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Car AccidentAs attorneys who represent people injured in car accidents in the Chicagoland area, our office spends quite bit of time reviewing police reports related to the incident. Formally known as an Illinois Traffic Crash Report, it is a document prepared by local law enforcement agencies following every motor vehicle accident involving an injury or property damage within their jurisdiction.

Generally, for incidents occurring on City streets, the reports are prepared by the police officers within the municipality where the incident occurred. For incidents taking place on an Interstate, the reports are prepared by the Illinois State Police.

Lots Of Concise Details About Each Accident

In the United States, almost thirty people die everyday from alcohol-impaired driving.  In 2010, alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 31% of all traffic-related deaths or 10,228 people.  Young people, especially ages 21-24, are most at risk for alcohol related car accidents and, in 2010, were responsible for 32% of all instances of drinking and driving.  For underage drinkers, the greatest single mortality risk factor is motor vehicle accidents.  Men, in 2010, were involved in 81% of all drinking and driving.

Drunk DrivingIn Illinois, the legal limit is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC), however a person can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) for a BAC between .05 and .08.  625 ILCS 5/11-501.  At this level, a person’s balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing becomes poor, it is harder to detect danger, and judgment and self-control are impaired.

These symptoms can cause drivers problems with concentration, speed control, impaired reception, short-term memory loss, and reduced information processing.  As of 2011, Illinois has 49,537 three-time offenders, 5,659 five-time offenders, and 298 DUI fatalities.

teen driving while textingA carload of teenagers is a common sight, both in real life and teen movies and TV shows. It embodies the teen spirit of new freedom and emerging into early adulthood. However, there is more and more concern over the risks of teenage drivers having more accidents when accompanied by other kids their age

New Study On Teen Drivers With Passengers

AAA released a study in May 2012 discussing the correlation between teen drivers and the presence of other teen passengers with fatality accidents. The study found that the risk of car accidents, especially fatalities, increased dramatically when teens that were 16 and 17 years of age had other teens in the car.

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