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.
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.
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.
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.
Four people lost their lives and five others were injured in a fiery early morning collision on May 7. The fatal wreck involving a sedan and a CTA bus took place in Chicago's West Side in the Garfield Park neighborhood.
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.
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.
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.
Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic in Illinois and across the United States, according to several studies. To raise public awareness on this issue, the National Safety Council has named April Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
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.