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.
Illinois residents don't often think about the possibility of getting into a car accident while they are driving down the road. People like to think that they will be safe getting from point A to point B. However, the reality is that Illinois roads can be very dangerous. People can get into a car accident at any time and in any place.
As cars travel through Illinois, they may meet many obstacles. Congested roadways, construction delays and other dangers are constants in the state. However, no danger may be as serious as negligent drivers. Negligent drivers are people who fail to use the caution that is required to safely operate a motor vehicle. These drivers are reckless. They may ignore traffic laws, speed or weave through traffic. In some cases, these drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. These drivers place themselves and all others on the road in danger.