A couple of weeks ago in this Edwardsville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog, we discussed how much of a distraction kids can be to drivers. An insurance company recently performed a study of fatal car accidents to analyze the various distractions that drivers face. It found that other occupants of vehicles--such as children--are the 4th most dangerous distraction.
The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety is beginning to review traffic statistics from 2012 and it appears that the state's traffic fatalities may have increased by as much as 5 percent last year. According to the State Journal-Register, the mild winter may have led to increased traffic in 2012 and thus increased car accidents.
Many people in Illinois think that drunk drivers cause the biggest risk on our roadways. While drunk drivers are certainly negligent and very hazardous, people may be surprised about another type of person that is behind the wheel in far too many vehicles: the sleepy driver.
One of the most dangerous types of auto accidents here in Illinois is also, perhaps, one of the most preventable. Hundreds of Americans are killed each year in wrong-way car accidents, those in which drivers drive the wrong direction into oncoming traffic.