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Speed, distractions up as causes of fatal Illinois road crashes

According to a new study by an auto insurance company, Illinois crash fatalities rose 11 percent from 2013 to 2017 (the most recent year for which complete data is available). The state had 911 killed on our streets and highways in 2013 and 1,096 fatalities in 2017.

Researchers: The key to distracted driving is in where you look

It’s easy to avoid distracted driving: just keep your eyes on the road and traffic, and watch where you’re going. While some readers might dismiss that observation as painfully obvious, MIT researchers say that no matter how evident it might be, it is true.

A poorly named auto safety feature may create more danger

Many product liability lawsuits related to automobiles center around design or manufacturing defects that make a car dangerous to operate or unreliable in a crash. A good example is the Takata air bag recall that impacted millions of vehicles made by dozens of auto manufacturers. The air bags could inflate with too much force, causing an explosion that could send shrapnel into the cab of a vehicle.

Your ride-sharing vehicle may have an unfixed safety problem

Ride-sharing services are becoming an ever-larger part of the urban experience in Illinois and across the country. The nation’s two largest companies, Uber and Lyft, are now household names. And the business model of hiring regular car owners to drive commercially in their own vehicles has largely disrupted both traditional taxi services and public transportation.

Researchers trying to turn distracted drivers into safe ones

The data on distracted driving is all one-sided. There are no studies showing that it’s a harmless diversion from boring driving. Each and every study of the growing problem shows different aspects of a phenomenon that is increasing the risks of being involved in a motor vehicle accident that causes injuries or fatalities.

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