May is National Bike Month, and some Illinois counties are taking this opportunity to address bicycle safety on the roads. Most cyclists ride their bikes as safely as most drivers operate their automobiles, but, there are exceptions -- regardless of the means of transport. Even though some bicycle riders may not follow the rules of the road, some automobile and truck drivers are simply negligent or distracted, while others have no consideration for bicycle riders. All too often, such negligence leads to a bicycle accident that can have devastating consequences.
When Illinois drivers come across unconventional vehicles on the road, they may not be prepared for the slow speeds such vehicles are able to travel. A man driving a lawn tractor lost his life in a recent car accident on Illinois 124. Similar to motorcycle riders, drivers of such vehicles have little or no protection against the impact of a collision.
The busy roads of Illinois are often the scenes of multi-vehicle accidents. If one driver loses control of a vehicle -- or is distracted -- at a time of high traffic levels, it can lead to accidents involving several other vehicles. Such an auto accident often has devastating repercussions that may include life-changing injuries and even fatalities.
Drivers in Illinois must be observant at all times as a moment's distraction may cause an accident. Too many collisions result from drivers disregarding traffic signs, often with devastating consequences. One such car accident was reported to have taken place in Carterville on a recent Monday.
After 15 teenagers lost their lives up in Tazewell County in a period of 15 months, the Illinois graduated driver law became effective in 2008. This law is designed to limit the number of senseless teenage fatalities by restricting the driving privileges of teens, to some extent, until they become more experienced drivers. A recent Aurora car accident that took the lives of two teenagers and injured others may underscore the need for young drivers and their parents to revisit the requirements of the graduated driver law.
In Feb. 2013, an Illinois woman was involved in a car accident that changed her life forever. She was pregnant at the time, and claims that the auto accident caused the premature birth of her child. She filed a lawsuit against the driver of a tractor-trailer and his employer in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County in February.
A high school teacher filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago, A&L, INC, and the Chicago Park District. This follows a devastating bicycle accident that caused life-changing injuries to the woman. She claims that her life will never be the same after the day she went for a bike ride along a cycling trail at a lake in Illinois.
Parents in Illinois may not realize the severe consequences of allowing their teenagers to drive their vehicles without a responsible adult in the front seat. There are strict rules of the road that need followed and restrictions related to the number of passengers one may carry. If such a teen is involved in a car accident, the consequences may affect the futures of both the teen and his or her parents.
Illinois drivers are expected to abide by the rules of the road at all times. Failure to do so may lead to a car accident and, more often than not, injuries or even death. However, not all accidents are caused by the negligence of only one driver, and it is not uncommon for more than one driver to be cited for safety violations when an accident occurs.
Nothing is more devastating than losing a child in a fatal accident. These situations are even more tragic when the car accident could have been prevented. The members of an Illinois family are picking up the pieces after a tragic car accident that caused the death of an 18-month-old toddler in early December.