information comes from a recent study conducted by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) and the Hanover Insurance Group. What else should Lombard drivers know about the risks of auto accidents involving uninsured drivers?

High Costs of Auto Accidents with Uninsured Drivers

The number of uninsured drivers on the highways and streets of the U.S. has been on the rise in recent years, according to the IRC study. Between 2010 and 2015, the rate rose from 12.3 percent to 13 percent on average across the country. And these accidents are extremely costly in terms of financial burden, not to mention the physical and emotional one. The average cost of an uninsured motorist claim is approximately $20,000, and that excludes claims for property damage (or damage to the motor vehicle).

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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 motor vehicle accident lawyer, promote safe driving, car accident, driver negligence, truck accidentsCar crashes and truck accidents occur more often than they need to in DuPage County and on the highways running throughout the Chicago suburbs. And even when accidents cannot be prevented entirely, there are many ways that the severity of those collisions and the resulting injuries could be lessened.

However, according to a recent article in the Illinois News Network, there is not a lot of public support for making changes to the state’s safe driving laws. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently released a 2018 report on safe driving laws, but Illinois residents largely do not want to see any of these changes implemented.

Recommendations for Safe Driving Laws in Illinois

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DuPage County car accident attorney, cell phone use, car crashes, distracted driving, driver negligenceJust how dangerous is it to use your cell phone while you are driving in DuPage County? If you are using a hands-free device while you are driving—which is legal—are you still putting yourself and others at risk of a motor vehicle crash? And if you violate Illinois law and use a handheld smartphone to talk or text while you are behind the wheel, is your risk of causing a collision significantly greater than drivers using hands-free devices or drivers who are not using cell phones at all?

A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety addresses smartphone use and road safety, concluding that utilizing a cell phone while driving can significantly impair driving performance.

In other words, the report seeks to clarify once and for all that cell phone use behind the wheel does indeed greatly increase the risk of a serious auto accident. What else do you need to know about the conclusions of this study and its implications for traffic collision hazards in DuPage County?

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car accident case, DuPage County car accident attorney, driver negligence, road rage, aggressive drivingOne of the major causes of car accidents in DuPage County is aggressive driving. There are several different ways that aggressive driving can happen, from speeding and tailgating to incidents of serious road rage.

According to a news release from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, around 80 percent of all drivers on the road noted anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once throughout the previous year. That information came out of a study conducted by AAA on aggressive driving and road rage, which also determined that approximately eight million U.S. drivers participated in extreme examples of road rage, such as "purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver."

To be clear, when aggressive driving causes an accident, the injury victim may be eligible to file a claim against the aggressive driver based on a theory of negligence. 

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