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Device takes aim at distracted driving

The use of handheld electronic devices while behind the wheel is prohibited in Illinois, but police rarely cite motorists for this violation unless they catch them in the act. This is because police officers must generally acquire search warrants before examining cellphones, but this rarely happens except in the case of catastrophic accidents. However, a road safety advocacy group and an Israeli technology company have developed a device that they say allows police officers to check cellphones while protecting the privacy of drivers.

The importance of medical evidence in car accident lawsuits

When road users in Illinois and around the country file lawsuits after being involved in motor vehicle accidents, they must establish that they suffered injury, loss or damage in a crash that was caused at least in part by the defendant's negligent actions. Juries take several factors into consideration when determining the appropriate damages to award in these cases, and plaintiffs who keep detailed records of their medical expenses and how long their injuries prevented them from working will generally be better prepared to make these arguments.

Proving liability after a tailgating accident

When a tailgating crash occurs in Illinois, liability for the accident may ultimately be tied to driver negligence or a moving violation. The initial determination of which driver is at fault, however, may depend on the precise set of circumstances in play at the time that the incident took place. Although fault in a tailgating accident may seem obvious, proving liability in court may not always be easy.

Determining liability in a crash caused by brake failure

Because car accidents in Illinois happen for a number of reasons, sometimes it can be difficult to determine the at-fault party. This can be especially true if a crash was caused by brake failure. There are many rules to consider when trying to establish liability for a brake-related accident.

Autonomous cars and product liability

Illinois motorists may have heard that autonomous cars will eventually replace vehicles that are driven by people. This will lead to changes across a number of industries including automobile insurance. While drivers are usually liable in accidents when they are negligent, with self-driving cars, the focus will shift to manufacturers, contractors and software developers.

Complacency among drivers may contribute to rising crash rate

The chief executive of the National Safety Council discussed the rising roadway fatality rates at a press conference on Feb. 15. According to an estimate from the advocacy group, the number of traffic deaths in Illinois and across the U.S. surged to 40,200 in 2016. This was the first time the rate has gone above 40,000 since 2007.

What to do when you are in a car accident

Car accidents are a fact of life. No one likes to think about them, but they happen. If you drive enough, it is very likely that you will wind up in at least one at some point during your driving career. The key to handling the situation well and getting back on your feet again is knowing what to do when disaster strikes. That way, you have a plan from the moment of impact, and you also know how to access legal help and other resources to help you recover costs related to the crash.

Drivers report dangerous behavior behind the wheel

Illinois drivers in the 19-to-24 age group may be among the most dangerous drivers although people in all age groups admit to dangerous driving behaviors according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. However, in some cases, millennials were twice as likely as other age groups to say that certain dangerous driving behaviors were acceptable or to engage in those behaviors themselves. For example, 12 percent of millennials versus 5 percent of other age groups said that it was acceptable in a school zone to drive 10 mph above the speed limit.

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