While there are several factors that can increase your chances of being in a crash, there are certain causes that seem to be the most likely to land you in a fatal motor vehicle accident. If you are on the road in Illinois, you need to be aware of other drivers straying from their designated lane, which is the top cause of motorist deaths across the state, according to Business Insider. Here are the biggest risks in the rest of the country.
Having a driver's license is a symbol of independence in most parts of the United States. As people get older, however, their driving abilities may wane little bit by little bit. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that physical and cognitive changes negatively affect the driving ability of some older people. If you are worried about an older loved one driving or have been hit by an older driver, here are a few top reasons why the person might not have belonged behind the wheel in the first place.
Thousands of motorists in Illinois and throughout the nation share the roads with massive tractor trailers on a daily basis. These large vehicles have special operation requirements and must be driven by specially trained and qualified truckers. Even when operated by experienced truckers, however, tractor trailers can have major problems on the road, which may cause devastating truck accidents resulting in injuries and death.
Though the notion that the pedestrian always has the right of way is a good rule of thumb for drivers, this does not mean that you can be negligent while walking. As an Illinois pedestrian, you also play a role in traffic safety. Here are a few guidelines to stay safe when you are afoot.
The weather has been unseasonably warm here in Illinois, and that makes it awfully tempting to get on your motorcycle and go for a ride to enjoy it. But before you don your chaps and strap on the helmet, there are a few things you can do to ensure safe riding.
Although it is illegal for drivers to talk or text on a hand-held device while behind the wheel, many people continue to do so. Not only does this put their lives and the lives of their passengers at risk, but it endangers everyone on the road. In addition to talking and texting, a number of drivers read their social media notifications, post status updates and attempt to take selfies all while navigating the roadways. In several cases, this has led to tragic deaths. These fatalities have been documented on Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter as a sad reminder of what can happen when drivers use their cellphones.
It started with a small fender bender and ended with one woman dead and another in the hospital. A 37-year-old woman was driving southbound in her 2012 Ford on I-94 when she attempted to change lanes. There wasn't enough room, and the back of her vehicle struck the front driver's side of a 2010 Chevrolet.
A man is in the hospital suffering from major injuries — possibly a severed leg — after a horrific hit-and-run accident in Illinois in late January. The 46-year-old was crossing a street when a black Camaro, traveling at a high rate of speed, barrelled through him and just kept going. Despite having no help from the driver, the injured man was fitted with a tourniquet and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Reports say he's in stable condition.
When you're injured in a car or truck accident in Illinois, you might find yourself burdened with medical bills and lost wages. However, if the accident was due to someone else's negligence, they or their insurance companies should be the ones to handle these expenses. If the insurance company and the responsible party are leaving you high and dry, it's important to know that you still have options.