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For most of those working in the greater Chicago area, commuting through heavy traffic is part of the necessary daily routine. While consistently dealing with traffic can bring complacency behind the wheel, rush hour driving can be quite dangerous. 

On December 20, commuters in Illinois were reminded of the increased risk that comes with heavy traffic, as a four-vehicle collision on the Kennedy Expressway resulted in the death of one man. If you regularly commute through heavy traffic to get to and from work, these simple tips could help you avoid a car crash

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,No matter where in the world we are commuting, whether we are traveling by car or by foot, there are certain areas on and around our roadways that tend to be hot spots for car accidents and pedestrian injuries. Traffic intersections remain at the top of the list when it comes to these problematic areas. Thankfully, there are multiple engineering efforts in effect on behalf of our roadway officials and experts, such as special geometric designs and the utilization of various traffic control devices. These efforts work as preventative measures to reduce accident and injury at our intersections, and they are ever-evolving, with new designs and strategies introduced periodically. Your Role in Intersection Accident Prevention Along with these collision prevention efforts, drivers and pedestrians are left to do their part in taking a proactive role in their own safety. Intersections will always be hazardous due to the nature of their surroundings. Pedestrians and motorists meet and converge at traffic signals for a number of activities, naturally producing opportunities for collision. There are certain steps we can take, however, that lower our chances of accident or injury significantly. Remaining alert as we drive or pass through an intersection is our very best defense against experiencing an accident. Here are some common hazards that signal danger as we approach an intersection and how to spot them sooner, rather than later: Drivers failing to yield - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reports that a common cause of angle and turning crashes at intersections are caused by the failure to yield to oncoming vehicles. Flashing Yellow Arrow signals (FYAs) have been implemented to address this problem. Watch out for drivers who are speeding through these flashing lights and failing to yield to you as you move in their direction. The moment you see this, slow down immediately and approach the signal with extreme caution. Aggressive behaviors - Be on the lookout for any signs of other drivers displaying erratic or aggressive behaviors. For example, if you see someone speeding, tailgating, or swerving impulsively as you approach a busy intersection, slow down, do not make eye contact, and do not challenge the driver in any way. These are signs of angry, intoxicated, or unstable driving, and should be avoided at all costs. If you feel you are in serious danger or that the lives of others are in danger, do not hesitate to pull to the side of the road and notify the authorities. Incorrect (or lack of) use of designated crosswalks - Another hazard to watch out for is a pedestrian crossing the road where no marked crosswalk exists or using a crosswalk incorrectly, such as walking when the signal tells them not to. Pedestrians who fail to obey the intersection signals and signs place everyone who crosses their path at risk for accident and injury. When you witness this, make sure you are not speeding and that you are prepared to stop suddenly.

If you have had the unfortunate experience of being involved in any kind of intersection-related collision, it is important to speak with a qualified Lake County car accident attorney to arm yourself with the resources you need to protect your rights in a court of law. The moment you are injured, call Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 and ask for a personal consultation.

Sources:

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/

https://idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/safety/roadway/index

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf
Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,While many of us would like to have stunning new rims for upgraded tires as well as visually attractive trim work to make our vehicles stand out on the road (and make them easily identifiable in a crowded parking lot), sometimes there is added value and security in the basic model. Although legal, with each modification made to a factory car, comes the potential for an accident. Not only are many of the aftermarket car parts not up to the standards of the original manufacturer, creating inevitable accidents when they malfunction, but some are also downright flashy and distracting to drivers on the roads. At what point do these parts go from being a vehicle enhancement to liability in a car accident? OEM Versus Aftermarket The vehicle industry breaks into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the secondary parts manufacturers, aftermarket. If you take your car to the dealership for repair, you are getting the original parts intended for the vehicle. If you take it anywhere else, you are getting cheaper, and perhaps sub-quality parts. Once drivers begin adding custom parts and colors to their vehicles, the accessories start leaning toward distracting other drivers. How Can Parts Be A Distraction It would seem that the flashy colors would make all other drivers aware of the presence of a vehicle, reducing the likelihood of its involvement in an accident. However, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. While most believe that preoccupation is always electronics related (which can occur, too), there are several causes of distracted driving. The five most prevalent causes of distracted driving include:
  • Cell phone usage,
  • Reaching for an object inside the vehicle,
  • Looking at something or someone else’s car outside the window,
  • Reading, and
  • Makeup application.
Paint Jobs and Fancy Accessories Causing Accidents

It is within the legal rights of a vehicle owner to paint their car and add modifications. However, Illinois does have regulations about lights, sounds, and parts that may distract or blind other drivers. If you were involved in an accident that involved a vehicle with aftermarket parts, it is advisable to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney to discuss your options. If you would like to speak with a Waukegan, IL car accident attorney, Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. is available to help. We proudly offer four convenient locations and a free consultation to assist you. Call us today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a visit today.

Sources:

http://www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDocuments/Cognitive-Distraction-White-Paper.pdf

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Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,As the state of the economy improves, gas prices decrease, and more Americans head back to work, morale throughout the country rises. Unfortunately, there is something else rising as well – traffic fatalities. In fact, statistics suggest the state of Illinois is experiencing the highest number of traffic deaths since 2008. What does this mean for drivers and other road users? The following explains.

The Trend of Rising Traffic Fatalities in Illinois

Records obtained by the Chicago Tribune show that traffic fatalities in Illinois have been rising for some time now. In 2013, crashes raised by 4 percent, reaching an average of 782 incidents per day and just a little more than 1,000 deaths for that year (1,043). Numbers decreased slightly in 2014, but not by much (898 deaths for the year). This year, the number of deaths has already reached 958 and is expected to exceed the 2013 total. Only time will tell, though, if the deaths will surpass those from 2008.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,For a number of reasons, car accidents at intersections are extremely common, especially when it comes to motorist-to-pedestrian impact. On the surface, the primary reason for this is simple: Intersections present an endless potential for accident and injury, thanks to ongoing, conflicting activities.These collision hot spots are where two or more highways meet, pedestrian traffic is abundant, and motorists must make turns. All of these factors combined create the perfect opportunity for hazardous incidents to occur at these bustling junctions.

Accident Reduction

Past reports from the National Highway Traffic Administration have revealed that intersection-related crashes account for an overwhelming number of injuries and deaths throughout the United States. Out of over 5 million car crashes that occurred in the year 2008 alone, around 40 percent of them were due to intersection-related incidents. While that may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, it certainly points to a problematic trend across the nation, making it even more apparent that preventing collisions at intersections is something every driver must take seriously.

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