Most Chicago area residents understand the importance of avoiding driving while distracted. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, and it seems like every year there is something else that can distract a driver. Drivers are no longer just changing the radio station, but are also distracted by their GPS, texts, social media and many other electronic devices. Because of the dangers involved in distracted driving, a new law has now gone into effect in Illinois.
Driving safely requires being attentive and cautious, and a driver who is too tired to be attentive and cautious is an unsafe driver. This is true for all drivers, and it is especially important for people driving large trucks, since any collision they might cause can easily lead to serious or fatal injury for people in smaller vehicles. However, trucking companies compete by offering speedier delivery, which gives them an incentive to push their drivers to work longer hours on the road.
Despite decades of increased enforcement, harsher penalties and public awareness campaigns, drunk driving continues to be a serious hazard on Illinois roadways. Statistics indicate the problem may have even grown worse in recent years.
Our readers know that Chicago, as one of the most populous cities in America, has quite a few pedestrians near roadways on any given day. In the unfortunate situations in which pedestrians are struck by a motor vehicle, such a case usually does not end well for the pedestrian who has no protection from the force of a motor vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. It is a sad reality that pedestrian collisions are somewhat common in Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area.
Car accidents involving multiple vehicles are not rare, but the collisions involved usually don't occur at two separate times at the same accident scene. However, that was the case recently in Illinois as a bus, pedestrian, police vehicle and another vehicle were all impacted in a strange series of events on January 4.
Any type of car accident in Illinois has the potential to cause injuries or fatalities. There are simply far too many factors and variables in any given accident to determine how things will play out. However, no matter how the accident occurred or who was at fault, all parties are required to remain at the scene as the accident investigation and report are completed. When a hit-and-run occurs, the circumstances of a car accident can become much more complicated.
A recent fatal accident once again underscores the tragedy that occurs when a young person, just starting out in life, is senselessly killed. Fatal car accidents involving teenagers are a significant concern. The latest collision took the life of an 18-year-old college student and seriously injured the passenger riding with her.
There is little doubt that traveling at high speeds is dangerous and reckless. The victims seriously injured in high speed car accidents, and/or their families, are often left to deal with the aftermath of these accidents, especially the financial consequences. Fortunately, consulting an Illinois personal injury lawyer need not contribute to the financial concerns, as many lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means no initial costs for the client.
A study done over a three-year period by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has once again confirmed findings relating to the safety of smaller cars. Car accidents in which small cars were involved led to the most driver fatalities. It has been documented that bigger cars offer greater protection to occupants than smaller car models.
When the negligence or recklessness of a driver of a motor vehicle results in injuries to other road users, the driver may find him or herself answering to personal injury or wrongful death claims. Many Illinois personal injury lawyers assist the victims of car accidents in the filing civil claims, based upon a contingency fee basis. In short, this means that there will be no initial costs to the client.