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How safe are backseat car passengers?

Many people in the Litchfield area choose their vehicles based on appearance, safety and affordability. While they are shopping for the ideal vehicle for their situation, they may not realize they should also take into consideration how safe the backseat of their vehicles is for their passengers. According to CBS News, the backseat is not the safest place for adult passengers. Younger rear seat occupants have a lower safety risk.

What are the benefits of keeping kids rear-facing in a car?

You may have heard the recent recommendations that children be kept in a rear-facing position while riding in a car until they reach the age of two. Previous recommendations said your child could turn around once he or she turned one. So, what has changed?

Tips to avoid distracted driving

Distracted driving is a concerning issues in Illinois. With the rise of mobile device use and advances in technology, drivers are having more trouble than ever paying attention to the road. Accidents caused by distracted driving are completely preventable. If a driver is focused on driving only, then such accidents never occur. A person can be a distracted driver and not even realize it. Many of the little things people do when they drive take their focus off the road.

What are the most common car accident injuries?

Getting into a car accident is often emotionally, psychologically and physically traumatic. It is the latter of these traumas, however, which is most likely to persist and affect your quality of life in the future. Injuries that result from a collision may range from minimal to life-threatening, but no matter what kind of hurt you experienced, you should get the medical care and legal representation you need.

How is fault determined in a car accident?

If you have been in a car accident in Illinois, one of your first thoughts was likely who was at fault. Obviously, it is best if someone else caused the accident because it will ensure you are not at risk for a citation or insurance issues. However, it may not always be so clear as to who was responsible. According to Zeiler Insurance, there are some situations where determining fault may require some investigation.

What are the effects of alcohol on drivers?

You likely are very aware that alcohol impairs drivers on Illinois roadways. In fact, this is a huge problem with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that almost 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2014. Nobody is safe when you choose to get behind the wheel drunk. The CDC notes that a little over 200 of those people who died in 2014 alcohol-related crashes were children. The only way to bring those numbers down to zero is to educate people on the effects of alcohol on driving.

Loose cargo causes thousands of crashes each year

With the end of the spring semester, many college students in Illinois will be leaving dorm life for good. While it may be possible to get everything in one load, AAA warns that failure to properly tie everything down could lead to a Class A misdemeanor. That is because the state has road debris laws that prevent vehicles from carrying cargo that is not securely fastened. A person could end up with a $2,500 fine, and a prison sentence of up to 12 months, as well.

Why car accident fatalities increase at night

After the sun sets in Illinois, you may sit be out and about running errands, going out with friends or traveling home from work. In fact, the nighttime roadways can be busy and dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, people are three times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident at night than they are during the day. What are the reasons for this significant increase in car accident deaths? How can you avoid becoming a victim of a nighttime accident?

Why driving is risky for many older people

Having a driver's license is a symbol of independence in most parts of the United States. As people get older, however, their driving abilities may wane little bit by little bit. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that physical and cognitive changes negatively affect the driving ability of some older people. If you are worried about an older loved one driving or have been hit by an older driver, here are a few top reasons why the person might not have belonged behind the wheel in the first place.

Social media’s role in deadly car accidents

Although it is illegal for drivers to talk or text on a hand-held device while behind the wheel, many people continue to do so. Not only does this put their lives and the lives of their passengers at risk, but it endangers everyone on the road. In addition to talking and texting, a number of drivers read their social media notifications, post status updates and attempt to take selfies all while navigating the roadways. In several cases, this has led to tragic deaths. These fatalities have been documented on Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter as a sad reminder of what can happen when drivers use their cellphones.

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