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.
Because we have interstate highway traffic roaring by Edwardsville every minute of every day, we understand the dangers of high-speed driving. Precisely because of those speeds, motor vehicle crashes on interstates are often violent collisions that result in serious injuries and fatalities.
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.
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.
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.
It takes just a short while to drive southeast of Edwardsville to get to Aviston. The small Clinton County village is today mourning the loss of one of its residents.