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Posted on in Taxi Accidents

taxi accidentThe Chicago metro area and its roads is often a recipe for disaster. Commuters coming in and out of the city, event traffic, and general rush hour disorder contribute to a commotion of congestion, frustration, and, often, exasperation for drivers. One way to avoid such worries is to simply take a cab. It may be easy, but any Chicagoan also knows that the sheer number of taxis on the road significantly contribute to traffic, and that oftentimes, cab drivers are not the most cautious motorists, and many people learn that lesson the hard way. Taxi cabs are not immune from accidents, and some unlucky riders may find themselves involved in a crash while in a cab in Chicago.

Taxi Crash Data Not Readily Available

Despite anecdotal evidence showing that taxi crashes do occur with some frequency, data showing actual accident rates is surprisingly hard to find. A Chicago Police officer and spokesman interviewed by the Redeye indicated that traffic crash reports do not include any check boxes to designate whether any vehicles involved were rideshare vehicles or taxicabs. The narrative portion of the traffic report is more likely to indicate that a vehicle was a taxi, but whether this information is actually included depends on the reporting officer’s level of detail in the report. The license plate portion may also indicate taxis because they have specially issued Illinois license plates, however, without a human eye reviewing every report, there is no way to easily generate metrics showing the percentage of accidents involving taxis.

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Posted on in Car Accidents

Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Defensive driving courses exist for a reason: Every driver can increase their chances of avoiding an auto accident when they are properly equipped to practice defensive driving techniques. Learning how to prevent collisions always begins with being observant when behind the wheel. Looking ahead, keeping your eyes on both your side and rearview mirrors, and watching for any surrounding hazards is key to stopping an accident before it happens.

Here are some examples of dangerous roadway behaviors and how to spot them before a bad situation turns worse:

1. Erratic movements: Your attentiveness is your best weapon against collision, so staying alert to any erratic driving behaviors around you is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the open road. When you notice another vehicle making fast, careless movements, or maneuvers that indicate the driver is not paying attention to the road (such as swerving into another lane), slow down and steer clear of the vehicle to ensure you are out of its range. Erratic movements can also imply aggressive, reckless driving behavior, which can stem from unstable, angry, and irrational mental states.

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elderly-driverThe roadway can be a dangerous place for anyone and everyone. While certain demographics and driving behaviors tend to contribute to collision trends, the reality is car accident statistics do not discriminate. Everyone is at risk for causing or being involved in a crash. Just as young drivers face certain challenges as they learn to acquire good driving skills and the importance of avoiding bad habits, such as distracted driving, older drivers are presented with their own set of challenges when behind the wheel. Natural Challenges Natural changes that typically come with aging, such as vision changes and physical or mental limitations can, and often do, cause a shift in driving skills, making operating a vehicle riskier and more intimidating. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reported that over 5,000 people age 65 and older were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012, which was an increase from previous years. Aging does not automatically equate to the need to give up driving. It does mean adopting a few new habits and being realistic about dangerous changes in driving habits, however. Recognizing and acknowledging the effects getting older can have on your driving skills is the first step to safer driving as you age. What You Can Do Whether you are beginning to notice changes in your driving abilities as the years go on or you are noticing changes in one of your loved ones, take note of the following driving safety tips to increase your chances of preventing a collision: Talk it out: If you are concerned about changes in your driving skills, it is important to talk things out with a trusted friend or family member. Talking about any decline in health is never easy, but expressing your concerns and thoughts about the matter with someone you love and trust can go a long way when it comes to acceptance. It also helps to brainstorm with someone to come up with ideas for how you can protect yourself behind the wheel and improve your level of safety as you age. Assess your physical health: Assessing your vision, physical fitness, and your reaction time and reflexes can give you a good indicator of where you stand when it comes to operating a vehicle. Stay up to date with your doctor visits so you can proactively manage any vision or health issues, and thoroughly voice your concerns to your doctor so you can understand the nature of your limitations. Consider new boundaries: Creating new boundaries for your driving patterns and habits can be an excellent way to combat risk on the roadway as you age. Consider eliminating driving at night or during certain times of day, such as during rush-hour, or make arrangements to drive with a friend when you need to run errands around town. Driving with another passenger can be helpful, as it gives you a second set of eyes on the roadway. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to aging driver, speak with an experienced Lake County car accident attorney to make sure your rights are protected. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Older+Drivers

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/olddrive/Driving%20Safely%20Aging%20Web/index.html

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,In April this year, a 15-car pileup occurred on I-290, the Eisenhower Expressway, killing one and injuring three others. The one fatality was a renown Chicago chef and restaurateur, famous in the French restaurant community. The victim, who was 71-years old, was returning to his Oak Park home from his Bucktown restaurant when he was struck by another vehicle. Illinois State Police indicated that snowy and icy conditions caused a chain reaction accident that ultimately led to the series of car collisions.

With the number of cars in the Chicago metro area, multiple-car accidents are a frequent occurrence. Just this month, another person was killed and one injured in a four-vehicle crash that occurred during Friday rush hour on the Kennedy Expressway when a Dodge Caravan collided with a car, forcing that car to hit another, which caused that car to hit another. A 20-year-old Plainfield woman was killed near Pontiac in May after her car struck another vehicle, and several others were injured when debris from the initial accident struck their cars.

Common Causes of Multi-Car Accidents

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Fatal automobile accidents in Illinois are on the rise, law enforcement officials say, and many of them could have been prevented. Cell phone use (otherwise known as distracted driving) is thought to be a major contributing factor, but failure to use seatbelts are also said to be responsible. As such, police are asking everyone – drivers, pedestrians, and passengers – to follow the rules of the road and, above all else, buckle up when on the road.

Five Deadly Months in Illinois

Although 2016 is not even half over, Illinois has already seen 356 auto accident fatalities for the year. Of those, nearly 300 were automobile drivers or passengers, 50 were pedestrians, and 4 were bicyclists. If the current trend continues, it could place 2016’s traffic fatalities above last years – a five-year record high of 998 traffic deaths. Thankfully, there is still time to turn things around, and one factor that every passenger can control (even those who are victims in accidents).

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