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Driving Dangers to Be Aware of this Holiday Season

driving in winter.jpgDecember and January are some of the most dangerous months for drivers and certain behaviors are responsible for causing the lion's share of accidents. There are plenty of driving dangers to be wary of as the holiday season approaches but drug or alcohol impairment, distractions, drowsiness and weather-related road conditions can create a dangerous wintry mix. When victims are injured due to the negligence of another party, an auto accident lawyer can help them hold the responsible parties accountable.

Sleep Apnea's Effect on Driving

There are many risk factors that increase a driver's risk of getting into an accident. This includes driving while intoxicated or driving while distracted. However, there is one cause of car accidents that many people overlook because it is a silent threat: sleep apnea. 

Medicated Driving Is Just As Dangerous As Drunk Driving

impaired driving.jpegWhen you hear about people who are injured or killed by intoxicated motorists, one of the first things that may cross your mind is alcohol. Sadly, it is not the only substance that impairs drivers. Many people who operate their vehicles in Chicago while intoxicated are under the influence of medications.

Illinois Traffic Safety Campaigns Target These Unsafe Driving Behaviors

drinking driving.jpgThe Illinois Department of Transportation's Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering is working closely with the Illinois State Police to reduce the number of accidents caused by unsafe driving behaviors in the state. These efforts are centered around holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years when the number of incidents of unsafe driving, and the number of injuries and fatalities, typically rise.

Do We Sacrifice Safety for Fuel Efficiency?

refuel.jpgCars with the greatest fuel economy are often smaller and more compact which can reduce the amount of protection they offer in an accident. While many modern sub-compact and compact vehicles are equipped with the same safety features as larger automobiles, their small size means there is less protecting the driver and passengers from the force of an impact.

Moderate Alcohol + Lack of Sleep = Impaired Driving

It's dangerous to drive when you are sleep-deprived. That's why federal regulations require commercial drivers to take periodic rest breaks. But what if you've gotten five hours of sleep? Is that sufficient to enable you to stay alert while driving? Not if you have even a moderate amount of alcohol in your system, according to a new study.

Drowsy Driving is a Deadly Decision

drowsy driving.pngDrowsy driving is a serious behavior that causes more than 71,000 personal injuries and 1500 fatalities every year. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is a factor in as many as 100,000 crashes annually. These accidents are responsible for upwards of $71 billion in damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, property damage, and lost wages. This makes drowsy driving just as dangerous and costly as driving drunk.  

As They Gain Confidence, Teen Drivers Become More Careless

Remember the first time you got behind the wheel? You were probably very cautious when you first put the car in gear and took your foot off the brake pedal. But your awe at the experience of driving such a powerful machine began to dissipate the more you drove.

Can Vision Zero Chicago Eliminate Traffic Crashes and Fatalities?

At long last, the City of Chicago has released its Vision Zero Chicago plan. The city thus joins New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and a number of other cities around the world in developing such a plan.

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