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Waukegan Motor Vehicle Lawyer Head-on collisions between two cars are relatively rare compared to other types of car accidents, but they are much more likely to be fatal or cause serious injuries. In Lake County alone, there were 130 head-on collisions—more than two per week—in 2016, the latest year for which complete data is available. 10 of these crashes, 7.7 percent, resulted in a fatality. 33 of these crashes, 25 percent, resulted in serious injuries requiring immediate medical attention at a hospital emergency room. For perspective, there were 2.744 accidents where one vehicle was turning at the time of the crash. Just 0.5 percent of those crashes resulted in a fatality and 3.3 percent resulted in serious injuries.

Head-on collisions do not always involve another vehicle. They can also involve a car running into a tree or embankment. Out of 1,542 crashes involving a fixed object in Lake County in 2016, nine of them, 0.6 percent, resulted in a fatality and 64 of those crashes, 4.2%, resulted in serious injury.

Criminal Charges Help Support Claims for Damages

Excessive speed, improper lane usage, distracted driving, driver fatigue, and alcohol or drug impairment can all contribute to these types of crashes. When a driver is charged with a traffic violation in conjunction with an accident, that helps make the case that the driver was negligent and should be held responsible for financial damages to injured victims. A driver who was particularly reckless and caused a fatality can even be charged with the crime of reckless homicide. If the police do file criminal charges against the driver, that adds substantial weight to the passengers’ claims of negligence and their right for compensation.


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On March 30, two drivers were fatally injured in a head-on collision on I-94, near Libertyville, when one driver was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes. Both drivers, one of which was a 55-year-old Illinois State Police trooper, died due to injuries suffered by the time medical personnel arrived on the scene. 

The collision reminded all Illinoisans of the serious danger head-on collisions present. If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the actions of another driver, it is important to seek experienced legal assistance as soon as possible. 

Violent Head-On Collision Results in Two Car Accident Fatalities

Chicago head-on car accident lawyerTwo Chicago area teens were killed when their Subaru sedan collided with a Chrysler 300 late Saturday night in a high speed head-on collision. The collision, which occurred on Doty Avenue in Chicago’s Far South Side, serves as a sobering reminder of the violence of many head-on collisions. All four passengers involved in the collision suffered serious injury, with the two Subaru occupants suffering fatal injuries. 

Tragically, this accident was just one of many fatal head-on collisions that occur each year around the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as six million automobile collisions occur each year nationwide. While head-on collisions are less common than rear-end collisions and other types of automobile accidents (head-on collisions account for 7% of all urban vehicular crashes and 13% of all rural accidents), they come with increased chances of fatal injuries. 

Why Are Head-On Collisions So Dangerous? 


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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois bus accident lawyer,Among the many types of public transit crashes that take place throughout the state, school bus accidents are among some of the most common bus-related accidents to happen on Illinois roadways. Research by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has shown that school buses, when compared with other transit buses, such as intercity and charter buses, are struck more often. More importantly, fatal school bus crashes were recorded in 36 different states, and out of all those states, Illinois happened to be one of the most common states for school-bus related collisions. Other common hot spots for these types of collisions included New York, Florida, California, and Texas.

Are Bus Drivers at Fault? While these alarming research findings clearly target school buses as risky modes of transportation, they are not merely a reflection of school bus drivers and the quality of their operating skills. In fact, school bus drivers were actually found to be some of the safest drivers on the roads. The same study has shown that out of 120 school bus drivers involved in fatal car crashes, almost 91 percent of them had no previous moving convictions. Additionally, 91 drivers out of those 120 had no previous accidents on their records. Daniel Blower, UMTRI’s director of the Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics, stated that, “School bus operators tend to have among the best prior driver records and among the lowest probabilities of having committed a driving error that contributed to the crash.” Blower also called school bus crash fatalities “an artifact of exposure.” He emphasized the point that the number of school bus collisions is likely linked to other factors, such as the number of school buses operating on the roadways, rather than a result of driver error. The Real Danger So, if school bus drivers are generally good drivers with clean records, who is really to blame for the number of accidents we see on Illinois roadways each year? The UMTRI study indicated that school buses are typically hit by other vehicles, and are therefore collateral due to someone else’s negligence. Rear-end collisions and drivers hitting buses head on in oncoming traffic were found to be some of the most common causes for school bus accidents. Other documented fatal crashes involved other drivers sideswiping buses while invading their lanes.

School bus accidents are troubling, especially when you or a loved one are involved in the incident. If your child has been injured in a school bus crash, you need to speak with an experienced Lake County car accident attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.



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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Many vehicle safety advocates, including the Federal Highway Safety Administration (FHSA), claim that roundabouts offer more safety than traditional road intersections. A roundabout is a circular intersection which has certain characteristics. These characteristics include the flow of traffic going counterclockwise around a center island; vehicles which are entering the circle must yield to the traffic already in the circle; and all vehicles traveling the circle are doing so at a low speed, usually 15 to 25 MPH.

Studies show that when regular intersections are converted from traditional traffic lights or stop signs to roundabouts, the injury crash rate is reduced significantly. One study revealed that rate is decreased by 80 percent. The same study also found that the overall crash rate declined by 40 percent.

Another study looked at 35 different intersections that were converted to roundabouts. Those results showed that the injury crash rate decreased by 75 percent and the overall number of crashes were reduced by 37 percent.

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