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car safety, Waukegan personal injury lawyers, winter car preparation, winter car accidents, snow tiresWhile it is not snowing  yet, the winter season is quickly approaching. But is your car prepared for the cold?

Making sure your car is ready while the temperature outside drops can prevent car accidents and keep you safe while out on the road. Consider the following tips to help prepare your vehicle for the winter:

  1. Keep a box of supplies and non-perishable food in your car. In the event that your engine fails or you are stranded on the side of the road because of a severe snowstorm, make sure you have food, water, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, blankets, and other supplies. Keep these supplies in your vehicle all winter long.

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designate a sober driverDue to the upcoming holiday season, travel and traffic increase this time of year. Unpredictable Illinois weather causes riskier driving situations with higher levels of precipitation leading to dangerous conditions on the road. When mixed with celebratory occasions and holiday gatherings where alcohol is involved, this can become a deadly combination.

The most recent statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that in a single year, 886 motor vehicle accidents resulted in fatalities in the United States. Of those accidents, 436 people were killed in accidents where the driver’s blood alcohol concentration was over the legal .08 limit.

There are legal consequences for Illinois drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even a first time conviction can carry a penalty of:

  • up to a maximum fine of $2,500;
  • possible jail time for up to one year; and
  • loss of driving privileges for one year.

Police typically prepare for extra DUI enforcement around the holidays to prevent drunk drivers on the road. Additionally, WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago reported that one holiday season, a program directed by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists would reward people who reported Illinois drunk drivers $100.

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air bag manufacturers, car safety, Chicago auto accident, Chicago car accident attorneys, faulty air bag, front air bags, safety precautionsSometimes safety precautions can be dangerous. Front air bags in a motor vehicle, meant to break the blow of a hard-hitting accident to the driver and passenger seat, can be more dangerous than helpful, despite their intention to keep the person from being ejected from the car through the windshield.

In fact, according to a publication abstract of the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (NIH), front air bags were not deployed in approximately 18 percent of accidents that were fatal for a front occupant of the vehicles studied. This seems an extremely high percentage when considering that air bags are required by law and strictly regulated.

Also reported in the NIH abstract, one to two-percent of such front occupant fatalities could have been avoided had the frontal air bag deployed. This means that system failure in the vehicle resulted in death in one to two-percent of crashes fatal for the front occupant. And with that said, child passengers in the front seat are more likely to be killed by a frontal air bag. Noted in a different publication abstract from the NIH, “reports of eight deaths of child passengers in crashes involving air bag deployment are of special concern because they involved low-speed crashes that the children otherwise might have survived.”

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