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IL injury lawyerFor many American teenagers, getting their first driver’s license is a rite of passage that is eagerly met with excitement. Though this can be a fun time for teens, studies show that teenagers are one of the most accident-prone driving demographics. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are still the leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19. It can be scary to allow your teen to drive on their own, but fortunately, there are things you can do to decrease the risk of your teen getting into an accident. Here are a couple of tips you can use to teach your teenager how to be the best driver possible:

Ensure Your Teen Gets Enough Experience

Accidents commonly happen when teenagers are young and inexperienced. Many schools offer programs where teens can take driver’s education and end the course by successfully getting their driver’s license, but these programs often do not provide enough necessary driving time. Most school programs only offer students about six hours of driving practice, while the total number of hours needed to become proficient is somewhere around 50 hours. Make sure you give your teen enough time to feel comfortable behind the wheel and know what they are doing.

Set a Good Example

You are the parent and your teenager looks to you as a role model for how they should behave. You should make sure you are setting good driving examples for your teen to be following. By wearing your seatbelt every time you are in the car, not using your cell phone, not being distracted by other things, not speeding and not getting into fits of road rage, your teen knows how they should act while driving.

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IL injury lawyerGone are the days of stepping off of the street curb in a desperate attempt to get one of the dozens of taxi cabs to notice your flailing arms. Now, you can simply pull out your smartphone and with a few taps, you can have a car outside waiting to take you to where ever you want to go within minutes. Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have taken off and are becoming more popular than ever. Those these companies offer convenience and simplicity, they pose rather complex and often ambiguous situations, particularly when one of these ridesharing vehicles gets into a car accident with a passenger inside.

What Is a Ridesharing Company?

The Illinois Transportation Network Providers Act is the section of law that outlines rules and regulations for transportation network companies (TNCs). The Act defines a TNC as any entity that operates by use of a digital network to connect passengers to TNC drivers who provide ride services. A TNC driver owns his or her own vehicle and is not associated with any taxicab service. Popular TNCs include Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Via.

How Ridesharing Works

Ridesharing apps work by having a passenger log into the app and enter in the information pertaining to the ride, such as where the passenger is currently located and where they would like to go. This alerts nearby drivers that the passenger needs a ride. The app then utilizes GPS technology to direct the driver to the passenger’s location and then gives them directions to the destination. Passengers are typically provided with information such as estimated fares for certain routes and the number of drivers nearby, in addition to driver ratings and feedback from other passengers.

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IL injury lawyerIt is general knowledge that driving drunk, public intoxication, and open containers of alcohol are against the law. Of course, people do not always follow the law, and unfortunately, with alcohol, this can lead to injuries of third parties, particularly in car accidents involving drunk drivers. Once a person reaches the age of 21, alcohol is readily available from bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments that have a valid license to sell these products. Selling products that are known to lead to injuries from negligent behavior is a big responsibility, and while most are aware that a personal injury lawsuit may be filed against an intoxicated wrongdoer, many States, including Illinois, have laws that impose liability on business establishments that supply the alcohol. These laws, known as Dram Shop Laws, are in place to prevent vendors who sell liquor from providing alcohol to intoxicated persons because this practice puts the general public at risk.

A recent example of how this law may be used to hold a business liable appears in a lawsuit filed against a local bar in St. Clair County, Wisconsin. A woman traveling as a car passenger was injured in a crash by a driver who was intoxicated from alcohol served at the establishment. Dram Shop claims are more complicated than simple negligence claims, and an experienced personal injury attorney is needed to properly present them. A discussion of how this third-party liability is regulated in Illinois will follow below.

Proving the Vendor Was Responsible

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IL injury lawyerTraveling in a car or other motor vehicle always includes the risk of being in a car accident, but if drivers use care to operate their vehicles responsibly, this risk is relatively small. Unfortunately, not all drivers appreciate the need to act reasonably, and some even engage in reckless driving, which puts everyone in the vicinity in danger of being injured. Traveling at high speeds, weaving erratically in and out of traffic, and ignoring traffic signals are all examples of behavior that could be reckless. If another driver or passenger is injured because of a person’s reckless behavior, he/she will likely face legal liability for the harm caused.

The accidents that result from reckless driving are some of the worst on the road, and can greatly alter the lives of the victims. A man in Elkville was recently arrested for reckless driving near local schools, following multiple instances of erratic driving, including speeding past school buses unloading children. While, thankfully, no one was hurt, this situation illustrates how serious reckless driving can be, and shows that it can implicate not only liability for a personal injury but also criminal consequences if egregious. A discussion of what it means to engage in reckless driving, and the potential liability these drivers face if an accident occurs that results in injury, will follow below.

What Counts as Reckless Driving?

Statistics show that everyone should expect to experience a car accident at some point in their lives, typically three to four per person, though most are not serious. When serious accidents occur, and especially if it appears a driver was operating his/her vehicle in blatant disregard of others on road, moving violations are likely. Whether it be speeding, swerving between lanes without signaling, or other forms of erratic driving, putting others at unnecessary risk is often classified as reckless driving.

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