Car accidents are common throughout the United States, including in Illinois, but they are more common in large urban areas with streets and highways that are crowded with traffic day and night. Unfortunately, when cars and other vehicles collide, their occupants are vulnerable to injuries from the minor to the extremely serious and even the life threatening. In the worst cases, people die from collisions. Too often, the cause is negligence, and one of the worst acts of negligence is to drive while intoxicated.
Traffic regulations are meant to ensure the safety of all motorists and other people on the nation's roadways. Although most drivers follow these rules, some do not. When drivers fail to obey even the simplest of these rules, such as yielding the right of way and obeying posted speed limits, the results are often catastrophic. An auto accident can both change and end lives in just a fraction of a second.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States. Many drivers continue to operate their vehicles after they have consumed alcohol. Consuming even one glass of wine before driving can affect the driver's alertness, making that driver susceptible to irrational decisions on the road. Consuming more alcohol can make the driver much more susceptible to driving errors. Those drivers who drive with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.15 percent or above are known as hardcore drunk drivers, and they pose a serious threat to other people's safety.
As Illinois residents know, car accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. The majority of car accidents involve at least two vehicles, although single-car accidents are also common. When two cars are involved in a collision, one or both parties involved may have been acting negligently before the collision. Accident investigators routinely try to establish the relative contributions of each party to the crash during their investigation. The party that is found to be wholly or predominantly negligent is most likely to be found liable for the crash.
Collisions between two cars are the most common type of traffic accidents on roadways in most of the country, including Illinois. These auto accidents often produce catastrophic injuries and deaths. Naturally, after any car accident, the question of who was at fault arises. If you were involved in a car accident and have sustained injuries as a result of that collision, then you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation. You may be, but first fault and liability must be established.
Auto accidents happen every day in Illinois. Unfortunately, too many result from an especially bad type of driver negligence -- drunken driving. Drunk driving accidents often injure and kill, but they are considered largely preventable because drivers can choose between the correct and responsible choice of not driving after drinking, and the incorrect and irresponsible choice of driving after they have consumed alcohol. You may be interested to know more about how to obtain compensation in the aftermath of a drunken-driving accident.
Auto accidents in Illinois have the potential to severely injure victims, or even result in death. Some accidents occur because of weather and road conditions, but others are the result of negligent actions on the part of drivers, whether they involve recklessness, speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drivers who are negligent put their own lives as well as other people's lives at risk. For this reason, they can be held criminally liable and may also be subject to civil lawsuits.
Distracted driving is a growing concern here in Kane County, Illinois, and on roadways all over the country because texting while driving causes accidents. A Chicago Tribune editorial column recently addressed the problem, stating that the current penalty for texting Illinois drivers is not enough to deter this dangerous behavior. Perhaps it's time for Illinois to levy stiffer sanctions for distracted driving. Otherwise, the next time a texting driver presses the "send" button, it may be more than a message that is sent. The driver also could be sending a motorist to the hospital or worse, to his or her death.
The prolonged frigid temperatures of early 2014 have wreaked havoc on drivers throughout Illinois. While heavy snowstorms slow roadways, another more insidious hazard accompanies winter weather: black ice.
Some Illinois residents may be unaware of the statewide "move over" law, which requires drivers to give clearance to authorized emergency vehicles, such as police cars, that are stopped on the side of the road. Motorists' failure to follow this law too often puts police officers, emergency responders and stranded motorists at risk of serious injury.