A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and funded by State Farm insurance reveals an alarming trend. The 2015 fatality rate among bicyclists rose by 12.2 percent over the previous year, and the rate outpaced the overall traffic fatality rate that year. Moreover, the average age of those killed in traffic collisions that year was 45.
A 21-year-old Illinois man entered a guilty plea in Tazewell County Circuit Court earlier this month in relation to a one-car accident that resulted in the death of a passenger in that vehicle. He was initially charged with aggravated DUI causing death and several other charges after the September crash, but he ultimately pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and the other charges were dismissed.
In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, it is very difficult for the family members and loved ones of victims to ever feel that justice has been served. There are two ways to seek justice following a fatal collision in Ilinois; one of these is through the criminal system, and the second is through the civil legal system. Criminal charges are handled by the state and can result in jail time among other consequences, while a civil claim is filed by the family and often a wrongful death attorney in order to seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost source of income and pain and suffering.
Many parents in Southern Illinois and Missouri may be paying attention to the criminal case in Cook County, Illinois, involving a woman accused of killing a 9-year-old boy in a car vs. bicycle accident last spring. The woman, 23, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death and a hearing was scheduled to take place today regarding a possible plea deal.
Illinois State Police troopers have very dangerous jobs. In order to keep our roads as safe as possible, they put themselves at risk when they pull over drivers and stand outside of their vehicles near traffic. Illinois has a "Move Over" law in order to keep these officers out of danger's way while they are doing their jobs. Under the Move Over Law, motorists must reduce their speed and move over one lane when an emergency vehicle is stopped with its lights flashing. When it is impossible to move over due to traffic, it is necessary to slow down and pass the scene safely.
Many people know that after a car accident, it is possible to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a driver who was negligent and caused the accident. This is typically done in order for the victims to either recover compensation for their related medical expenses and time spent away from work, or to pay for funeral expenses and pain and suffering caused by a fatal car accident.