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Illinois car accident: Cognitive distractions a real issue

In Illinois and elsewhere, it is common to find distracted drivers. They are usually pretty easy to spot as they can be seen talking or texting on their phones, grooming, eating or participating in various other activities that remove their fully attention from the road. Something not often talked about, though, are the distractions cannot be seen. Cognitive distractions can also lead to a car accident.

No one is immune to cognitive, also known as mental, distractions. Everyone has things that weight on their mind. While this form of distraction may not be physically visible as the driver will be staring at the road, his or her actions may suggest that his or her thoughts are not focused on the task at hand.

Passenger injured in recent auto accident involving a semi

Police in Illinois are currently investigating the cause of an accident between a semi-trailer and a passenger vehicle. The driver of the car is actually believed to be responsible for this auto accident. The injured passenger may be entitled to seek compensation for his or her losses through legal means.

According to a recent news report, a 20-year-old male was driving northbound on I-57 in Jefferson County when his vehicle drifted into a semi-trailer that was in occupying the middle lane. The car hit the tires of the trailer and then went off the roadway and into the median. The driver and one of his passengers -- only described as a 17-year-old -- suffered injuries in the wreck. Both were transported to an area hospital for care. The truck driver was unharmed in the event.

Child injured in an auto-bicycle accident -- can I seek damages?

As the weather slowly but surely improves in Illinois, it is common to see children out on their bicycles. Sadly, there have been numerous children who have been hit by automobiles while enjoying this activity. In some cases injuries resulted, in others lives have been lost. When a child is injured or killed in an auto-bicycle accident, damages may be sought through legal means?

If your child has been injured -- or worse -- in an auto-bicycle accident, it is okay to question who is responsible and if you have the right to seek compensation for any resulting losses. Drivers are held to a higher standard when driving around children. Extra precautions are to be taken in order to prevent accidents from occurring. If a driver is found to have been negligent in his or her actions resulting in a wreck with a child on a bike, he or she may be held fully responsible for the outcome.

Illinois motorcycle accident: Fault and seeking compensation

Accidents involving motorcycles are fairly common in Illinois, especially now that the weather is beginning to improve and more motorcyclists are out on the road. When a motorcycle accident does occur, the rider or -- in the event of fatality -- his or her surviving family members may have numerous questions about determining fault and the potential for achieving compensation. If negligence is believed to have contributed to the incident, according to the state, civil claims may be filed in order for damages to be sought.

Fault is not always immediately apparent following an auto accident. When investigating such an incident, authorities will need to look at several factors, including the actions of the other driver (if applicable), the actions and riding skills of the motorcyclist, road hazards and possible manufacturing defects. In some cases, the fault will lie solely on the driver thought to have caused the collision. In others, comparative negligence -- meaning that the motorcycle rider may be found partially at fault -- may come into play; however, in such cases some level of relief may still be achieved through legal means.

Car accident: Distracted driving a real issue in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, distracted driving is a serious issue. It leads to accidents involving pedestrians and other vehicles and often has serious -- if not fatal -- outcomes. When a car accident occurs as a result of distracted driving, the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation through legal means.

In the year 2014, just over 3,000 people across the United States were killed by distracted drivers. Another 431,000 people suffered injuries because of the same. Cellphone usage is believed to be the biggest culprit.

2 fatalities after tragic hit-and-run car accident

Parent's typically expect their children to outlive them and live full long lives. The unexpected death of a child is devastating, and having to witness the tragic death of a child is heartbreaking. Recently, an Illinois mother had to witness not one, but two of her children die after they were involved in a car accident just outside their house. 

The mother's 25-year-old son drove to her home in the cab car he drove to pick up his 22-year-old sister to drive her to work. As the son pulled out of a the driveway, a large SUV crashed into the cab. The mother reported hearing a loud noise from inside the house. Upon approaching the accident, she witnessed the horrifying scene of both of her children struggling to survive their injuries. Both were rushed to nearby facilities, but neither survived. 

Driver admits guilt to contribution in fatal bicycle accident

Some Illinois residents enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs on television at their favorite local bar, restaurant or with friends. Game viewing is often accompanied by consuming alcohol. Some people unfortunately make poor decisions after consuming alcohol that could harm themselves and/or others. Not long ago, a Cubs fan caused a bicycle accident after he made the poor choice to drive drunk.

Reports state that the 32-year-old male had been with friends watching a baseball game. The legal blood alcohol limit to drive is in Illinois is .08 percent, and his was almost double that limit. Not only was he under the influence, but he was also driving 20 to 30 miles over the speed limit. His apparent reckless driving caused him to collide with a man on a bicycle.

Victims in drunk driving accident have rights to compensation

People are faced with a multitude of decisions daily. Many decisions are routine and may have little to no impact to those around them. Unfortunately, the decision to drive while intoxicated is one that may have repercussions that can be harmful or fatal to others. Recently in Illinois, a man allegedly made a poor choice that may have resulted in a drunk driving accident.

The 25-year-old man, a fireman and a paramedic, is accused of negligent driving, which allegedly resulted in a four-vehicle accident. While reportedly driving to his parent's house one evening, he crossed over into the other lane of oncoming traffic. His Chevrolet truck first made contact with a Ford F150, and then fatally crashed into a Ford Taurus. The accident came to an end when a driver of a Hyundai Elantra rear-ended the Chevrolet truck. Criminal charges have been filed against the Chevy truck driver due to suspicion that he may have been driving drunk.

Car accident victim's families may be eligible for compensation

When raising a child, parents childproof their homes, encourage their children to wear helmets when riding bicycles, teach kids to look both ways before crossing the street and other things in attempt to protect their children from dangers in the world. Unfortunately, a parent cannot always control the actions of other people that may bring harm to their child. Recently in Illinois, a mother and daughter lost their lives in a car accident due to the apparent reckless driving of another man.

According to the initial investigation, a 32-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter were in a Chevrolet Suburban, waiting to turn left at a green light when tragedy struck. Witnesses relayed to authorities that the driver of a red sedan appeared to be speeding through the intersection, with no attempt to slow down. The impact between the two vehicles caused the Suburban to roll over, ejecting both the mother and the daughter.

Fatal bicycle accident may warrant compensation for family

People choose to ride bicycles for a number of reasons. Many ride them for exercise, recreation enjoyment, convenience or lack of another vehicle for transportation. Whatever the reason people ride, they face many dangers sharing the roads with larger vehicles. The drivers of larger cars and trucks frequently fail to see and properly yield to bicycles, at times resulting in a bicycle accident. Many car and truck drivers may not realize that the state of Illinois recognizes bicycles as a vehicle, giving cyclists the same rights on roads.

Recently, a man lost his life in Chicago while riding a bicycle. Reports state that a 36-year-old man driving a sedan hit a bicycle rider in an intersection. The cyclist was apparently riding west, and the sedan was driving north through the intersection.