Traffic Collision Checklist

As the number of drivers on the road increases, the probability of being involved in an auto accident continues to increase.  While some experienced drivers know what to do immediately after an accident, most drivers probably do not know the proper steps to take.  First and foremost it is important to remain in the vehicle…

“Social Host” Laws Gaining Traction in More States

Underage drinking laws have been around for ages to help states combat teenagers drinking before they become 21.  Now some states are adding another tool to their belt to help combat underage drinking.  A number of states, including Rhode Island and Massachusetts, have recently added laws called “social host” laws that allow states to impose…

Cell Phone Talking and Texting Laws in Illinois

Illinois recently passed new cell phone talking and texting laws.  There is some confusion surrounding the recently passed cell phone texting and talking laws in Illinois.  Are drivers allowed to talk or text while stopped at a light?  Are hands free devices required to talk while driving? The Illinois texting law prohibits a person from…

Teens Driving with Friends Increases the Chance of an Accident

Most people already know that teen drivers are the most dangerous drivers on the road and the most likely to be involved in an accident.  Statistics show that teens are nearly four times more likely to be in an accident than older drivers.  While such factors as inexperience, rash decision-making and immaturity are reasons that…

More Women Drivers on US Roads Than Men

A recent study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, UMTRI, showed that the number of women with driver’s licenses have surpassed the number of men with driver’s licenses.  The study also showed that the current gap might continue to increase.  Over the last 15 years, the time period in which the survey was…

School is Back in Session: School Zone Laws and School Bus Laws

School recently started up for children across the nation and along with the start of the school year comes the sight of school buses on the roads and children coming and going from school.  Illinois drivers need to be on the alert for school zones, school buses and the laws that accompany them.  So, what…

What to Do if You Are in an Auto Accident

While traffic accidents are not what people dream of getting into, unfortunately they still occur.  Because accidents happen to drivers of all ages and experience levels, it is important for all motor vehicle operators to know what to do in case they are involved in an accident.  Below are some steps a driver should take…

Illinois Rainy Weather Driving Tips and Laws

With the rainy season in full effect, it is important to know some rainy weather driving tips along with the Illinois laws that accompany them.  While most rainy weather driving guidelines are common sense, many motorists still do not adhere to them.  Annually weather related crashes account for 24% of vehicle accidents.  Of the 24%…

Illinois Child Passenger Safety Laws

At the beginning of 2012 new Illinois safety belt laws became effective that required all motorists in the back seat of vehicles to wear safety belts or be secured in an approved child restraint system.  Although adults simply have to secure themselves with a seat belt, it’s important for all parents to know what child…

Traffic Tickets and Their Effects on Insurance Rates

Being pulled over for a traffic violation is almost never a good thing.  The cost of the ticket, the time lost to deal with the ticket and the possible increase in insurance premiums are all bad things that can result from traffic violations.  While the actual cost of the ticket and the time lost are…