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IL defense lawyerNo parent wants to hear that their teenage driver has gotten into a car accident, but it is bound to happen. Teens are notorious for their lack of judgment and their inability to foresee consequences of their actions, which is why it is not uncommon to hear about teenagers getting into car accidents. If your teenager has gotten into an accident, you are probably scared, disappointed or wondering what it means for the future of your child, but that depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Instead of panicking, here are some things you should do if your teenager has gotten into a car accident.

Call Emergency Services

The first step you should take after any car accident is making sure everyone is OK. If someone is injured, you should inform your teen to call 911 right away. If nobody has an injury, it is not required that you call 911, but it can be a smart idea.

Do Not Talk About Blame

If your teen is still at the scene of the accident when you are talking to them, tell them not to talk about blame with the other vehicle. This includes them admitting to blame or placing blame on the other vehicle. The car insurance company can use information like that to make decisions that are not in your favor.

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IL defense lawyerAll drivers on the road are subject to traffic laws that were put in place to protect the safety of others. Because of the large size of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), those who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to higher standards than other drivers, meaning they are also subject to certain traffic violations that other drivers are not. Some of these traffic violations can cause a driver to have their CDL disqualified or revoked. Most people who hold CDL’s use their CDL’s as a means for employment and becoming disqualified can put a great financial strain on their lives.

Types of Traffic Violations That Can Lead to Disqualification

There are a multitude of traffic violations that can cause you to lose your CDL. Some of these traffic violations are unacceptable no matter the type of vehicle you are driving, but some violations are specific to those driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Major Offenses

This category of offenses is serious offenses that could apply to almost any driver. Most of these offenses carry a disqualification period of one year for a first offense and include:

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IL defense lawyerThough it may not seem like it, speeding is a dangerous crime. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people were killed as a result of speeding in 2016, making up about 27 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. While speeding may not seem like a serious crime, it very much is - not only are the driver and occupants of the speeding vehicle put in danger, but other people on the road are put in danger, as well. This is why speeding is taken so seriously in Illinois

Current Illinois Speeding Laws

Speeding more than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is usually referred to as aggravated speeding, which is more serious than just a speeding ticket.

Speeding 26 mph - 34 mph Over the Limit: When you are going more than 25 mph over the speed limit, but not more than 35 mph, you are committing a Class B misdemeanor. For this charge, you could be facing up to six months in jail or up to two years of probation and up to $1,500 in fines.

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