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RRstar.com recently released a report detailing a rollover accident that occurred due to a driver making an illegal U-turn. An Illinois car accident lawyer at our firm read that the accident occurred at 6:45pm last Wednesday on U.S 20, about a half-mile west of South Alpine Road. Illinois State Police say a motorist was westbound in the left lane and suddenly slowed down to travel in reverse, attempting to make an illegal U-turn on the raised grassy median. A vehicle traveling behind it swerved off the roadway to avoid a collision, and though no serious injuries were reported, he had to be extricated from the vehicle after it rolled over. The report states that the motorist traveling in reverse immediately fled the scene but was later caught by police. He was cited for numerous offenses including proper backing and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.

From the perspective of an Illinois car accident attorney, there were two primary factors present that caused the above accident, the first being the motorist’s decision to travel in reverse on a busy roadway. Reversing a vehicle is a very dangerous maneuver, as it is sometimes difficult to see other motorists surrounding the vehicle. There are certain situations where it is simply unsafe to reverse, including highways, roadways with traffic, or areas with cyclists or pedestrians. Though reversing was necessary for the motorist to make the U-turn, it was not the appropriate place to do so and thus the accident took place.

This leads to the second problem in the above report, making an illegal U-turn. A U-turn is considered illegal if a driver is either on a one-way street, crosses a curb, crosses double white lines or a median in the center of the road, or completes a U-turn if road markings or signs indicate “No U-turns.” It is important to remember that a driver’s decision to attempt an illegal U-turn affects all other motorists on the roadway; even carefully performing an illegal U-turn can cause serious injury to approaching vehicles. Thus, it is important that if a driver needs to complete a U-turn, they do so safely on a roadway where it is legal.
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Chicagotribune.com recently made a report detailing a car accident near southwest suburban Plainfield that left one person dead and five people, including an infant and a toddler, seriously injured. Our Illinois car accident attorneys read that at about 2:30pm last Saturday, a car carrying a husband, wife, infant, and toddler was westbound on Route 126 waiting to turn left onto County Line Road. As the car was about to turn, an SUV, also traveling westbound, rear-ended the car and rolled over several times. After being hit by the SUV, the car spun and side swiped a motorcycle traveling eastbound on Route 126.

A Fire Department Deputy Chief states the family traveling in the car was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and was transported to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. The man, toddler and infant were transported by ambulance in serious condition, while the woman was listed in critical condition. The deputy stated that both children were properly restrained in car seats, ultimately saving their lives. The driver of the SUV was thrown from his vehicle upon impact and was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in serious condition. The motorcyclist was transported to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora in critical condition. According to Illinois State Police, he unfortunately went into traumatic arrest in the ambulance and died later that evening. He was not believed to have been wearing a helmet.

In addition to the fire department deputies and Illinois state policemen at the scene, Plainfield police and Kendall County police arrived as well. Plainfield Emergency Management blocked the roads at the intersection and surrounding the area after the accident, and they were reopened later that evening.

Although the report does not confirm who was to blame in this particular accident, our Chicago car accident attorneys understand that these types of accidents are very common throughout the state of Illinois and can ultimately become fatal if the proper precautions are not used while driving on roadways. An accident involving young children can potentially kill them upon impact if the children are not properly restrained in car seats. The children in the above report were both in their car seats, ultimately saving their lives. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental death for children ages four through fifteen, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Every year, about 2,000 children under the age of fifteen die and nearly 300,000 are injured in passenger vehicle crashes; more than half of these children were not properly restrained.
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A promising 21-yeaer-old college student recently died after being involved in a car accident near Athens, Illinois. According to the KirksvilleDailyExpress.com, the student veered off the right side of the road into a ditch. Her car rolled over, landing back on its tires, but the student did not survive the impact. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The cause of the incident remains unknown, but her experience in not uncommon among people of her age group.

Young drivers are notoriously overrepresented in car accidents. In accidents involving alcohol, drivers from the age 16 to 24 constitute 28 percent of accidents. However, only 14 percent of the U.S. population is in this age group.

There are multiple factors at play here. For one, younger people are often more likely to drink alcohol and use drugs, but also are relatively much less experienced with such substances. Thus, they are more likely to act in ways that that put them in danger, such as driving, when using such substances.

Inexperience also plays a significant role when it comes to driving. Younger people generally have less experience driving, and as such, are more likely to make mistakes that more experienced drivers have learned avoid. The claim that young people have a feeling of invincibility, causing them to be reckless, fits nicely within this causal framework.
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On June 6, a woman and her infant were involved in a rollover accident on I-290, The Daily Herald reported. The car rolled over after striking the right wall of the Illinois expressway. The infant was seriously injured and is currently still in critical condition. Police reports indicate that the infant’s car seat was not properly attached to the car, nor were the car seat’s fastening straps properly positioned on the baby.

The mother “has been cited for failing to properly install” the car seat, as well as improper lane usage and driving without insurance. This incident raises a complicated issue regarding the issue of negligence. In cases like this, it may be unclear whether this was an act of negligence or simply excusable ignorance.

