Many of our readers in Elgin and northern Illinois probably commute to and around Chicago every day. For some, the Dan Ryan Expressway is a popular lane to travel. Unfortunately, with so much traffic in a major city like Chicago, there are bound to be some serious car accidents from time to time on such a busy roadway.
It only takes a split-second for a car crash to occur that changes the lives of everyone involved forever. One family from Aurora recently had to experience such a tragedy when their loved one was killed in a wrong-way crash.
Fall is here, and along with it comes the crisp autumn air and beautiful autumn foliage, making it a popular time to for people in Illinois to take a scenic drive. However, any time of the year that a person takes a drive leaves them vulnerable to accidents caused by negligent drivers. While sometimes these accidents are minor and more of an annoyance than anything else, other times these accidents can be catastrophic.
It's summertime and what does that mean? It means the ubiquitous orange barrels on Illinois' streets and highways. Construction zones can be frustrating to drive in, however, drivers must take care to operate their vehicles safely nonetheless.
Driving is a task that requires a great deal of mental, visual and physical attention. Drivers in Illinois must be on the lookout for other motorists, traffic signs and signals and posted speed limits. Unfortunately a lack of awareness -- i.e. distracted driving -- can lead to serious car accidents.
Drunk driving is dangerous in Illinois as in the rest of the country. Drunk drivers lack the mental faculties and physical coordination to safely operate a motor vehicle. Therefore, many dangerous car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Drunk drivers can be individuals of any age. Despite limitations on individuals drinking alcohol under the age of 21, many still do.
Every year, car manufactures release an entirely new set of cars to the market. These cars come with a variety of different features meant to entice buyers in Illinois to purchase the new vehicle. While some of these changes are cosmetics, technology is often used to capture people's attention. While technology can be, in some cases, used to make people's lives easier, it can also make people safer.
Illinois drivers encounter a variety of different individuals while on the road. Drivers can pass other vehicles, large commercial trucks, bikers and pedestrians. In any situation, a driver needs to act carefully in order to avoid an accident. In general, a driver has a duty of care while behind the wheel. This duty of care means that they must avoid acting negligently while driving. Negligent behavior can include failing to follow traffic rules, speeding, driving while distracted, texting and driving, failing to adjust to weather conditions and engaging in other dangerous behavior.
Drivers throughout Illinois have the legal responsibility to follow the rules of the road. When drivers fail to follow these rules serious accidents can occur. Not only are these accidents dangerous to the negligent driver, but they are dangerous to everyone on the roadway. Many precautions have been put in place in order to try to prevent accidents in Illinois. Some of these precautions include protections at intersections. Whether it's a red light or stop sign, traffic control devices help to ensure that everyone understands their right-of-way.