Among the many distractions that can afflict drivers in Illinois, smartphones are the most prevalent. However, there are apps and devices that can help keep drivers from getting distracted. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, for example, offer free apps that silence incoming calls and messages and send automatic replies to callers and senders saying that the recipient is driving. They also prevent the driver from texting although not all block them from social media.
A 45-year-old Illinois man is facing serious criminal charges after being involved in a fatal accident in Will County on the afternoon of May 14. The Peotone resident is accused of failing to reduce speed to prevent an accident, not securing a child in a proper restraint system and driving with a revoked driver's license. Police say that a 29-year-old Glenwood man lost his life when his Ford sedan was struck from behind by a Cadillac SUV driven by the man.
Illinois drivers and passengers can lessen the severity of crash-related liver injuries by wearing a seat belt, according to a new study. The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
According to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, drowsy driving is an inherent risk in the rideshare industry. As drivers in Illinois are aware, fatigue behind the wheel is already a widespread risk, but they may be wondering what the reasons are for this trend among rideshare drivers. There are several.
Illinois motorists can take a small amount of pride in falling just below than the national median for phone use while driving. According to statistics released by safety app Everdrive, Mississippi drivers are the most likely to use their phones while behind the wheel.
Illinois residents might have inadvertently driven while distracted, unaware of the risk this behavior involves. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as any behavior that takes the driver's attention away from the road, including using a cellphone to talk or type, eating while driving or playing with the various entertainment systems in the vehicle.
Self-driving vehicles have taken hold in the imagination of people in Illinois, but they do have some potential drawbacks. As the recent fatal accident involving an Uber autonomous vehicle and a pedestrian illustrates, the technology does have some limitations.
Soft tissues are the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other non-bony parts of the body. These tissues are often damaged during car accidents when the impact and sudden braking causes harsh movements. Since soft tissue injuries are difficult for physicians to detect, victims of car accidents in Illinois should pay attention to possible symptoms.
Road safety conditions in Illinois, as in the rest of the U.S., can be lacking. After years of decline, traffic fatality rates have recently been on the rise again. There was a 5.6 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2016. That year, 39 states saw a rise in traffic deaths.
According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving may account for more crashes than was previously thought. For example, U.S. government statistics attribute drowsiness to only 1 to 2 percent of all crashes, but AAA researchers believe the percentage may be closer to 10 percent. Illinois motorists will want to know how they came to this conclusion.