The state trooper interviewed in the article, who is a safety education office and child seat technician, argues that this is more so an issue of ignorance than it is of negligence. His reasoning is that there was no harm intended in that the parents did utilize a safety seat. Additionally, a recent car seat check in the Chicago area demonstrated that, “between 50 percent and 75 percent of the seats were installed incorrectly.”
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Recently, the Belleville News Democrat reported on a tragic Illinois car accident that seriously injured three individuals and resulted in the fatality of a Madison County woman. The single car accident occurred near the intersection of Interstate 255 and 270. Reports state that the car began drifting off to the right side of the road when the driver tried to overcorrect it – ultimately causing the car to cross both lanes of traffic. The car struck the guardrail causing the vehicle to flip and roll over numerous times. One of the passengers was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The other three individuals sustained severe injuries and were transported to the nearby hospital. While the accident is still under investigation, it was affirmed that two of the passengers were not wearing their seatbelts.

An Illinois car accident can prove to be serious and life threatening, especially if the driver or passenger is not wearing their safety belt. Even though seatbelt use is seemingly on the rise, due to rigorously enforcement programs – like Illinois’s “click it or ticket,” many injuries and fatalities continue to result from failure to buckle up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that individuals ages 18-34 are far less likely to wear a seatbelt, even though seat belts reduce serious injuries and fatalities by 50%. It is highly recommended that everyone (drivers and passengers alike) buckle up, even if you are just going on a short trip.

Our Illinois car accident attorneys strongly advocate for safe driving practices. This includes buckling up every time you are in a vehicle, refraining from cell phone use during vehicle operation, never drinking and driving, in addition to, always paying attention to traffic. Too many lives have been lost due to unsafe or careless driving. If you or someone who know has been seriously injured in a car accident at the hands of a negligent or careless driver, you may be able to seek compensation for the damages you have incurred.

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The Chicago Tribune reported on a Chicago car accident the occurred earlier this morning. At around 1:30 a.m. a pickup truck collided with an SUV in the Little Village neighborhood. The 21 year old driver of the pickup truck carrying two passengers struck the oncoming SUV carrying one other passenger, ultimately causing both cars to rollover — according to NBCChicago.com. Emergency medical crew immediately arrived at the scene to assist the five injured passengers.

Of all the five injured individuals, the drivers of both vehicles sustained the most severe injuries. The two female passengers of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries and the passenger of the SUV was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. It was later revealed that the 21 year old driver of the pickup truck was driving under the influence of alcohol. Police cited the man with DUI, as well as, the failure to follow traffic signals, reduce speed, and produce a valid driver’s license.

Drunk driving is 100% preventable. According to DUI.Lifetips.com, every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash. If you are on the road and suspect that another vehicle’s operator is drunk, follow these simple steps to ensure that the safety of all drivers is maintained. One of those tips is to immediately call local police or highway patrol. From there, give the officers detailed information of your current location, the potential drunk driver and their license plate number.

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There are countless causes for the car accidents that plague our streets daily. Many of them stem from distracted drivers who fail to focus on the dangers in front of them while behind the wheel. Others involve icy roads and dangerous weather that is not properly managed. However in some cases the problem has nothing to do with driver action, but instead stems from physical problems with the car. If the car itself malfunctions there is little the driver and passengers can do to prevent accidents.

For example, MSNBC explained a recent car accident lawsuit involving an auto dealership repair service. The family of a couple killed in a rollover accident filed suit against the Ford dealers who had recently performed a tire repair on the victim’s E350 Sportsmobile. The plaintiff argued (and the jury agreed) that the tire repair was faulty, leading to a right-rear tire tread separation. That tire separation caused the van to rollover while the couple was inside.

The jury ultimately awarded the family $14 million for the losses.
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A Midlothian, Illinois couple en route to Colorado to greet their son as he returned from Iraq was involved in a van crash. The husband was killed in the automobile accident in Colorado. His wife was at the wheel of their van and lost control, driving off the left side of the road. As she overcorrected the vehicle, it began to roll. All the windows broke and her husband was thrown from the van. The woman has been charged with the misdemeanor count of careless driving that caused death. The son was told of the automobile accident and the death of his father when he landed in Colorado. To read more about the tragic automobile accident, please click the link.

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Six people, including two children, were personally injured in a rollover automobile accident on Chicago’s Southside. All of the personally injured were in fair to serious condition. Police investigators stated that the automobile accident involved a rollover vehicle. If you have been involved in an automobile accident, find an Illinois lawyer. To read more about the rollover crash, please click the link.

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A 61-year-old man from Alexis, IL was killed in a car accident on March 26 while driving near Knoxville. The decedent was driving his Chevy Avalanche in the left lane of I-74 when another vehicle approached his car at a high rate of speed. The second car attempted to pass the Avalanche in the right lane but ended up colliding with the SUV instead. The Avalanche hit the median and rolled, ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seat belt. The driver of the second vehicle had no injuries and was charged with improper lane change. Read the full account of this car accident from the Peoria Journal Star .