Car Accident

Illinois Authorities Concerned About High Hit and Run Rate

Unfortunately, hit-and-run crashes are not uncommon. Around the country, the number of hit-and-run crashes is on the rise, leading to new legislation in several states. Unfortunately, most hit-and-run crashes involve pedestrians and bicyclists, who are particularly vulnerable to injury and death when struck by a moving vehicle. (the article continues below the infographic)   The Data … [Read more...]

Reduce teen car accidents: Start school later

The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project began its Awake at the Wheel campaign in 2014 to educate drivers – especially teen drivers – about the dangers of so-called "drowsy driving." … [Read more...]

Gearing Up for Icy, Snow Packed Roads

Brisk winds and chilly temperatures often bring with them an abundance of snow and ice in Illinois, and while the glistening white scenery is beautiful to look at, driving on icy, snow packed roads can be dangerous, and sometimes even deadly. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 116,800 people are injured and over 1,300 individuals lose their lives due to accidents on icy, … [Read more...]

Illinois Responds To Increase In Frequency Of Accidents Involving Overweight Trucks

High diesel and labor costs tempted many owner-operators and trucking companies to push the limits of vehicle weight. They overloaded their trucks in an effort to reduce the number of trips they had to make, but in doing so, they put the public at risk. Overweight trucks are a serious problem and lead to many of the accidents a Chicago auto accident lawyer processes. The vehicles are unstable, … [Read more...]

Talking Hands-Free is Still Distracted Driving

When a driver loses control of a vehicle and causes an accident, distracted driving is often cited as the reason. Distracted driving can be a byproduct of adjusting a car radio, eating, applying makeup, or any other in-car multi-tasking. It can be a lot of things, but texting and talking on a cell phone are the primary focus of safety campaigns that hope to minimize the problem. … [Read more...]

Driving too Fast is a Recipe for Disaster

It's cold and the headlights of the car can see snow off on the side of the road. The road looks clear so the driver hits the accelerator not realizing that the road is covered with a thin layer of ice. In a few moments he's driving at the posted speed limit. Things are fine for a few miles...until he comes across a sheet of ice in the road. That's when his car traveling 70 mph slams into the back … [Read more...]

Drivers Vigilant To Spot Post-Accident Injuries

Adrenaline and stress hormones flood the body immediately after an accident. The chemicals dull the sense of pain, and create an illusion of health. Often, drivers who seek a car accident lawyer in Chicago won't understand the extent of their injuries for several days after an accident. In a rush to put the accident behind them, victims overlook the symptoms of hidden injuries that can cause … [Read more...]

Bad road design contributes to many fatal accidents

Most drivers would likely blame driving under the influence, driver distraction or vehicle defect as the top reasons people die in car accidents, but they would be mistaken. According to research reported on by the Washington Post, more than fifty percent of fatal collisions on roads in Illinois and across the United States can be attributed in part to bad road design. The 18-month study addresses … [Read more...]

How well does crash avoidance technology work?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collision detection and mitigations work, but they come at a cost. The IIHS reports that automakers have responded quickly to improve their ratings for crash prevention with technologies that help drivers in Illinois and across the country to avoid collisions. Since 2013, the IIHS has been rating  systems as Basic, Advanced or Superior. … [Read more...]

5 ways motorcycles differ from cars

Cars and trucks are not the only types of motor vehicles to travel along Chicago roadways. Many Illinois motorists are choosing fuel-efficient motorcycles as their main form of transportation, especially during the warmer months of the year. While some motorists are careful to share the road with motorcyclists, others are not used to looking out for these smaller vehicles. A motorcycle accident … [Read more...]

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