Chicago Car Accident Attorney says Parents Should Counsel Teens about ‘Awesome Responsibility’ of Driving

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Patrick A. Salvi of Chicago’s Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says National Youth Traffic Safety Month in May presents opportunity to discuss safe driving practices with young, inexperienced car drivers.

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Chicago car accident attorney Patrick A. Salvi

With proms and the last days of the school year, May is a time when teenagers should be making some of their happiest memories, but a poor decision while driving can change things forever.

Chicago car accident attorney Patrick A. Salvi today called on Illinois parents to advise their teen drivers about safe driving in observance of National Youth Traffic Safety Month in May.

“With proms and the last days of the school year, May is a time when teenagers should be making some of their happiest memories, but a poor decision while driving can change things forever,” said Salvi, managing equity partner of the Chicago personal injury firm, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

“With May being Youth Traffic Safety Month, it’s also a good time to remind teenage drivers of the responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving a car,” said Salvi, whose firm assists car accident victims throughout Chicago, Waukegan, Cook County and Lake County.

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers, and summer is the deadliest time of year for teen drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

More than 5,000 teenagers (16 to 20 years old) die in passenger vehicle crashes each year, according to the NHTSA. An average of 422 teenagers are killed in auto wrecks during each month during the summer In other seasons, an average of 363 teens die in car crashes every month.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently reported that teenage drivers are more likely to get into wrecks when distracted by car passengers. The report said that almost two out of three people killed in teen-driver wrecks are not the driver.

“Showing a teenage driver that operating a motor vehicle is a serious matter is the best thing parents can do to ensure their children’s safety behind the wheel,” Salvi said. “Parents should discuss safe driving with them and model safe behavior in their own actions.”

Inexperienced teen drivers are likely to have problems managing the speed of their car and the interval between their car and other vehicles, Salvi said. Habits like looking before changing lanes or routinely checking blind spots are also likely to not be formed in the early teen-driving years, he added.

Teens are also more likely to engage in risky behavior such as speeding, using electronic devices like cell phones while they drive and using alcohol before or while driving, the Chicago personal injury lawyer said.

“Teenage driving accidents sometimes happen because of the driver’s inexperience, but many happen because of reckless and negligent behavior,” Salvi said.

“We support efforts to promote safe driving, but if someone is injured or killed because of an individual’s recklessness, we stand on the side of seeking justice for those who have been harmed.”

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $630 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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