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With Thanksgiving this week and the holiday season upon us, many will likely be making travel plans to spend time with friends and family. In fact, AAA is reporting that this year will see the most travel for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2007. This will probably mean more cars on the road and more traffic for drivers across the country to contend with as they navigate the roadways later this week. Experts are warning drivers to prepare for the biggest Thanksgiving travel rush in a number of years. Of course, with more traffic comes the possibility of car accidents, as well.

Reasons for Increased Traffic

Those planning on traveling this holiday should expect to be on the roadways a little longer, according to a projection by auto club AAA. AAA is anticipating a 4.2 percent increase in travel as compared to last year, with 46.3 million people expected to travel at least 50 miles from their homes during the holiday weekend. If correct, this would be the highest traffic volume reported since the year 2007. Experts are saying that more people are willing and able to travel this year as compared to recent years past due to an improved economy, a larger amount of disposable income, lower gas prices, and overall consumer optimism. With increased consumer confidence, they say, comes an increased desire to travel for the holiday season.
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Teen driver fatalities in Illinois are down sharply since 2007, and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White credits the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing program that he championed in 2008 as a key factor.

There were 155 teen driving accident deaths in 2007 and 71 teen driving accident fatalities in 2013, according to Illinois Department of Transportation figures that White cited Oct. 20 for the kickoff of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The legislation implemented stricter teen driver provisions:
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Over the past decade, we have made great strides in the field of automotive safety technology, however, car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for children and adolescents. Last year, there were more than 650 children (12 years of age or younger) killed in traffic related accidents. 31 additional children died as a result of heatstroke from being left in a sweltering car. 150,000 other children are seriously injured as passengers in automobiles every year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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Our lawyers have over 25 years of experience helping clients seek compensation for catastrophic injuries suffered because of another party’s negligent or reckless actions, and that includes design defects. It’s a scary thought to know that there have been 390 million vehicles recalled for design defects since the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. That’s a pretty massive number, and from it one could certainly infer that there are millions of cars out there that are being poorly made. However, at Levin & Perconti we choose to look at the glass half full; our attorneys see this huge number as a sign that regulatory agencies and automotive companies alike are doing what is right and keeping our nation’s drivers safe. Automotive recalls have saved countless lives, and continue to be a crucial cog in the building of company-client trust. Still, in order for these recalls to save lives, people need to remain informed, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come up with a plan to help them do just that.
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It’s a new year; resolutions have been made, and people are looking to the future, wondering what 2015 might have in store. At the very least, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes that key technological advances will bring a year with fewer traffic injuries and deaths. The NHTSA is our country’s preeminent automotive regulatory agency, and they are always working on one project or another to improve public safety on the road. At any one time the NHTSA is conducting dozens of research-intensive projects aimed at making our lives safer. According to recent reports, one such venture could yield more than $3 billion in profits for the United States economy, and prevent some 300 fatalities every year.
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If you’re a parent with a teenager, you know that getting them car insurance will cost you an arm and a leg. That’s because young drivers between the ages of fifteen and twenty years old are more likely to be involved in collisions and be killed in traffic accidents than any other demographic. In fact, drivers under the age of twenty are involved in three times as many fatal accidents as all other drivers combined. With that in mind, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a strategy to prevent deaths and injuries among teen drivers.
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Every state in America now applies two statutory offenses for driving under the influence of alcohol. The first is known by three different names: driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated or while impaired (DWI), and operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired (OWI). This offense is usually based on an officer’s observations (e.g., driving behavior, sobriety tests, slurring of speech, etc.) The second offense is known as the “illegal per se” statute, which refers to driving with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 g/dL. Since 2002, every state in the Union has agreed that a BAC of 0.08 makes a driver alcohol-impaired, but some studies have shown that operators have driving deficiencies at even lower levels. (Alcohol Alert!)
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Our central and peripheral nervous systems (CNS & PNS) and their various functions are incredibly complex, and this is something that we often take for granted. The CNS (comprised of our brain & spinal cord) and PNS (enclosed bundles of axons, or nerves) are responsible for transmitting neurological signals to and from various parts of the body in order to control and coordinate our voluntary and involuntary actions. Despite all the progress that has been made in modern medicine and public health, we remain at the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to our understanding of our own cognitive function; however, one thing is clear: keeping these neurological processes in good working order is directly correlated with our quality of life.
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Frontal air bags first became a standard automotive safety feature in the 1980s, and while they were certainly a good start, original air bags still had some functional issues to work out in order to improve occupant safety. They deployed in a uniform manner regardless of the occupant, and this frequently caused injuries, and in rare cases even fatalities among children and smaller adults.

Air bags have come a long way since then, and today the sophisticated sensing systems utilized by advanced frontal air bags are far more efficacious in protecting drivers and front seat passengers. Still, no matter how smart your air bag is, it is important to remember that these devices are only supplemental restraint systems. To ensure that you and your passengers are as safe as possible, there are several other key safety precautions that should be utilized in a complementary fashion:
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Statistics tell us that automobile accident rates differ from age group to age group, and when it comes to traffic collisions injury rates are subject to the fluctuations, especially in the case of older drivers. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers and passengers over the age of 75 are much more likely to sustain injuries and die in less serious crashes.

As a person ages, their body naturally grows more fragile, and this not only makes them more susceptible to accident injuries, it also reduces the chance of them recovering from their injuries. Even when older drivers are able to make a full recovery, the process is slower and more arduous. In 2014, many members of the baby boomer generation are approaching their 60s and 70s, and that means there will be more elderly drivers on the road in the years to come. With this in mind, it is important to educate ourselves and do what we can to reduce preventable injuries and fatalities among our older vehicle occupants. Here are just a few of the ways that people can make a positive impact:
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