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Keeping your teen driver safe behind the wheel

Parents can use technology to help their teen drivers stay focused while behind the wheel.

Now that school is out for the summer in many Illinois communities, there will be more teen drivers on area roadways. The summer is the deadliest time of the year for these drivers, and officials are constantly examining ways to reduce the number of fatalities connected to accidents involving teen motorists.

Many teens know the dangers of using a cellphone while driving, but may be tempted to read that text message or listen to a voicemail while driving. Their lack of experience behind the wheel makes it very challenging for them to be able to pay attention to the road when they are using their phones, and this is often one of the main causes of accidents.

There are several apps available to parents that can help monitor their teens while driving. These apps return texts automatically, letting the sender know the recipient is driving and will respond once he or she arrives at the intended destination.

Parents may also install devices in the vehicle that check the teens driving habits. These devices plug directly into the car, and are able to determine speed and braking information. This can be downloaded by parents to ensure that the teens are being safe while they are driving.

Some may be reluctant to use these devices. These parents should take the time to discuss safety tips with their teens, because this can go a long way toward preventing future problems. If teens have a better understanding of how to reduce the chances of an accident occurring, it may make all the difference when they encounter sudden situations for the first time when behind the wheel.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a teen driver, or your teen driver has been injured in a crash caused by another motorist, you may be eligible to recover compensation to help you deal with the expenses related to the crash. To find out more about your case, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to begin taking steps to protect your claims.

An attorney who has handled these types of cases in the past can offer you specific information about the potential value of your claims, and will be able to represent you in discussions with the insurance companies. This will allow you to have someone on your side, looking out for your best interests.

Each accident is different, and will have different issues that must be considered when preparing your case. While insurance companies my try to tell you that you case is only worth a certain amount, they are simply trying to obtain a settlement that limits their financial obligations to you. Do not force yourself to make a bad decision about your case.


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