The State Journal-Register recently discussed a tragic car accident that took the lives of two area teens. Late last month a head-on crash on Illinois 29, just north of the Sangamon River Bridge, killed a 17 year old driver and a 14 year old passenger. Another 14 year old passenger was seriously injured in the accident. None of the teens were wearing seat belts. The deaths have sparked a community-wide discussion into driving safety and the importance of following safe practices while behind the wheel.
Teen drivers are especially vulnerable to lapses in driving care standards. Sadly, at least 8 teenagers die each day in car crashes, amounting to over 3,000 each year. Hundreds of thousands are injured yearly in the crashes, at least partially caused by the fact that one in ten teens do not even wear safety belts while in the car.
Other common hazards for teen drivers are speeding and texting. A recent study also found that teens who text while driving are a staggering 23 times more likely to get in an accident that those that do not. Driving inexperience often leads to accidents, because many teens are less likely to notice dangerous situations ahead of them and take steps to slow down in time.
One local teacher explains another common problem, “I think most teens are safe drivers. However, when multiple teens are in a car with a teen driver there is a greater chance that driver can be distracted and get into a crash.”
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain troubled by every new car accident that takes the life of a young community member. Few experiences cause more hardship and turmoil. We urge all young drivers to understand the risk of their driving behavior and encourage parents to do everything possible to pass along the message to the next generation.
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