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Have you suffered injuries caused by a road rage car accident?

Because road rage can take many different forms, there are no accurate statistics available of such incidents on Illinois roads. What is known, though, is that road rage is a growing problem that causes many unnecessary injuries and even fatalities. Some people may say that they witness road rage almost daily. An enraged driver who causes a car accident may have to face devastating legal consequences.

It has been suggested that the fast pace at which modern Americans live may bring about excess stress. Under certain conditions, already stressed drivers may be especially aggravated when they are exposed to periods of high volumes of traffic, such as during rush hour. Road rage is typically triggered by one driver irritating another driver by his or her actions. This is often unintentional and may be insignificant, though enough to infuriate another driver. He or she may then decide that the "offending" driver should be taught a lesson, and the way the other driver handles this often determines what follows next.

Tragic head-on car accident on Route 72 claims life of 5-year-old

Illinois Route 72 was closed for hours following a tragic accident that occurred on a recent Friday afternoon. A child, who was sitting in a car seat at the time, was killed in the car accident. An accident investigation was still underway at the time of the media report.

A preliminary report from the sheriff's office states that the child was a passenger in her father's SUV when they were heading west on Route 72 at about 3:15 p.m. A 17-year-old eastbound driver allegedly failed to maintain control of his vehicle as he attempted to navigate a curve. The car crossed into the opposite lane. It appears that the driver of the SUV was unable to avoid the head-on crash that followed.

Illinois car accident leaves 2 dead, 2 critically injured

Drivers are expected to drive in a responsible and observant manner that does not endanger the lives of their passengers or others using Illinois roadways. They must be vigilant when they approach busy intersections. It is not uncommon for a car accident to result from a driver's failure to keep a proper lookout while traveling on Illinois roads.

The Illinois State Police, along with the Sheriff's Department from Knox County, are investigating a car accident that occurred on a recent Tuesday afternoon. The cause and details of the incident have not been made available, and the media report makes no mention of criminal charges. Among other factors, investigators will have to determine whether drugs or alcohol may have played a role, or whether one of the drivers disregarded a traffic device at the intersection where the cars collided. It was reported that the intersection has a stop sign for vehicles heading in a north-south direction, while no sign exists for those traveling in an east-west direction. 

Bus driver alleges he was injured in drunk driving accident

An Illinois driver of a school bus claims that the consequences of an accident that occurred when the bus he was driving was rear-ended have been taking their toll. He recently filed a civil lawsuit, claiming in excess of $100,000 in monetary damages. This man is just one of many people who have suffered injuries blamed on a drunk driving accident.

The bus driver states that he was northbound on a local roadway in O'Fallon when another northbound vehicle rear-ended the bus. The bus driver claims that the other driver failed to keep a lookout while traveling at a high rate of speed. He also alleges that he was the victim of a drunk driving accident.

Crystal Lake pedestrian severely injured in car accident

Illinois pedestrians are always vulnerable, because they are unlikely to wear any protective gear. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, it is not only the impact of the car that causes injuries, but also the impact of the pedestrian striking the ground. Injuries suffered by pedestrians who are involved in a car accident are often catastrophic injuries, and in some cases they are even fatal.

Emergency crews in Crystal Lake attended to a pedestrian accident that occurred in the mid-afternoon of a recent Thursday. Initial police reports say that a 39-year-old pedestrian was knocked down by a vehicle as she entered the roadway. It is unclear whether her intention was to cross the street or whether she was in a crosswalk. After the impact, the injured victim reportedly landed on the pavement.

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.

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