While a driver’s license gives you the opportunity to drive and be independent, like with any privilege, it also comes with responsibility.
It is every driver’s responsibility to follow the rules and laws of the roads, driving in a safe manner so as to prevent car accidents. As the number of fatal car accidents continues to rise, it is obvious that some driver’s have not been taking this responsibility as seriously as they should. In 2013 and 2014 there was a total of around 2,000 people that were killed in car accidents.
Car accidents can occur anywhere, at any time, to anyone. It has been found that in the state of Illinois at least two people are killed every day in a car accident, while nine people or more are injured every hour. Not only can car accident injuries greatly impact a person’s life, it costs all parties involved in the accident, the state and insurance companies around 5.7 billion dollars annually. This is a lot of money being spent, but it could be easily saved if people knew what the main causes of car accidents are and how to avoid getting into one.
While there is no single cause of car accidents, many accidents are caused by distraction and inexperience. Young drivers under the age of 18-years-old are responsible for causing many car accidents. Young drivers may be eager to get behind the wheel and this may cause them to completely ignore the laws of the road and drive in a reckless and unsafe manner. Additionally, speeding was responsible for one third of the total 258,000 collisions, and alcohol was involved in a third of all fatal traffic accidents.
It may not be possible to control everyone’s speed and driving habits, but there are things that can be done to help decrease the number of accidents on the road. By following the speed limit, avoiding distractions, and not texting and driving, many accidents can be avoided. To help reduce the number of car accidents, Illinois now has safe phone zones, which let travelers use technology safely during travel. This may not prevent every accident from occurring, but it may save the lives of many who choose to be safe while on the road.
Illinois Personal Injury Accident Lawyer
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident, you should get in touch with a competent Chicago car accident attorney, especially if someone has been fatally injured. Make sure you choose to work with an attorney who is experienced in handling fatal accident cases as they may be in the best position to help family members get the compensation they deserve following the loss of their loved one. At Willens Law Offices we care deeply and understand that no sum of money can replace the loss of a loved one or a permanent injury. However, we feel that those who jeopardize the lives of others by behaving recklessly should pay for their actions.