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Lake County car accident attorney drowsy driving

Just as it is dangerous for a person to drive while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, falling asleep at the wheel can lead to car accidentsserious injuries, and wrongful deaths. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were a reported 795 fatalities and 91,000 motor vehicle crashes linked to drowsy driving in 2017. There are a wide variety of factors that can contribute toward driver fatigue, and victims injured in an accident caused by a drowsy driver may be able to recover financial compensation for their pain and suffering, medical care, and property damage.

How Does Drowsiness Affect a Motorist?

When a person gets behind the wheel, he or she should be able to fully concentrate on the road, as split-second decisions often have to be made. A driver who is sleepy or feeling the effects of fatigue is likely to experience impairment to their motor functions and cognitive skills, including:

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Barrington drunk driving car accident attorney

For many people, the holidays are an opportunity to visit with friends, family, and loved ones. Ranging from dinner parties to work gatherings, the number of celebrations seem to be endless around this time of year. Depending on the occasion, alcoholic beverages may be served. For anyone who plans to drink, it is imperative to think ahead for a safe ride home. Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Illinois, and it can lead to devastating consequences, including life-threatening injuries and wrongful death. If you have been the victim of a car accident involving an intoxicated motorist, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. 

Holiday Drunk Driving Statistics

For a time of year that is supposed to bring joy and happiness, tragedy can often occur. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over the past five years, an average of 300 people have lost their lives due to drunk driving car accidents between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Even more shocking, 781 individuals died in December of 2016 because of an intoxicated motorist. Due to the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) this time of year, many police departments are likely to increase the number of officers and checkpoints on Illinois roadways.  

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Cook County auto collision injury attorney

When a teenager receives his or her license, it is a momentous occasion in his or her life. Having the freedom to explore new places can lead to feelings of both excitement and nervousness. Although a teen driver may be eager to hit the road, it is important for him or her to remember proper driving etiquette. Driving fast or playing loud music on a car's radio may seem cool; however, the possible outcomes of these actions can be devastating. In 2016, there were 2,082 teen drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. If your child has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death in a car accident, it is important to seek professional legal advice.

Teen Driving Statistics

In the United States, auto accidents are among the leading causes of teen deaths every year. Statistics show that teen drivers are twice as likely as adult drivers to be involved in a fatal auto accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016:

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Cook County drugged driving accident lawyer

Traffic violations, distracted driving, and drunk driving all contribute to the growing number of car accidents that occur throughout the United States. Not mentioned enough, however, is the topic of drugged driving. Every time a drugged motorist gets behind the wheel, society could be facing a potential disaster. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 16 percent of all motor vehicle crashes are caused by drivers under the influence of drugs. Victims of a car crash caused by a drugged driver could sustain life-changing injuries that can result in pain and suffering, extensive medical bills, and loss of freedom. If you or a loved one have suffered due to an impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation, depending on the circumstances of your case.  

Is it Legal to Drive While Under the Influence of Drugs?

Although “driving under the influence” is commonly associated with alcohol use, it can also relate to drug use. In Illinois, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of any intoxicating compounds that could make a person unable to drive safely. An impaired driver can receive a DUI for both legal and illegal drug use. For example, even though marijuana is legal for medicinal use in Illinois, and it will be legal for recreational use starting on January 1, 2020, a person may face DUI charges if they have more than five nanograms of THC per milliliter in their blood or 10 nanograms per milliliter in another bodily substance. Penalties such as heavy fines, prison time, and loss of one's driver’s license can result, and a person may also face civil judgments for injuries caused in an accident.

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Cook County car accident injury lawyer

Before getting behind the wheel of a car and hitting the road, it is important to remember that not everything is in your control. Car accidents can happen to any motorist at any time, regardless of whether the driver follows the rules of the road. In 2017, more than 6.45 million car accidents occurred throughout the United States. Actions taken after a collision can help determine whether medical attention is required, who is at fault, and if legal action needs to be taken. While planning for a vehicle collision is almost impossible, understanding the process of what to do after a crash can help you make sure you can recover compensation from those who were responsible.

The Type of Collision Can Affect the Outcome

Based on the location and force of impact at the time of the accident, outcomes can differ significantly. For example, the aftermath of a rear-end collision could be drastically different from a head-on collision. Being struck from behind can result in whiplash, but colliding with another vehicle in front or being hit on the side or “T-boned” at an intersection can prove fatal in some cases. 

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