As the weather gets colder in the Chicago metropolitan area, the driving conditions get worse. All of us who have lived through Midwestern winters know what to expect, but nonetheless, many of us are taken by surprise by it every year in the first days of below-freezing temperatures. When we get surprised like that while behind the wheel of a speeding car, things can get very dangerous very quickly.
Many people in the Arlington Heights area enjoy spending time outside and walking to their destination. Whether they are pedestrians out enjoying some fresh air and exercise or if they're pedestrians on their way to work or the local store, walking is a great way to get around. Most of the time pedestrians are able to safely share the areas near road with drivers, but occasionally a serious accident occurs.
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.