Independence Day weekend saw a number of events sponsored by the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police intended to help keep children safe. One of the aspects of the Kids Identification and Safety Seat events was an effort to improve child safety seat use among Illinois families. The events provided demonstrations and safety seat checks to help parents correctly install the important safety devices. In a car accident, a child's life may be saved by a properly installed safety seat.
The ban on handheld devices currently being considered by Governor Quinn may have unintended consequences. A recent study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggested that using voice commands typical of hands-free technology can be even more distracting than using a handheld device. The potential exists for an increase in distracted driving accidents as people turn to Bluetooth and built-in devices to complete tasks they would previously used a smart phone to accomplish. Such bans will also likely accelerate the move by many auto makers to add hands-free devices into the available options on new vehicles. They may encourage drivers to take their attention off the task of safely operating their vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 90 percent of Americans who go to social events where drinking occurs believe that a designated driver should be used. When done correctly, designated driver programs can help communities greatly reduce the number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities they experience. The programs also send an important message about planning ahead and ensuring that everyone gets home safe after drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, a recent study indicates that the programs may not be operating as they should.
Drowsy driving is not an easy problem to combat. Car accidents caused by drunk drivers are easy to spot. When a driver is impaired by drowsiness, the signs are not so clear. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a reminder concerning drowsy driving that is particularly apt this time of year. All those taking antihistamines (allergy drugs) are being reminded that many of these medications cause drowsiness. The FDA is asking people who take allergy medication to be cautious about when to get behind the wheel.
People who live in Chicago know how congested the streets and highways can get. From traffic jams to construction work, busy road conditions can be a source of frustration and anxiety. However, even when the roads are clear and there are not many other cars around, it is still very possible to get into a serious car accident.
Large semi trucks often carry heavy or dangerous cargo across the country. If the operators or drivers of these trucks try to cut corners or take risks in transporting materials, they can put other motorists in serious danger if they cause a truck accident. Because of their size, power and weight, trucks can do significant amounts of damage to property and people in the area if they crash. When a semi-truck driver's negligence results in other drivers having accidents, those drivers may want to consult a qualified attorney to inquire about pursuing damages.
It seems there's a lot to worry about on the road these days, with distracted driving such as texting and cellphone use recently added to the list of common causes of accidents. During the winter months, drivers in Illinois and throughout the areas of the U.S. that get snow and ice need to be even more careful -and prepared - on the road.
Many people in Illinois understand that drunk driving, distracted driving and reckless driving are all dangerous behaviors. Almost from day one, drivers are taught not to speed, ignore traffic signals, drive while impaired or send a text while behind the wheel. All of these actions can significantly increase the likelihood that a person will cause a serious car accident.
The term "black box" has been synonymous with airplane crash investigations for decades in America. These near-indestructible boxes have offered information about pilots' actions and outside events that have enabled accidents to be reconstructed and better understood, providing valuable answers for both victims' families and airline companies.
When drivers in Illinois receive their license, they take on additional responsibilities within the law to help keep the roadways safe for all drivers.