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pedestrian-accidentSince 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities on the roadways, totaling over 4,000 deaths. Although not all pedestrian accidents end in fatality, this statistic is still alarming as it indicates a greater risk in general for any pedestrian out and about on the roadways. The NHTSA emphasizes that “everyone is a pedestrian,” providing countless resources for those who choose to walk as a main mode of transportation to help them learn how to stay as safe as possible. Why the Increase in Pedestrian Traffic Accidents? There are multiple reasons for the rise in pedestrian-related accidents in recent years, but some of the most common causes for these incidents include the following:
  1. Failure to use crosswalks - Both pedestrians and motorists play a part in this factor. Many pedestrians are needlessly injured due to not using the proper crosswalks, or crossing at the wrong time, while motorists who do not remain alert or yield to pedestrians at intersections pose a huge risk for those on foot. Sadly, this combination is a leading cause for the spike in pedestrian injury and fatality statistics.
  2. Speeding - Speeding is a dangerous driving behavior in its own right, but when it comes to pedestrian accidents, it presents a very significant danger. When a motorist speeds, they severely hinder their response time and ability to slow down or stop at intersections. They also increase their chances of colliding with other vehicles, which turns pedestrians into potential collateral damage at every turn.
  3. Distracted Driving - This is far from a new problem, but it is sadly one of the biggest threats to pedestrians on the roadways today. Drivers talking on cell phones, texting, playing with the radio or other devices, and interacting with other passengers are all contributing factors to distracted driving accidents. These factors are especially deadly when it comes to impact on pedestrians, as those on foot are particularly vulnerable to drivers who are focused on everything but the road.

Both drivers and pedestrians have a role to play on the roadways when it comes to lowering pedestrian accident statistics. Incidents will happen regardless, which is why it is important you speak with a qualified Lake County pedestrian accident attorney when you find yourself involved in such a collision. Protect your rights the moment you experience a crash by calling Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. for a free consultation. Call us at 847-662-3303 today.

Sources:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians

http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/everyoneisapedestrian/index.html
Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Distracted driving is not a new controversy, but in recent years its impact on accident statistics has certainly intensified and gained more media attention than ever before. Due to the increasingly wide range of devices we use to manage and navigate our everyday lives, using those devices in the car has naturally become a way of life for many. Sadly, the use of any technological device while behind the wheel is one of the most dangerous behaviors a driver can adopt. While this is true for any driver, it is especially a concern when it comes to young, less experienced drivers. If you are a parent, guardian, teacher, or mentor of a teenager or college student, you can play an important role in steering the youth in your life away from distracted driving behaviors. Impress the following upon your teenager or young adult: Hands-free devices are still dangerous - While the use of a hands-free device certainly helps eliminate some distraction while behind the wheel, the distraction still exists. Even when your hands are on the wheel, your driving skills suffer when your attention is pulled away to a screen or dial. Even simple actions such as adjusting the radio volume or station can deter you from keeping your mind on the road. Passengers matter - Remind your young driver that their influence as a passenger is just as strong as when they are the driver of a vehicle. They have the power to add to - or reduce - the driver’s distraction. By remaining calm, quiet, and limiting their interaction with the driver, they can help them stay focused on the road. Additionally, they can be a voice of reason. When they see the driver using a cell phone or other device behind the wheel, they can speak up and call the driver’s attention to the dangerous behavior. Young people are more at risk for distracted driving accidents - Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, reports that young people are the most apt to talk and text behind the wheel of a car. The 15 to 19 year-old age group is most at risk. In fact, 10 percent of all drivers from 15 to 19 years old who are involved in fatal car crashes are reported as distracted at the time of the accidents.

Your young adult driver has the power of influence as both a driver and a passenger, and you possess the same influence as a parent or friend of a young person. If you have been injured in a car accident that stemmed from distracted driving, be sure to speak with a professional Lake County car accident attorney right away. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.

Source: http://www.distraction.gov/

Posted on in Pedestrian Accidents

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Pedestrian accidents and car accidents go hand-in-hand. Everyday, those on foot and those using others forms of transportation are placed at risk when they encounter vehicles on the streets. Whether the roads are rural or smack in the middle of a bustling metropolis, automobile traffic and pedestrian traffic merge and collide, creating opportunity for collision left and right.

What You Can Do as a Driver

As a driver, there are many simple things you can do to prevent pedestrian accidents and keep yourself and your passengers safe at the same time. The more proactive you are behind the wheel, the better your chances at avoiding accident, injury, and even fatality.

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Posted on in Truck Accidents

truck accident fatalityAny Chicago-area driver knows all too well that semi trucks and other large commercial vehicles are a common sight on Illinois roadways. Unfortunately, fatalities and injuries occurring from collisions with those trucks are also extremely common.

In a terrifying 2014 accident, an Illinois State Trooper was nearly killed when a semi truck crashed into the officer’s stationary vehicle at 63 miles per hour, exploding the gas tank setting the officer on fire. Though severely burned, the trooper survived, but others are not so lucky. Early this year, two Rockford University students were killed in an accident with a semi on I-90 in McHenry County in February. Another Chicago man was killed in February when his car collided with a semi on the Stevenson expressway in Hodgkins. Are all of these collisions a coincidence, or are semi trucks a real cause of highway accidents and fatalities?

Statistics

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Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney, The number of car accidents on Illinois highways impacts more than just accident and injury statistics. Did you know that your wallet is affected, too? Auto insurance companies base their quotes and rates on many different factors, including a driver’s record. In general, drivers with clean records often pay less for car insurance than drivers with accidents and citations on their records. If you are looking to save a few dollars on your auto insurance policy, driving safely and responsibly is a good place to start. It is a win-win situation; stay safe on the roads and enjoy lower auto insurance premiums at the same time. What Clean Driving Records Indicate Auto insurance companies see a clean driving record as a good indicator that the driver presents less risk on the roadways. If your record is clear of accidents and traffic violations, you are considered to be less of a liability out on the road, which means those companies are more likely to work with you and offer you various discounts on your policy premium. While keeping a positive credit score is another good way to save money on auto insurance policies, demonstrating you are a safe driver is one of the most effective ways to cut cost. Road Safety Tips to Keep Your Record Clear Some easy ways to keep your driving record clear so you can reap the benefits of discounted auto insurance premiums include avoiding distracted driving and keeping your vehicle properly maintained.  Distracted driving accidents are caused by everything from eating or applying makeup while driving to adjusting GPS devices, texting, or playing with the radio. Keeping up with vehicle maintenance ensures your car is in the best condition possible out on the road and allows you to take a proactive approach to preventing possible issues before you even leave the driveway. These efforts combined can help keep you and others safe on the roads and keep your driving record free and clear.

Staying safe on the roads pays off. You can reduce your chances of becoming an accident statistic and enjoy the rewards that comes with a good driving history. Despite your best efforts to stay safe and protect your driving record, however, you might have the unfortunate experience of being involved in a car accident at one point or another. Should you need guidance following a crash, reach out to an experienced Lake County car accident attorney. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation today.

Sources:

http://www.illinoisroads.info/

http://isp.state.il.us/links/links.cfm
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