Archives for February 2015

Illinois hand-held cellphone ban doesn’t stop people from texting and driving

Illinois lawmakers are very aware of the alarming local and national statistics for distracted driving accidents. Effective January 1, 2014, new state laws were enacted to attempt to reduce the number of Illinois drivers who were making calls or texting and driving using handheld devices. The Illinois General Assembly clearly discloses that no person may operate a motorized vehicle on the road … [Read more...]

4 winter driving tips that will keep you safer

While driving is an inherently dangerous activity, the risks are amplified when winter conditions exist. This is particularly true in Chicago, Illinois, where variable weather patterns and heavy and frequent snow create an abundance of additional concerns for city drivers. With the Illinois Department of Transportation reporting 67 accident fatalities in 2015 already, and several more months of … [Read more...]

Brain injuries can increase risk for other health conditions

Head trauma often leads to damage to the brain that affects cognitive functions, and this type of injury can happen to anyone in Illinois. Accidents such as falls, blows to the head and car crashes are the most common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States. TBIs lead to approximately 30 percent of all injury-related fatalities each year. … [Read more...]

Rental car companies should be required to repair vehicles under defect calls

Illinois residents should be able to feel safe when they get in their cars for a quick jaunt to the store or a road trip across the state. However, every year, millions of cars are recalled for potentially dangerous defects. Repairs are the responsibility of the manufacturer and the dealerships, but when the cars are not taken in to be fixed, they create hazards for everyone on the road. … [Read more...]

Head-on crashes are often fatal in Illinois

On a Tuesday evening in November 2014, an Illinois man was driving along state Route 142 in Hamilton County. According to KFVS, the 23-year-old man crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on. Law enforcement reported that the driver of the second car, a 69-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Charges are currently pending against the driver who caused the accident. … [Read more...]

Risks of night driving

In January of this year, an Illinois woman was driving late on a Saturday night. According to KMOV, she crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on. As a result of the incident, the driver of the other car and one of her passengers were killed, and another passenger suffered minor injuries. The Illinois woman who caused the accident was taken to a hospital in critical condition. … [Read more...]

Truck drivers guilty of these 3 distractions

Truck drivers guilty of these 3 distractions In September 2014, a semi-truck driver swerved and struck a college softball team’s bus. According to NBC News, the driver told the Oklahoma Highway Patrol that he was reaching for a drink, which caused him to veer into the bus. The accident claimed the lives of four young women. The driver of the accident has not been charged, but many people who … [Read more...]

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