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Chicago Teen Car Accidents in Focus During Safety Week June 12-18

Itasca, Illinois based National Safety Council is promoting June 12-18 as Teen Driver Safety Week.

As our Chicago auto accident lawyers recently reported on our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog Mothers Against Drunk Driving has deemed summer the “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Car Accidents.”
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We began the month by reporting the National Safety Council would spend June focusing on preventable injuries. Other topics include summer safety and swimming pool drownings in Illinois, issues involving slip and fall prevention, and driver cell phone use.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that teen car accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States for those ages 15 to 20. Your teen is most likely to be killed in a summer car accident. For new drivers, the first year and first 1,000 miles of driving puts them at a lifetime high for being involved in a crash.

A family Guide to Teen Driving Safety will be available for free download from June 12-18.

Alive at 25 Parent online training will be available for free open enrollment from June 12-18.

How can I keep my Teen Driver Safe is a free webinar being offered on June 13.

Top Causes of Teen Driving Accidents include:

-Drunk Driving
-Distracted Driving
-Failure to Wear Seat Belts
-Night Driving
-Riding with too Many Passengers
-Overestimating abilities
-Inexperience
In an effort to spread the word about teen driving safety to young drivers and others, the Illinois Department of Transportation will also be promoting traffic safety at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. Race fans will be encouraged to sign safe driving pledges at races on June 4, July 7-10 and the Sept. 16-18 race weekend.

“We are pleased to join forces once again with racing fans at Chicagoland Speedway to promote traffic safety and positively impact millions more race fans in Illinois and across the nation,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “By promoting programs that increase safety belt usage and prevent impaired driving, NASCAR and Chicagoland Speedway events promise to remain a safe and enjoyable time for everyone. We hope to see many more fans commit to traffic safety this year.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, the personal injury attorneys and wrongful death lawyers at Abels & Annes offer free and confidential appointments to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.

Resource Posts:

Parental instruction crucial in reducing the risk of Chicago car accidents involving teenagers, Oct. 14, 2010
Teen Safe Driving Program credited with reducing Chicago car accidents, September 12, 2010