So much is said about the dangers of texting and driving that Illinois motorists might overlook several other distractions that could have devastating consequences. Law enforcement can check the cellphone of an alleged negligent driver to identify activities that can prove distractions that led to a car accident. However, many other distractions are much more difficult to prove.
A girl, 6, has sadly lost her life in a tragic motor vehicle collision in Illinois. The evening auto accident also caused three other injuries. The crash, which involved two cars, took place at the intersection of an avenue and Route 111.
Americans are said to drive more than people in other countries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in a two-year period, the average American will spend a total of 18 full days behind the wheel of a car. With so many people using this form of transportation daily, car accidents are a big problem nationwide, with roughly 100 people dying per day in such events. Lawmakers in Illinois and elsewhere are hoping that the autonomous car will put an end to both fatal and non-fatal collisions.
Advanced driver assist systems are being installed on all new vehicles and can be found on many makes and models currently on the road in Illinois. These devices are meant to keep people safe and reduce the number of auto accidents seen in any given year. Unfortunately, according to the AAA Foundation, they may be causing more problems instead.
Most people are left with some aches and pains following motor vehicle collisions. At first, these seemingly minor injuries may not seem like a big deal, but in reality, they might be. Whiplash is a common car accident injury that causes some of these aches and pains. Numerous Illinois residents may be unaware that whiplash can actually cause long-term damage to the body.
Southern Illinois may not see too much snow during the winter months, but freezing rain, ice and other adverse weather are still a problem at times. Sadly, too few people adjust their driving habits when the roads are bad due to these conditions, and accidents result. When winter weather contributes to a car accident, the victim or -- in the event of fatality -- his or her surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for any resulting losses.
Distracted driving and impaired driving are two issues that are commonly talked about, as numerous people in Illinois and elsewhere are hurt or killed by drivers who are not paying attention or are too intoxicated to be driving their vehicles safely. Drowsy driving is also a big problem, one that deserves more attention than it gets. When a drowsy driver causes a car accident, the results can be devastating.
Auto accidents happen every day in Illinois but, thankfully, most are minor in nature. There are some, though, that have severe -- if not fatal -- outcomes. After a serious car accident, a survivor may experience a number of physical injuries, which is expected. What he or she may not expect are the psychological injuries that often present following this type of traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder, for example, is experienced by nearly 40% of all car accident victims.
Teen drivers are often more prone to dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, and one of the specific things younger drivers may do is engage in distracted driving. When Illinois drivers are distracted while operating a motor vehicle, it significantly increases the chance of car accidents.
The pace of life today is faster and at times more frantic than it has ever been before. For many, that means there is a sense of urgency every time they’re behind the wheel of their vehicle. They feel that they have to get to their destination quickly.