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Will County teen driver car accident lawyerWhile Memorial Day is traditionally the kickoff of summer season, it is also the beginning of what has been deemed the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” Safety advocates use this term to call attention to the increased dangers teen drivers face during the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to national statistics, there are approximately 10 people killed in teen driver car crashes each day during this period. Over the past decade, there have been almost 300 people killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days in the state of Illinois.

Dangerous Time on the Roads

The summer means more motorists are on the road as people take vacations and day trips. More motorists also mean more car accidents, injuries, and deaths. It also means more teen drivers are on the road, since school is out for the summer. Many of these teen drivers are inexperienced, and they sometimes act recklessly. Tragically, statistics about teen drivers bear this out:

  • Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens.

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Joliet traffic citations attorneysGetting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teenagers. After completing the classroom work and the required number of hours behind the wheel, many teens feel a sense of  accomplishment when they finally become a licensed driver. They are excited and enthusiastic about hitting the road on their own. However, operating a motor vehicle takes practice, especially in traffic. In addition, there are many rules of the road that all drivers must obey to stay safe, regardless if they are traveling in a rural or urban area. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of automobile accidents is higher among teens aged 16-19 compared to any other age group. A traffic violation can result in a traffic ticket or more serious consequences. Therefore, it is important to understand what constitutes a violation if your teen driver is facing criminal charges. 

Graduated Driver Licensing Program 

The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program is designed especially for teen drivers by the Illinois Secretary of State. This involves laws that specifically apply to young motorists. Consequences for violations can vary from traffic tickets to supervision to license suspension depending on the circumstances. 

During this initial licensing phase, drivers aged 16-17 have the following stipulations:

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