With spring here and summer right around the corner, it is not uncommon this time of year to see more pedestrian and bicyclists on the roads enjoying the spring weather. As more people venture out to enjoy the season, it becomes crucial for motorists to be more observant and vigilant when behind the wheel, and to look out for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
Residents of Kane, Illinois, are well aware of how devastating car accidents can be. Some of those accidents are caused by extreme weather conditions or by a driver's negligence. Drivers who disobey traffic rules, drive while impaired or drive recklessly are considered negligent drivers. Such drivers, if involved in a collision, can be held liable for the damaged properties and the medical expenses of the victim. Negligent drivers can also be cited and face criminal charges.
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.