May is National Bike Month, and some Illinois counties are taking this opportunity to address bicycle safety on the roads. Most cyclists ride their bikes as safely as most drivers operate their automobiles, but, there are exceptions -- regardless of the means of transport. Even though some bicycle riders may not follow the rules of the road, some automobile and truck drivers are simply negligent or distracted, while others have no consideration for bicycle riders. All too often, such negligence leads to a bicycle accident that can have devastating consequences.
The busy roads of Illinois are often the scenes of multi-vehicle accidents. If one driver loses control of a vehicle -- or is distracted -- at a time of high traffic levels, it can lead to accidents involving several other vehicles. Such an auto accident often has devastating repercussions that may include life-changing injuries and even fatalities.
Drivers in Illinois must be observant at all times as a moment's distraction may cause an accident. Too many collisions result from drivers disregarding traffic signs, often with devastating consequences. One such car accident was reported to have taken place in Carterville on a recent Monday.
A driver's momentary distraction may result in a rear-end collision with devastating consequences. These types of car accidents are often caused by drivers who drive too fast and fail to maintain safe following distances. A rear-end car accident often leads to severe injuries that can jeopardize a victim's ability to continue living life on his or her own terms. The occupants of a stationary car can also suffer life-changing head, neck and back injuries because of the force of another vehicle hitting their vehicle from the rear.
In Feb. 2013, an Illinois woman was involved in a car accident that changed her life forever. She was pregnant at the time, and claims that the auto accident caused the premature birth of her child. She filed a lawsuit against the driver of a tractor-trailer and his employer in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County in February.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.