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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.

Illinois family upset after sentence for drunk driving accident

At about midnight on an October day in 1996, an Illinois mother and her friend were pushing her broken-down vehicle off the roadway. A man who was later found to have been intoxicated smashed into them. The mother was killed on impact, and her friend suffered severe injuries in the drunk driving accident. The driver reportedly fled to his home country after entering a guilty plea in 1998.

After years of thorough investigation, the driver was located and extradited to the United States in March of this year. The drunk driver, now a 75-year-old man, was recently sentenced to five years in prison. However, it was reported that when taking eligibility for parole and days spent in custody into consideration, he will likely spend no more than two years in jail. The Cook County prosecutor asked for the maximum sentence of 14 years, while his defense urged the court to not judge the man by only one day.

Excessive speed on icy roads may lead to a car accident

Many people in Illinois will remember the winter of 2013-2014 for many years. The exceptionally cold, snowy weather affected the entire state. Extreme weather conditions pose many hazards, and extra care is necessary whenever motorists take to the road. Freezing rain and sleet often cause ice layers on the roadway, and the slightest driver error could result in a car accident.

Many people believe that car accidents on icy roads are always caused by reckless or inexperienced drivers, while excessive speed remains detrimental in icy road conditions. Marketing campaigns often show vehicles traveling at high rates of speed through snow, misleading motorists to believe that modern vehicles are equipped with the necessary safety equipment and tires to allow safe driving at high speeds. Regardless of the safety technology your vehicle is equipped with, losing control can happen in a split second.

Pickup and combine auto accident claims life of Illinois driver

Accidents that involve large farm equipment and automobiles often result in fatalities. The sheer weight and size of heavy farm machines is enough to crush a passenger vehicle in such an auto accident. An Illinois woman recently lost her life when her vehicle crashed into a combine harvester.

The Illinois State Police reported that the 65-year-old woman, along with an 80-year-old passenger, was northbound in a pickup truck on Illinois 1 on a recent Wednesday afternoon. At the same time, a 73-year-old man was eastbound on a country road that intersects with Illinois 1. He was driving a combine harvester, and it is alleged that he proceeded across the highway after briefly stopping at the intersection. However, he apparently failed to yield for the approaching pickup truck.

Bicycle accident leads to claim against fire department driver

Drivers in Illinois are required to yield when bicyclists have the right of way. Bicycle riders are extremely vulnerable because they have no protection, and it is not uncommon for a bicycle accident victim to suffer severe injuries or even death. While most drivers are aware of other vehicular traffic when they want to turn at intersections, some fail to keep a proper lookout for cyclists.

In a claim that was recently filed in a Chicago civil court, a cyclist alleges that a driver who happens to work for the Chicago Fire Department caused an accident that resulted in severe personal injury and property damage. Although the fire department is also listed as a defendant, it is unclear whether the driver was on duty or whether he was driving a vehicle belonging to the fire department when the accident occurred. The plaintiff asserts that she was riding her bicycle in a lane designated for cycles when the man allegedly turned without yielding. She claims that the defendant made an unsafe right turn without signaling his intention to do so. Furthermore, she claims that he failed to stop or reduce speed in order to avoid knocking her down.

How to recover unexpected medical expenses after a car accident

It is not uncommon for drivers in Illinois to find all kinds of distractions while on the road. In addition to the apparent need of some to operate mobile devices while driving, the development and construction sites along the way provide a constant distraction. Unfortunately, it only takes a split second in lack of concentration to cause a car accident with devastating consequences.

The fast pace of modern life may also be to blame for many accidents. Traveling at high rates of speed, rushing through intersections to beat red lights and lack of patience to yield before turning left may contribute significantly to the high numbers of injury accidents on our roads. Injured victims of such accidents typically experience anxiety and often have many questions related to the financial impact of the accident.

Driver arrested re alleged hit-and-run car accident in Illinois

Walking along Illinois roads may prove to be extremely dangerous. The parents of a teenager who was only 16 years old have to face a future without their son after a tragic hit-and-run car accident on a recent Tuesday evening. While it is not uncommon for hit-and-run drivers to remain unknown for long periods, the efficiency of authorities in this case saw the alleged perpetrator behind bars in no time.

It was reported that three teenagers were walking along Edwardsville Road in Granite City when a car came up from behind and smashed into two of them. The driver apparently failed to stop at the accident scene and continued on his way. The one teen suffered injuries to his leg, but his friend who was by his side was killed on impact.

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