December 04, 2017
Car Accident Attorney Jeffrey J. Kroll of the personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. wants to remind drivers of new Illinois laws that will impact motorists as of January 1, 2018.
Organ donor registry age lowered: In Illinois alone, 300 people die per year waiting for an organ. Because of those statistics, those over the age of 16 who register for a state driver’s license or I.D. will have the opportunity to include their name in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry in 2018. Previously, an individual had to be at least 18 years old to do so. Illinois now joins 48 other states that allow 16 and 17 year olds to register as organ donors.
No more driving with “for sale” signage: In the New Year, it will be illegal to drive a vehicle with any “for sale” decals, signage, paperwork, or other materials on the front windshield or on windows that would obstruct the driver’s view, off the premises of where the vehicle is being sold. This law was passed after a young man was struck and killed by a car being test driven. The driver on the test drive did not see the oncoming vehicle because his windshield was obstructed.
- Written motor vehicle accident reports no longer confidential: If you are involved in a car accident in 2018, the Department of Transportation can provide copies of a written accident report to an agency conducting highway safety research or studies.
- Less-frequent bus inspections: Medical transport vehicles, buses that carry 15 or less people and school buses will only require inspections once per year, rather than six months, the same as the federal standard.
“With distracted driving becoming an increasing problem on our roads, it is promising to see our lawmakers taking proactive steps to protect drivers from distractions on the road. I hope to see more laws that crack down on distracting driving in years to come. The new law prohibiting driving with ‘for sale’ decals is an excellent start,” said Jeffrey J. Kroll, Partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
There are several other traffic and non-traffic related laws that will impact Illinois residents in the New Year. For more information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Kroll, please contact Marcie Mangan, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Public Relations Manager, at (312) 372-1227 or mmangan(at)salvilaw(dot)com.
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