Yet another wrong way car accident on Lake Shore Drive has occurred, resulting in the death of a promising young law student. This is the third incident of driving the wrong way on this busy Chicago expressway in recent years. Just last week, a man received a 10 year prison sentence for driving the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive and causing a car accident that killed two men.
If it seems like most drivers are going faster than 55 mph on the tollways surrounding Chicago, it's not your imagination. According to recent studies conducted by the Illinois Tollway show, only one in 20 drivers obeys a 55 mph speed limit. Most are traveling at more than 10 miles over that. The average speed was clocked at 66 to 70 mph, but Tollway engineers who studied driver speed found people traveling as fast as 91 mph.
Drive for any length of time and you are bound to see a vehicle fly through a red light or go past a stop sign without slowing down. Countless car accidents are the result of driver error where someone behind the wheel failed to notice an impending collision until it was too late. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is testing a new type of technology it believes can greatly reduce the number of accidents: vehicle to vehicle communications. The equipment is promising enough that the National Transportation Safety Board has decided to recommend that all new vehicles be equipped with the technology.
Getting behind the wheel always involves an element of risk. That risk may be at its greatest in the month of July. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July saw the most fatal traffic accidents of any month from 2005 to 2011. July was the most deadly month in the season in which most fatal car accidents occur, from July through September. These three months saw 27 percent of the fatal car accidents that occurred during those years. While that is not wildly disproportional to other months, it does demonstrate that a rise in motor vehicle fatalities may coincide with the months in which teen drivers spend more time on the roads.