Chicago Car Accident Lawyer At Coplan & Crane Comments On AAA Driving Behavior Study

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Oak Park, Illinois auto accident attorney Gregory F. Coplan of Coplan & Crane cautions drivers to remain alert in light of a recent study about dangerous driving behaviors.

We hope people realize just how dangerous drunk driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and other high risk driving habits are, but the data seems to suggest otherwise.

Chicago personal injury lawyer Gregory F. Coplan of Coplan & Crane law firm said today a recent study revealing that people are growing less concerned about dangerous driving behaviors should serve as a reminder that more education efforts are needed.

Attorney Coplan commented on a study published by AAA, “Americans Growing Less Concerned about Dangerous Driving Behaviors” (Aug. 22, 2013).

“We hope people realize just how dangerous drunk driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving and other high risk driving habits are, but the data seems to suggest otherwise,” said Coplan, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “All of these dangerous driving habits – and many more – need to be taken very seriously. We fully support education efforts, especially campaigns targeting young and inexperienced drivers who tend to do more texting than older drivers or may be easily distracted by their passengers.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted the study about dangerous driving behaviors. The study revealed a slight increase in the number of people who do not perceive certain dangerous driving behaviors as being a serious threat. The study examined people’s attitudes toward drunk driving, drowsy driving, texting while driving and reckless driving, including drivers who run red lights. In every category, fewer drivers reported that they considered such activities to be a serious threat. Results from the 2012 survey were compared to a similar survey conducted in 2009.

Traffic fatalities nationwide increased in 2012, suggesting that our roads might be more dangerous now than they were four years ago, Coplan said. In 2012, an estimated 36,200 people died in motor vehicle accidents nationwide. That’s 4.6 percent more or 1,600 more deaths compared to 2011, when a total of 34,600 people died in traffic accidents, according to a report published by the National Safety Council, “National Safety Council Estimates First National Increase in Traffic Deaths Since 2005” (Feb. 19, 2013). The increase in the number of motor vehicle deaths nationwide in 2012 marked the first time that figure had increased since between 2004 and 2005.
Coplan said people who are seriously injured in accidents or families whose loved ones were killed in accidents may be entitled to compensation. He said personal injury lawyers can help them pursue financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to the accident.

About Coplan & Crane

Serving clients in Oak Park, Chicago and all of Illinois, Coplan & Crane handles a wide range of cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, railroad accidents, workplace injuries, dangerous products, medical malpractice and birth injuries. The law firm has a strong track record for obtaining large verdicts and settlements, including several, high-profile, multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts. A free consultation is available to all interested clients. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means clients only pay if they win. For more information, call 800-394-6002 or complete the contact form.

Coplan & Crane
1111 Westgate Street
Oak Park, Illinois 60301

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