Every day you and other passenger vehicles share the road with large trucks in Illinois. As long as everyone is following the law and paying attention, things generally proceed without incident. However, all it takes is one error and an accident can occur. The reality, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is out of every 10 accidents that occur in the country, one of them will involve a large truck. An even scarier fact is that in such an accident, it is most likely to be you, the occupant of the passenger vehicle, who is injured.
You likely are very aware that alcohol impairs drivers on Illinois roadways. In fact, this is a huge problem with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that almost 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2014. Nobody is safe when you choose to get behind the wheel drunk. The CDC notes that a little over 200 of those people who died in 2014 alcohol-related crashes were children. The only way to bring those numbers down to zero is to educate people on the effects of alcohol on driving.
It is almost summertime in Illinois, which means it might be time for you to bust out that motorcycle and hit the open road. As enjoyable as it can be to cruise around your city streets and feel the wind on your face, remember that you have very little protection as a motorcycle rider. If you are to collide with a car or truck, you will likely find yourself on the losing end.
There is no question that driving a motorcycle can be dangerous. Not only is there essentially no protective barrier between you and the road, motorcycles lack certain safety devices that cars are equipped with, such as seat belts and air bags. It is not a surprise that people who are involved in motorcycle accidents often get seriously injured or killed as a result of the impact. Yet, who is at fault for the majority of car accidents?
Accidents involving semi-trailer trucks can be especially devastating, and this is clear from a recent Illinois collision. According to WQAD News 8, two trucks collided on Interstate 80 on April 28, resulting in serious injuries. If you have been in a truck accident, you know how serious the consequences can be.
With the end of the spring semester, many college students in Illinois will be leaving dorm life for good. While it may be possible to get everything in one load, AAA warns that failure to properly tie everything down could lead to a Class A misdemeanor. That is because the state has road debris laws that prevent vehicles from carrying cargo that is not securely fastened. A person could end up with a $2,500 fine, and a prison sentence of up to 12 months, as well.