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Posted on in Car Accidents

Waukegan personal injury attorneys, motor vehicle accident, rollover accidents, deadly car accidents, car accident injuriesA recent rollover accident has once again showcased the inevitability of tragic rollovers. The driver, a 22 year old Aurora man, was charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle rolled off the road. Fortunately, the driver is in stable condition and no additional vehicles were involved in the accident. Still, in the last month alone, the greater Chicago area has witnessed a number of deadly and severe rollover accidents. 

Unsurprisingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that rollover accidents are the second most deadly form of vehicular accident, behind only head-on collisions. Because of the violent roll of the vehicle, passengers are likely to suffer severe head and neck injuries. Moreover, those not wearing seat belt restraint systems commonly suffer fatal injuries. If you or a loved one are involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffer injuries due to another driver's negligence, contact an experienced and knowledgeable Waukegan personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

Causes for Rollover Accidents


Posted on in Car Accidents
Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,While all kinds of car accidents can result in serious damage and tragic injury or fatality, rollover accidents are particularly intense, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA reports that rollovers are both complex and violent, due largely to the fact that the reasons behind them are so diverse. Unlike rear-end accidents, for example, which are often a result of speeding through an intersection or distracted driving behaviors, rollover accidents are the result of a number of different factors, and usually multiple factors combined. Contributing Factors in Rollover Incidents While rollovers happen less frequently than other kinds of collisions, they also have a higher fatality rate, accounting for almost thirty-five percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes. It is typically a dangerous combination of the following factors that contribute to a single rollover incident: Speed Forty percent of fatal rollover crashes are due to excessive speeding, with a significant number of those fatalities taking place in speed limit areas where the limit is fifty-five mph or higher. Speeding, even when the increase does not jump drastically over the limit, makes it much easier to lose control of your vehicle. Intoxication Not surprisingly, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has proven to severely increase a driver’s chance of experiencing a rollover accident. The NHTSA reports that alcohol impairment is such a large factor, in fact, that it actually accounts for almost half of all fatal rollover crashes. Location Although coming into contact with guardrails or barriers can and often does result in collision, driving on roads that are undivided and have no barriers is more likely to increase the severity of a rollover incident. This makes rural roads especially risky where rollover accidents are concerned. According to the NHTSA, nearly three-fourths of fatal rollovers take place on rural highways. Other Risks Another factor that increases a car’s chances of experiencing a severe rollover collision is the vehicle’s size and style. For example, SUVs, pickups, and vans, which are taller and more narrow in design, have a higher center of gravity, putting them at higher risk for a rollover than smaller, wider, more compact vehicles. Additionally, Additionally, distracted driving behavior is a major cause of rollover-style collisions. Data from the NHTSA shows us that an overwhelming percentage - 90 percent - of cars that were in fatal rollovers were performing routine maneuvers at the time of the accident, such as driving straight. These findings point heavily to driver inattention as the reason for such crashes.

If you have been injured in a rollover accident, it is imperative you speak with a knowledgeable Lake County car accident attorney immediately to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 for a consultation today.



Posted on in Bus Accident Injury

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois bus accident attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,For the first time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recommendation that school buses should come equipped with seat belts. For years, school buses, and other multi-person transportation vehicles, have been exempt from any federal or state regulations which require seat belts.

This is the first time that federal regulators have acknowledged that school buses should have seat belts for children. In the past, the government has always taken the stance that the design of school buses makes them safer than other vehicles. However, whenever federal agencies would offer up statistics of the safety of seat belt-less school buses, the statistics often were collected and provided by bus industry groups.

Since federal regulators felt that school buses were already safe, there did not seem to be a need for companies to be required to spend the money it would cost to equip the millions of school buses already in service. When opponents of school bus seat belts presented their argument of installing seat belts, it was typically backed up with analysis that the number of lives the seat belts would save was not worth the amount of money it would cost to install seat belts in those millions of buses.

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