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DuPage County car accident lawyer, car accident injuries, drugged driving, DUI accidents, car crashesWe often hear about the dangers of drinking and driving in Lombard and throughout Chicagoland. For instance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 10,000 people suffer fatal injuries in alcohol-impaired accidents each year, and drunk driving causes nearly 30 percent of all reported motor vehicle crash deaths in the United States. In addition, more than one million drivers are arrested each year for DUIs, and about 111 million drivers admit to drinking and driving. To be clear, drunk driving is a serious problem that leads to deadly motor vehicle crashes. What about other forms of impairment? According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, more drivers are causing drugged driving accidents than ever before.

Growing Dangers of Drugged Driving Crashes

If you thought drunk driving was a serious problem, it is time to recognize that drugged driving has also become a significant cause of serious and sometimes fatal traffic collisions. Indeed, according to the article, an increasing percentage of drivers who die in road accidents test positive for drugs. In order to combat the problem, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) emphasizes that states must do a better job of educating the general public and law enforcement on the risks of driving while on marijuana, opioids, and other substances.

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DuPage County auto accident attorney, pedestrian injury, car accident injuries, personal injury claims, Illinois car crashHit-and-run accidents have been a serious problem in DuPage County, Cook County, and throughout the Chicago area for quite some time now. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, the problem may be getting worse.

Indeed, a new study highlights that deadly hit-and-run crashes are at a historical high. For Chicagoland residents, that news is particularly devastating given the recent string of hit-and-run collisions that have injured and killed motorists and pedestrians alike. For example, last summer a police officer and a civilian suffered injuries in a hit-and-run accident, and a pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while attempting to cross the street last month.

What should pedestrians and motorists alike know about the rising rates of hit-and-run crashes?

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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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