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Face it, something that you never want to experience is a rollover crash. However, please be aware that rollover crashes happen often. As a matter of fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 280,000 rollover crashes occur annually. These accidents, on average, claim more than 10,000 lives every year!

Just last week, a couple days before Halloween, a 19-year-old Illinois sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in a rollover crash. The crash happened during rush hour around 5:30 p.m. This was a single vehicle accident. At the time of the accident, the young girl was driving westbound when her vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of the road. As novice drivers tend to do, this young driver overcorrected her vehicle causing it to overturn numerous times. The vehicle came to rest in the center of the highway. Luckily, this female driver was wearing a seatbelt. On the arrival of emergency crews, the female had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was then flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Given the severity and frequency of rollover crashes, it is important to understand how to avoid these accidents. If you are a victim of an auto accident at the fault of another person, it is imperative that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your resulting damages.  

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Recently, in Kane County, Illinois, two 16-year olds were killed in a car accident. The accident happened around 5:00 p.m. this past Saturday, north of Elburn, Kane County, near Meredith and Beith roads. The two teenagers were traveling westbound in a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. Their truck stopped at an intersection stop sign. From here, the truck slowly crept into the intersection right in front of a southbound 1979 Peterbilt tractor-trailer carrying corn. The tractor-trailer crashed into the teens’ truck killing the two teens.  

Teens and Auto Accidents

This may not surprise you, but teens are responsible for a high number of auto accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports that 221,313 teens visited the emergency room in 2014 for injuries they incurred in an auto accident. During that same year, 2,270 teens died because of a car accident.

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Picture this: you are driving along the road when you are suddenly involved in an auto accident, a horrible one. Suppose you incur a lot of medical expense and miss work for several weeks. The damages are extravagant. Now suppose the court finds that you were partially at fault for the accident and rule that you are not entitled to compensation!

The above scenario would hold true in five states, but, luckily, not here in Illinois. Illinois uses a comparative fault approach negligence claims/cases. We will delve into this concept below. First, however, if you are injured from a car accident at the fault of another person, it is imperative that you hire an experienced attorney for your case.

Illinois’ Comparative Fault Act
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Drowsy driving is a common cause of car accidents. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that there are about 328,000 car accidents every year that result from drowsy or fatigued drivers. These accidents are often serious and sometimes even fatal. The National Transportation Safety Board found that drowsy driving there are between 4,000 and 7,000 deaths, per year, caused by drowsy driving! According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in Illinois, there were 927 traffic fatalities in 2014, alone.

Drowsy driving is also a major problem right here in Illinois. As a matter of fact, Illinois is one of only five states that references drowsy on their crash forms! If you or someone you love is injured from an auto accident at the fault of another person, it is important that you retain an experienced attorney for your case.

How to Avoid Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel
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Using a cell phone while driving is convenient, but research has shown that “text messaging while driving creates a crash risk 23 times higher than driving while not distracted.” In Illinois, crashes due to inattentive driving led to a law against the practice in January, 2013.

The following January, the legislature banned all hand-held use, and all cell phone use while in construction or school zones, with fines for violation ranging from $75 to $500 across the state. Police have been issuing tickets in increasing volumes – for example, State Troopers issued 1,222 in the first quarter of 2013 and 3,307 for the same period in 2014. However, the practice continues, in part because police have had difficulty enforcing the ban.

Now those who rely on hand held devices while driving should be on notice: a Virginia company called ConSonics says it is developing a new tool to make police enforcement of the hand-held ban much easier.

ConSonics already provides police with the radar-guns that detect speeding violations. A company spokesman described the new tool as a similar device that would allow police to detect the signature frequencies of text messaging or cell phone use based on the frequencies emanating from a passing car.

The technology is already used by cable repair workers who must find cable damage in walls – for example, where rodents have gnawed through wires, disrupting frequencies. The company says the device is “close to production.”
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The temperatures are pretty low in Chicago this time of year, and like it or not, that means there is the possibility of significant snowfalls before the winter is through. Our lawyers believe that every person living in the Chicago metropolitan area should be educated on the basics of operating a vehicle in ice, sleet, or snow. What follows is a list of winter driving safety tips, to better keep our readers and those around them safe:
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At this time of year, the weather can be pretty unpredictable in the Midwest, and the same can be said for the road conditions. In December, a brisk 40-something degree-day at noon can easily transform into foggy, rainy, icy conditions by nightfall, and these conditions can result in tragedy in the wrong circumstances.
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The week of October 18-24th is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and in recognition of this, our lawyers would like to urge all parents and guardians of teen drivers to take some time to sit down and discuss safe driving habits.

Young drivers between the ages of fifteen and twenty years old are killed by traffic accidents more than any other cause. In fact, trip-for-trip, drivers under the age of twenty are involved in three times as many fatal accidents as all other drivers combined. Yet, a recent survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that only 25% of parents nationwide reported having a serious talk with their kids about safe driving. For this reason, the NHTSA has introduced the “5 to Drive” campaign, which outlines 5 of the most important topics to discuss with new drivers:
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While green initiatives calling for better fuel efficiency and more concern for the environment may be slimming down the number of large vehicles on the road, the American automotive market is notorious for it’s love of the SUV. It’s not uncommon to hear people justify purchasing a larger vehicle with the sentiment that it provides greater safety for their family and themselves. However, in reality, larger high-riding vehicles are no safer than smaller cars for their occupants, and they often pose a much greater danger to other drivers in motor vehicle accidents.

At least 8 people were injured Monday morning after a two-vehicle rollover crash turned into a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 57 near the South Side of Chicago.
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A recent article by the Chicago Tribune has reported that a police officer was injured in a car crash in downtown Chicago on Lake Shore Drive. His squad car and another car collided in the Loop in the evening at Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street, according to a spokesperson for the Chicago police. The officer needed treatment at nearby Northwestern, but fortunately the injuries were not life-threatening. Occupants of the other car refused medical treatment, according to the fire department.

While this article does not make it clear whether either party was negligent or whether either party was at fault or shared the blame, collisions involving police and other first responders are common, often due to the nature in which they travel . Oftentimes they must travel at high speeds to respond to urgent calls, so motorists should be watchful and understand how to operate when sharing the road with police and other first responders. This includes yielding to them and pulling over. Not only does this keep our emergency responders safe, but it is the law to do so too. Keeping them safe and free from harm keeps them on the roads and in the neighborhoods keeping members of our community safe as well.

In Illinois it is the law to yield to emergency vehicles, per Public Act 93-0173. Under Section 5, 625 ILC 5/11-907, the law states that “(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making the use of audible and visual signals….(1) the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection…” By adhering to these laws when in the presence of emergency vehicles, our roads are kept safer, and officers can go about their duty and responding to emergencies.
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