Recently, in Kane County, Illinois, two 16-year olds were killed in a car accident. The accident happened around 5:00 p.m. this past Saturday, north of Elburn, Kane County, near Meredith and Beith roads. The two teenagers were traveling westbound in a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. Their truck stopped at an intersection stop sign. From here, the truck slowly crept into the intersection right in front of a southbound 1979 Peterbilt tractor-trailer carrying corn. The tractor-trailer crashed into the teens’ truck killing the two teens.
Teens and Auto Accidents
This may not surprise you, but teens are responsible for a high number of auto accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports that 221,313 teens visited the emergency room in 2014 for injuries they incurred in an auto accident. During that same year, 2,270 teens died because of a car accident.
The CDC also found that, in the year 2013, while young people between the ages of 15 and 19, represented only seven percent of the total United States population, they accounted for nearly 11 percent, or $10 billion, of the total cost of automotive injuries.
Teens and their Driving Habits
As noted above, teens are responsible for a high number of auto accidents annually. Here are some alarming statistics.
- Drivers that are 16 years of age have more accidents than drivers of any other age.
- Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers. In fact, on average, nearly six teenagers die everyday from auto accidents.
- Over 40 percent of all teenager auto accidents happen between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
- 88 percent of all teen drivers self-report that they multi-task while driving. This normally involves texting or other cell phone use.
- Simply talking on a cell phone doubles the chances of having a car accident and slows a teenage driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year old driver.
- 55 percent of all teen drivers self-report to texting their parents while driving.
If you are involved in an Auto Accident
If you are involved in an accident, and if it was not your fault, it is important that you know what actions to take. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages. For such compensation, you will need to prove that the driver at fault was at least negligent.
These cases are almost always settled before having to go to court. However, if you need to file your case with an Illinois court, you must file your case within the time allotted by Illinois’ statute of limitations. An experienced Illinois personal injury attorney will not only help establish your negligence claim, but will also ensure that your case is timely filed. An attorney will also deal with the insurance carriers and other third parties, will get you the medical treatment you need, and will allow you time to focus on your physical wellbeing during this difficult time.
In all, if you were involved in an accident at the fault of another, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney for your case. Fortunately, the Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are here for you. Our lawyers have the experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.