A single-vehicle car accident that occurred on Jan. 17 left three Illinois residents dead and one person with serious injuries. The accident occurred on the Eisenhower Expressway near Western Avenue in Chicago at about 2:15 a.m.
Several studies have found that a disturbing number of motorists in Illinois and around the country feel that sending text messages, making phone calls and even watching videos while behind the wheel are acceptable. While companies like Twitter and Facebook have been criticized by road safety advocates and law enforcement figures for not doing enough to deter this kind of behavior, the company behind the popular Snapchat messaging application has been accused of encouraging motorists to drive at dangerous speeds.
Unpredictable weather conditions and heavy traffic congestion can sometimes make driving in Illinois hazardous, but Texas and Louisiana have the nation's most dangerous roads according to a report from an auto insurance comparison website that was compiled using 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Other states where motorists may be wise to remain especially vigilant include Arizona, Montana, Alabama, South Carolina and Nevada.
The consequences of distracted driving can be disastrous. As a licensed driver, you have the responsibility of keeping yourself safe as well as other drivers sharing the road. Since we cannot anticipate the actions of other drivers, we must be even more cautious of our behavior while behind the wheel.
According to news sources, a Will County deputy who has been on the force for two years was injured in a single-car accident on Sept. 29. The accident happened just before midnight on Essington Road and Ingalls Avenue.
The automobile fatality rate in Illinois and across the nation increased by more than 7 percent in 2015. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this is the largest one-year increase in this rate since the 1960s.
A lack of sleep can lead to symptoms that are similar to those caused by drinking too much alcohol. This could explain why drowsy driving is a problem on the roadways. An estimated 5,000 people were killed in 2015 due to accidents caused by drowsy driving. This information was published on Aug. 8 in a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Illinois motorists may be aware that the CDC has issued a car crash report comparing the U.S. with 19 wealthy nations, and there are concerns over the higher rate of fatal car crashes in the U.S. The report also looked at the number of car crashes where alcohol was a factor as well as the overall reduction on the rate of car crashes over 13 years.
When you think about traffic accidents, you probably think about a situation in which someone is on a busy roadway or speeding on the highway. You likely don't sit in your car while stopped at a rural intersection, worried about your life.