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Auto accidents happen closer than most drivers think

When Illinois drivers plan to go on long road trips, they tend to prepare for the dangers of foreign roads. According to accident statistics, however, most crashes and collisions tend to take place just 25 miles from home. It so happens that drivers who do not venture far from their homes are more likely to fall into behavioral patterns that are not conducive to road traffic safety; in other words, drivers tend to get too relaxed within their own communities.

Increased visibility leads to fewer crashes

Although drivers in Illinois and other states may be unaware of the correlation, studies show that increased visibility results in lower motor vehicle crash rates. Costing drivers very little additional expense, regular daytime headlight usage could significantly reduce the number of catastrophic injuries and fatalities that occur on roadways across the nation. The research has caught the attention of some lawmakers who favor legislation that would require drivers to use their headlights at all times.

Research shows collision avoidance systems prevent accidents

Collision avoidance systems have the potential to significantly decrease accidents rates for drivers in Illinois and throughout the country according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study examined accident data from 2015 along with data on cars that had lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts. It found that cars with the collision avoidance systems had 11 percent fewer single-vehicle, side swipe and head-on collisions and 21 percent fewer injury crashes of that nature. The organization said that there would have been over 55,000 fewer injuries in 2015 if all vehicles had lane departure alerts installed.

Driverless cars may not be as popular as imagined

Driverless vehicles are touted as being able to keep Illinois roadways safer than they are now. Proponents say that fewer accidents will occur because machines won't make the same types of errors that people do. They also won't drive drunk, tired or while distracted. However, they may not take to the streets as quickly as some may think. In fact, the driverless car hype is similar to the hype surrounding electric vehicles several years ago.

Truckers' sleep apnea screening criteria will not change

Truck drivers in Illinois and throughout the country will not be subject to new rules regarding sleep apnea screening, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced on Aug. 4. If implemented, the rule would have clarified criteria regarding when a truck driver would be sent for screening. The rules in place are unclear because there is no single standard that a medical provider is supposed to reply upon for further screening. Some drivers have said referrals were unwarranted and simply represented an opportunity for providers to make more money.

Wearable device could prevent drowsy driving accidents

Illinois drivers who often find themselves getting drowsy while they are behind the wheel may be interested in a wearable device that will prevent them from falling asleep. According to the creators of the device, it emits a low-level shock when it detects that the wearer has nodded off.

Driver death rates go up as the economy improves

Although vehicles are performing increasingly well in crash tests, driver death rates in Illinois and other states are on the rise. In 2015, the number of reported driver deaths increased by 7 percent over the previous year. Contrary to what might be expected considering improvements in safety technology and vehicle design, economic forecasters say that an increasing number of traffic fatalities is a predictable consequence of an improving economy.

4th of July holiday ranks deadliest for car accidents

Auto claims from an insurance company reveal that the most dangerous days for summer driving are the July 4th holiday and the three days leading up to it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety goes further saying that over the past 10 years, the July 4th holiday has been the deadliest day for drivers. Illinois drivers, and especially the parents of teen drivers, will want to take extra precautions or avoid the roads altogether.

Achieving a beneficial outcome after a car crash

A serious car crash can potentially occur at any time, so Illinois motorists may want to know the steps to take following an accident when another driver is at fault. Filing a lawsuit may be an option in some situations, and in most cases, the steps taken immediately after a car wreck could help an affected motorist achieve the most beneficial outcome possible.

Child deaths from car accidents vary across the U.S.

Illinois residents who are concerned about child fatalities in traffic accidents might be interested in the results of a new study. The research, conducted by Harvard and UT Southwestern Medical Center, found that while 16 percent of children involved in car crashes from the years 2010 to 2014 died. However, the rate fluctuated in different regions of the country.

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