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Passenger dies in fatal drunk driving accident at zoo lagoon

A 42-year-old Illinois father is facing charges of aggravated DUI and is held on bail of $1 million. This follows a fatal drunk driving accident that caused the death of his passenger. The accused driver is reported to be a personal trainer and baseball instructor, as well as a popular DJ.

Authorities reported that the man was traveling erratically at speeds exceeding 90 mph in the vicinity of Lincoln Park Zoo. It is alleged that he failed to maintain control of the car and smashed through the guard rail. He then crashed into the concrete wall that retains the lagoon at the zoo after leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The car toppled over and came to rest in the lagoon from where the driver and passenger were extricated by emergency workers and transported to the hospital.

Wrong-way driver faces charges after drunk driving accident

Many wrong-way accidents in Illinois are caused by drivers who are impaired. Despite the measures taken to prevent drivers from entering highways via exit ramps, wrong-way accidents continue to occur. While a driver's reason for entering a highway via an exit ramp could be unclear signage or his or her unfamiliarity with the area, intoxication is often the cause. It is not uncommon for an impaired driver to cause a drunk driving accident while traveling in the wrong direction on a highway.

A 21-year-old Chicago man is recovering from severe injuries after allegedly causing a fatal accident on Interstate 290 in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday. Police reports indicated that the man was traveling in the wrong direction on the highway. He apparently crashed into a van and another car, killing an occupant of the van. The alleged drunk driver and four other injured victims were transported to hospitals in the area.

Running a red light may cause injuries or death in a car accident

Red lights at intersections are installed in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that occur in them, and they are typically installed at locations known for carrying high volumes of traffic. Severe injuries and even death are often the tragic result of a car accident after a driver ran a red light. These types of accidents could also include pedestrians and cyclists. 

Illinois authorities say that the state's red light program can only be effective if all drivers obey. The Federal Highway Administration reported that the national annual average for accidents caused by drivers who disregard red lights is about 100,000 annually, resulting in approximately 1,000 fatalities. Accidents resulting from a driver who ran a red light at an intersection are typically T-bone accidents. This happens when the front of one vehicle smashes into the side of another one.

Teacher sues city of Chicago after paralyzing bicycle accident

A high school teacher filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago, A&L, INC, and the Chicago Park District. This follows a devastating bicycle accident that caused life-changing injuries to the woman. She claims that her life will never be the same after the day she went for a bike ride along a cycling trail at a lake in Illinois.

The woman alleges that was riding along a cycling trail that had a zig-zag design when it came to an abrupt end. She claims that there was no warning of the dangerous end that was at the edge of an embankment. The woman asserts that she fell nine feet over the edge and landed on a concrete slab below. She accuses the defendants of negligence in the design of the trail and in their failure to post warnings.

Passenger dies when teen driver allegedly causes car accident

Parents in Illinois may not realize the severe consequences of allowing their teenagers to drive their vehicles without a responsible adult in the front seat. There are strict rules of the road that need followed and restrictions related to the number of passengers one may carry. If such a teen is involved in a car accident, the consequences may affect the futures of both the teen and his or her parents.

Peoria police were recently called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident that took the life of a 17-year-old passenger. It was reported that the driver was also 17 years old and that he or she had had seven passengers in the SUV. Because of the driver being a juvenile, no details about the circumstances of the accident were published. However, it was stated that the SUV had crashed and rolled over.

Both drivers cited in Illinois car accident that injures 4

Illinois drivers are expected to abide by the rules of the road at all times. Failure to do so may lead to a car accident and, more often than not, injuries or even death. However, not all accidents are caused by the negligence of only one driver, and it is not uncommon for more than one driver to be cited for safety violations when an accident occurs.

Deputies issued citations to both drivers in a two-vehicle accident that recently occurred on an Illinois highway. The accident report states that a driver who was heading north made a left turn onto another road without yielding to an approaching southbound vehicle. A collision occurred, and a passenger in the first car who suffered severe injuries was airlifted to a hospital. The northbound driver, along with the other driver and her passenger were taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Head-on car accident in Illinois claims life of toddler

Nothing is more devastating than losing a child in a fatal accident. These situations are even more tragic when the car accident could have been prevented. The members of an Illinois family are picking up the pieces after a tragic car accident that caused the death of an 18-month-old toddler in early December.

The Illinois State Police reported that a 43-year-old man was eastbound on a state highway when he moved across the center line and into the lane of oncoming traffic. The reasons for this have not yet been determined. Police say that a 66-year-old woman who was traveling in the opposite direction attempted to avoid the collision, but failed, and was struck head on.

Young man allegedly causes fatal drunk driving accident

As we go into the holiday season, drunk driving accidents will likely become more frequent in Illinois and elsewhere. While people are not expected to miss all the fun associated with this time of the year, authorities do caution that a designated driver should be used whenever they plan to travel after consuming alcohol. Even a single drunk driving accident that claims a life is one too many.

A 65-year-old woman lost her life in a car accident in St. Charles on a recent Friday afternoon. Police said that the woman was northbound on a local roadway when the vehicle operated by a southbound driver crossed the median. He reportedly smashed head-on into the woman's car, causing critical injuries. According to reports, she was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to her injuries.

Bike riders are often prejudged after a motorcycle accident

The majority of Illinois motorcycle accidents involve collisions with vehicles. Severe injuries and even fatalities are common consequences of a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are often typecast as individuals who live and ride recklessly, while many accidents are caused by another motorist's failure to look out for, or yield to a motorcycle, along with other forms of negligence.

Severe back, neck and head injuries, fractured bones and internal trauma are injuries commonly suffered in motorcycle accidents. Many people believe that the outcome of a claim will depend on whether the rider wore a helmet, but this is a misconception. Motorcycle riders in Illinois who have suffered severe injuries in accidents that were caused by another party's negligence retain the right to pursue compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and other damages related to the accident.

Tow truck driver's injury in car accident brings call for caution

Winter in Illinois typically brings ice and snow on the roads. Many drivers recognize that a driver's seemingly insignificant error in such conditions could result in a devastating car accident. Most allow themselves more time to get to their destinations rather than having to rush there. Motorists typically increase the distance from other vehicles when traveling in adverse weather conditions.

However, others drive no differently than they would in the summer, causing the tow truck drivers to be extremely busy at this time of the year. An employee of a tow truck company in Marion was recently knocked down by a car while he was attending to an accident. This incident motivated tow truck drivers to call on motorists to take extra care while out on icy roads, as severe injuries and even fatalities can be brought about by negligent drivers.

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