Teen driver safety is rapidly becoming a major concern for law enforcement agencies across the nation. In fact, statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation demonstrate that there were a total of 8,620 occupant injuries for individuals between the ages of 15 and 19 throughout Illinois in 2011.
Have you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to the negligent actions of a negligent teenage driver? If so, you or that victim may be entitled to compensation for all losses and damages including; medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and loss of wages.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our highly trained attorneys have DETAILED knowledge of the traffic laws in our state and can help to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation claim amount. We proudly offer FREE case reviews and we only get paid when we win.
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Teenage Auto Accident Statistics in IL
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teens between the age of 15 and 20 years old. In fact, throughout 2010, there were around 2,000 teen drivers who lost their lives due to car accidents.
Some Illinois teen auto accident statistics include:
- Teen drivers caused 996 pedestrian injuries
- 4,928 teen drivers were female
- 3,692 teen drivers were male
- 102 were injured driving a motorcycle
- Four were killed driving a motorcycle
It should be noted that the above accidents include teenagers between the age of 15 and 19 and are in regards to accidents in Illinois throughout 2011. The statistics were also provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety.
Common Risk Factors for Teen Drivers
The moment a teen driver sits behind the steering wheel; these drivers are placed in immediate danger of becoming injured or worse, death. Of course, parents can take their stand on informing their children about driver safety and helping them understand the risks involved with driving dangerously. A study was conducted showing that teenagers get 89 percent of their driving habits from their parents, thus it is important to set a good example for our children.
Some common risk factors for teen drivers include:
As previously mentioned, parents play a huge part in developing their teenagers driving habits. Thus, it is important for parents to encourage and demonstrate safe and responsible driving habits, along with acknowledging the consequences. It is also important to establish curfews, number of friends allowed in the car, and the importance of wearing seatbelts. Furthermore, parents should stress the importance of not drinking and driving or texting and driving.
Peer Pressure & Distracting Passengers
Statistics have proven that nearly 44 percent of teenage drivers say they drive safer without any friends in the car, along with 67 percent of teenagers admitting they feel unsafe with friends or other people traveling in the car. Unfortunately, most teens are traveling in the car with others going to sporting events, concerts, or simply communing from school and back, thus they are put at a greater chance of being involved in an accident.
Texting & Smart Phones
Teenage driver statistics have shown that over one half of them admit to making phone calls and talking on the phone while driving. However, these teens fail to realize that being on the phone while driving doubles their risk of being involved in a traffic accident. More recently, texting while driving has become a huge concern, while 13 percent of teens both send and receive texts while driving. In many states they are banning texting while driving, this is actually causing more severe accidents as teens continue to do so while holding their device in more awkward “non-visible” positions.
Exceeding the Speed Limit
Statistics reveal that nearly 70 percent of teen drivers admit to speeding in order to stay with the flow of traffic, while 17 percent of teens actually enjoy the thrill of speeding. Teens tend to speed more due to the new found freedom of driving and being on their own, however, they do not realize the enormous consequences involved.
As history has shown, these four major factors are all directly linked to teenage auto accidents. Of course, there are many other causes; however, these factors have been proven time and time again to be the cause of many teenage auto accidents.
Types of Injuries to Teen Drivers
The following injuries are not intended to deter teenagers from driving, however they are intended for teenagers to recognize the consequences of unsafe driving practices. With this in mind, teenagers may be less likely to drive recklessly and become defensive and safe drivers across our Illinois roadways.
Some common teenage driver injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken glass injuries
- Concussion injuries
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Fatal injuries
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is imperative to seek medical attention following the accident. Not only will this ensure all injuries have been attended to and prevent further injury, but our attorneys can also use these medical documents in the court of law.
Need Help? Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm Today for a Free Case Evaluation
At Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we are honored to provide our services to members of this community and help them to seek justice due to the negligent actions of another driver. Additionally, our attorneys all operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will not charge you for our services unless a successful verdict or settlement has been accomplished and you recover.
With offices in O’Fallon, Mattoon, and Charleston in Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, we are able to services clients throughout central and southern Illinois and Missouri.
Some local areas we provide contingency-based legal counsel to include:
- Fairview Heights
…And many suburbs that surround these areas.
If you are interested in scheduling your free case evaluation, or would like to gather more information about our firm, we encourage you to call us at (217) 394-5885 today. At this time a member of our intake team will collect information about your accident and quickly connect you with one of our helpful attorneys.