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Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe From Car Accident Injuries This Summer

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Gurnee teen driver car accident lawyerOn Wednesday, July 25th, a Wheeling man was arrested after colliding with a Chevrolet Equinox and killing a Mount Prospect teenager. The 16-year-old driver was taken to the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. While the teenager was not in violation of traffic laws in any way, the accident was a stark reminder for parents throughout the greater Chicago area that young teens are at risk every time they travel via motor vehicle. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), automobile collisions are the leading cause of death among American teens. In 2015 alone, 2,333 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in automobile collisions throughout the United States. If a member of your family is injured in a motor vehicle collision, a personal injury attorney can provide invaluable legal assistance and help you determine your options for pursuing the compensation you deserve. 

Preventing Your Teen from Suffering Injury

For parents, few things are worse than hearing that their child has suffered an injury in a motor vehicle collision. Tragically, 235,585 teenagers were treated in American hospitals for injuries suffered in automobile collisions throughout 2015 alone. While preventing automobile collisions can be impossible at times, there are a few short conversations you can have with your teenage driver that could help limit their risk when they are on the road. 

  • Buckle Your Seatbelt: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the use of protective seat belts saved over 14,000 drivers throughout the United States in 2016 alone. For teenage drivers, buckling up can be the difference between life and death, and a friendly reminder to do so can make all the difference. 
  • Avoid Distracted Driving: Today’s young generation of drivers are constantly faced with the urge to utilize their cell phones or other devices while driving. Distracted driving is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans each year. The next time your teen is about to get behind the wheel, encouraging them to put down their phone may just save their life. 
  • Do Not Drink and Drive: Throughout 2016, more than 33% of all teenage driving fatalities involved the presence of alcohol. Drinking and driving continues to be one of the largest problems that law enforcement and traffic safety personnel face each year. Talking to your teen about the consequences of drinking and driving could be the difference in ensuring they arrive at their destination alive. 

Contact a Waukegan Personal Injury Attorney 

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our team understands just how important family truly is. If you and your family are impacted by the tragedy of an automobile collision, our compassionate Lake County car accident attorneys can provide the legal guidance and support you need, helping you recover compensation for the damages which you have suffered. To set up a free consultation, call our office today at 847-662-3303. 

Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/news/ct-ahp-teen-dies-in-wheeling-car-crash-tl-0726-story.html

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

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