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Study Shows that Teens are Putting Off Getting Their Driver’s Licenses

A Chicago car accident lawyer at our firm saw an article that was posted on USAToday.com yesterday that discussed how recently teenagers have been waiting longer to get their driver’s license. This comes as a bit of surprise to use because it used to be that teenagers were excited and persistent about getting their license. The article found that because of the increase in public transportation, such as the “L”, the train, buses, and other means of transportations, teens have had no problem delaying getting their license. Another reason that teens are waiting longer is because the Internet and social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, make communicating with friends more accessible and doable from home. Research done by Gartner Research showed that “nearly half (46%) of 18- to- 24-year-olds would pick Internet access over having their own car.”

Our Illinois car accident lawyers feel that it is important that teens learn safe driving practices at an early age, such as with a driver’s permit, Also, some teenagers 18 and older fail to take certified driver’s education courses which can be detrimental when on the road. Inexperienced drivers can cause many severe accidents, including when teens are not aware of or do not follow traffic laws. Driving recklessly, maybe because of music, too many passengers, or technologic distractions, can also cause serious injury or even fatality not only to the teenage driver themselves, but also everyone that they share the road with.

People who are injured as a result of these drivers’ mistakes regardless of whether or not they were a passenger in the car, a pedestrian, a cyclist, or in another vehicle, can seek action to hold these negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Filing a lawsuit allows seriously injured people, or the loved ones of someone who may have been killed in an accident to seek reasonable compensation, and peace of mind. It also brings attention to the negative actions of the negligent driver, and hopefully show others what not to do.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, pleases contact us to see if a Chicago accident lawyer at our firm could help you. When involved in an accident, costly medical and and hospital visits could result in large sums of money to be paid. Also, if you are seriously injured, you may also need to take time off from work resulting in a loss of wages, or even be unable to work permanently. Filing a lawsuit would help to recover from those hefty costs. Please contact us to discuss your potential case.