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IL injury lawyerApril is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. National campaigns aimed at reducing the number of distracted driving incidents have recognized the seriousness of the issue. Distracted driving is defined as engaging in other activities that take the driver’s attention away from the road. This type of behavior behind the wheel has been shown to compromise the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians, as well as other motorists. According to the Illinois State Police, driver inattention is a factor in over one million car accidents in the United States each year.

Types of Distraction

There are three main types of distraction when it comes to driving:

  • Visual: Driver takes his or her eyes off the road
  • Manual: Driver takes his or her hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: Driver takes his or her mind off of driving

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that when traveling at 55 mph, reading or sending a text message takes your eyes off the road for approximately five seconds, which is long enough for a car to cover the length of a football field. In these situations, it greatly reduces the driver’s stopping distance in the event the driver in front suddenly slows down or comes to a complete stop.

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IL injury lawyerIn the United States, finally getting your driver’s license is a rite of passage that many teenagers enjoy when they turn 16. Though the feeling of driving without parental supervision is exciting to most teenagers, with great freedom comes great responsibility. Teen drivers can pose a risk to themselves and others because of their inexperience on the road and increased likeliness to participate in dangerous behaviors while they are driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,200 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2017. Further, car crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Teens are not the only ones who can be injured in a car accident, however. Often times, the risky behaviors that they engage in also put others on the road at risk. Here are a few dangerous behaviors that could result in a car accident:

  • Distracted driving: One of the biggest problems plaguing our nation’s roads in recent years is distracted driving. While all drivers can become distracted when they are behind the wheel, it tends to be an extremely common occurrence for teens. Distracted driving occurs when you are not focusing on driving for any reason. One of the biggest distractions while driving is using a smartphone, though teens also face other common distractions such as other passengers in the car.
  • Speeding: Speeding is also something that is very dangerous and is done by more than just teen drivers. Teens are notorious for speeding because they either disregard traffic laws are distracted while they are driving or they just are inexperienced and do not know what the speed limit is. No matter what, speeding is dangerous and can result in serious accidents.
  • Driving while under the influence: The number of teen drivers who drive while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol has decreased significantly in the past few decades, though it still occurs throughout the country. Drunk driving kills thousands of people each year and injures thousands more. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a drunk teen driver, you could be eligible for compensation.

Have You Been Injured in a Teen Car Accident? You Need Help From a Glenview, IL Car Accident Injury Attorney Right Away

Though driving can be a source of freedom and independence for many teens, it can also prove to be dangerous. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed because of an irresponsible teen driver, speaking with a skilled Park Ridge, IL car accident injury lawyer is crucial. At the Quinn Law Group, LLC, we know the kind of difficulties you and your family face after a traffic accident. We can help you get your life back on track and receive the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at 847-232-7180 to schedule a free consultation.

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IL car accident lawyerDistracted driving has become a problem in recent years, with the number of crashes involving distracted drivers steadily increasing year after year, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 3,477 people were killed in car crashes involving a distracted driver and another 391,000 injured in 2015.

What Is Distracted Driving?

When people talk about distracted driving, oftentimes the conversation revolves around texting and driving, but that’s not the only distraction that could take your mind off the road. The NHTSA has identified three main types of distractions:

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