There are laws governing the legal driving age in every state and for good reason. Younger teens often do not have the judgment or reactionary skills needed to drive safely. This was very evident in a recent story out of the Chicago area in which a 12-year-old boy was killed while joyriding with a 13-year-old girl and two other friends. The boy's mother said that she had grounded her son, but he slipped out to be with his friends.
The car accident happened just before 1 p.m. on Nov. 27 on Brookwood Terrace in Olympia Fields. According to the suburban city's police department, speed is believed to have played a role in the accident. The accident occurred when the vehicle struck a tree. No one in the vehicle was even 16 years old.
When people buy a product, they have the right to assume that the product can be used safely and won't harm them during everyday general use. However, sometimes things go wrong, accidents happen and a product has an issue that leads to an injury or death. When things like this happen, it is the manufacturer's responsibility to fix the issue to the best of their ability and either remove the unsafe products from the market or repair it. Chrysler has found themselves in the position of having to do just that.
The automobile manufacturer has issued a recall on several models of Dodge Ram trucks spanning several years. The recall includes roughly 1 million trucks. The 2003 through 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 as well as 2008 through 2912 Dodge Ram 1500 4 x 4 are being sent in for repairs regarding their steering systems.
Bicycles, commercial and passenger vehicles all share the road, and everyone should keep on the lookout for everyone else. If people do this, a bike accident might not happen. Yet, accidents between bicycles and vehicles are a rather common occurrence. Some bikers in Chicago are taking a proactive approach and documenting cases of drivers behaving badly.
An increasing number of bicycle riders are mounting cameras on their bikes so they can record the good and bad things that occur while they are on their ride. Some use their cameras as evidence to show authorities that a driver broke a law and deserves citation, while others plan to record their bike rides and other things they encounter.
A 12-year-old bicyclist was injured on September 25th in Clarendon Hills while crossing the road. The bicycle accident occurred at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Middaugh Road. The boy was going across the Chicago Avenue crosswalk with his bicycle. A 17-year-old driver then turned left at the intersection and struck the bicyclist.
Though the driver of the vehicle had a green light at the time, he was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk. A police chief investigating the incident stated it appeared that sunlight may also have been a factor in the accident.
On October 23rd, a woman was charged with vehicular homicide in Essex County, New Jersey for the death of a 58-year-old man. According to prosecutors and police, the woman was texting and driving at the time of the crash.
Cellphone use is involved in an estimated 23% of all automobile collisions. In other words, 1.3 million automobile accidents per year are caused by cellphone usage. When a person is texting while driving, a minimum of five seconds of a driver's attention is taken away from the road. If a person is driving 55 mph, that means they are not looking at the road for the length of an entire football field.
A deadly two-car crash in Kane County this month has left a lot of questions for investigators who are looking to give answers to family members of the victims. But because the driver who caused the accident was killed and the two passengers in the other vehicle are still receiving treatment for their injuries, police can only speculate as to what caused the crash.
What they do know at this time is that a 23-year-old was driving a Ford Focus eastbound along Route 38 when her vehicle crossed the centerline. Sometime after crossing into oncoming traffic she suddenly collided with an SUV, injuring the two passengers inside. While the two passengers in the SUV are expected to recover from their injuries, the 23-year-old driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene leaving officers with a number of unanswered questions.
Officers with the Illinois State Police are still looking into what caused a semi truck to collide with an SUV recently just south of Chicago where the Stevenson Expressway meets the Dan Ryan Expressway. While all of the eight passengers in the SUV luckily survived the accident, reports indicate that one of the occupants was taken to a Cook County hospital in serious-to-critical condition, while the other seven were taken to local hospitals in fait-to-serious condition.
If you’ve ever driven on the freeways around Illinois then you know how nerve wracking it can be to share the roadways with semis. Difficult to see around and incredibly heavy, these vehicles can not only be the cause of an accident but can cause devastation to other motorists involved. Injuries caused by truck accidents are almost always serious and, as the story above shows, often require medical attention in almost every case. The costs associated with these injuries can be steep and may even lead to civil litigation down the road.
The lives of five Illinois family members were changed forever just days ago when a 28-year-old Aurora man crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head on with the family’s minivan. Two perished in the crash while three survived. But their survival is bittersweet because they may be left with a lot of questions and few answers.
Because the investigation is still ongoing, it’s not clear at this time what caused the 28-year-old driver to cross the centerline and crash into the family’s minivan. As with many car accidents, head-on collisions can be caused by a number of reasons including distracted or drunk driving and even vehicle failures. Unfortunately, investigators have not speculated as to the cause of the crash at this time, which leaves a lot of questions for the surviving family members.