Articles Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Attentive Drivers are Essential for SafetyAccidents on the road may be a partially solvable problem – especially if we consider that 90 percent of all accidents on the road are attributed to human error. It is obvious that traffic safety programs must pay more attention to how the person is going to react in certain situations, not just whether new drivers are capable of handling a car.

We must promote good behavior

Bad driving behavior makes up the majority of the road accidents. For example:

Red Light Cameras... Good or BadChicago’s Plan to Remove Red Light Cameras

Running through red light cameras in Chicago can cost a pretty penny. The government imposes fees of $35 to $100 for failing to stop at a red light, which is currently recorded through video surveillance measures. However, drivers on the road may no longer have to worry about paying these high fees as City Hall will be removing 36 of its red-light cameras. The cameras will be removed in areas that have been successful in reducing the number of crashes due to running red lights.

There will still be a significant number of red-light cameras left located throughout Chicago. There will be 348 red-light cameras located 172 intersections throughout the city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has stated that automated traffic enforcement that utilizes video surveillance is intended to change drivers’ behavior. Because the number of crashes have been reduced in certain areas of Chicago, there is no longer a need to maintain red-light cameras. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also stated that there is an “enhanced level of safety” in these areas. Only time will tell whether auto accidents will continue to be low in areas in which red-light cameras are said to have altered drivers’ behavior.

Slower Speeds Help With BreakingIt sounds so straightforward – when you are driving at a faster speed, you have significantly less time to identify possible hazards and react to your surroundings. You also know that it is going to take you far longer to bring a vehicle to a complete stop when traveling at higher speeds, and it makes sense that if you are involved in an accident – the likelihood of the injuries being more severe at higher speeds increase as well. Yet when it comes to driving, most people still go over the speed limit.

Facts and statistics about speed in auto accidents

The faster a driver is going, the more it is going to increase the braking and thinking distance. Someone traveling at a higher speed is going to cover more ground than someone who is going at a lower speed when it comes to noticing a potential hazard and reacting accordingly. The calculator (which you can try here) gives you a realistic notion of how much higher speeds affect longer thinking distances.

High speed limits may be less safeIllinois has passed a bill that will make the highway speed limit 70 mph statewide on January 1, 2014.

Higher Speed Limits Countrywide

Illinois isn’t the first state to put highway speed limits into the 70s and beyond. In fact, some would say that Illinois was late to the party, and proponents of the new bill argued that it was necessary simply to bring the state in line with its neighbors. Two decades ago, highway speeds above 55 mph were not common in the U.S., and now it’s uncommon for those speeds to be below 75 mph.

Accidents with golf cartsJennie Welch, 25, succumbed to her injuries in the afternoon of 14 July after falling from a moving golf cart. The police arrested Jason Pelton on drunken driving charges.  Welch, from Brighton, Massachusetts, suffered a severe head injury as a result of the accident and died at the IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The police were called early Sunday morning around 3:55am to the intersection between Cypress lane and West Road in Dune Acres, where the accident had occurred. Pelton, Welch and a Chesterton man were reportedly returning from a wedding reception where they had been drinking. Coming down a steep hill, the cart began to vibrate, the deceased fell off and was severely injured.

The accused, Pelton, of San Francisco, had a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent at the time of the accident that is considerably above the legal limit, which is 0.08. After the fall, the accused and the Chesterton man initially thought Welch was joking, only after driving back they discovered that the deceased was unconscious and bleeding profusely. According to police reports, Welch was sitting to the right while Pelton in the middle had been operating the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Crashes with people under the influence of marijuana cause injuriesMarijuana doubles the chances of road accidents

Have you ever dodged a wayward truck rolling on the highway past midnight?  Was the driver heedless of the various signals you sent his way? Chances are the truck driver was under heavy influence. Among all other addictive substances that create drowsiness and a sense of pleasure, marijuana is the most hazardous and for good reason. See generally, (http://www.drugless.org/drug/the-dangers-of-driving-under-the-influence-of-marijuana.html)

Most drivers and drug abusers believe that marijuana has no impact on one’s senses. This major misconception leads to this abuse. According to research, drivers who consume marijuana are likely to crash their vehicles twice as often as sober drivers. This study says a lot about drug abuse and it implies that marijuana misuse in particular is even more dangerous than abuse related to alcohol and other addictive drugs like heroine.

Increased Speed LimitsAs Gov. Pat Quinn finds legislation approved by the Illinois House that would raise the non-urban interstate highways speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph across his desk, it has people divided whether raising the speed limits is a good idea or not. Supporters point to the fact that this change will help the trucking business make deliveries faster and ensure that the Illinois speed limit is consistent with neighboring states. However, detractors believe that increased speeds will make it far more difficult for large truck to come to a complete stop and lead to an increase in fatalities on the road.

What proponents are saying

Downstate Jacksonville Republican Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer said that his friends and family in the Chicago area avoid driving through Illinois when they are traveling south, citing that the main reason behind this choice were the speed limits that cause the trip to take longer. According to Davidsmeyer, this is hurting Illinois businesses, suggesting that it can cost gas revenue and ensures that people are not stopping in Illinois-based businesses to get something to eat or drink.

Busy Intersection with accidents and fatalatiesAlong Route 173 in Illinois, a horrific intersection accident involving a school bus is what it took in order for the Department of Transportation to agree that a stoplight was necessary.

A Deadly Wadsworth Intersection

Like many intersections throughout Illinois and the rest of the country, the intersection of Route 173 and Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth had outgrown its original design. It was once a small-town intersection, and a four-way stop sign was good enough. Times changed, however, and as Route 173 became a major motorway, the simple intersection was no longer suitable to handle the heavy traffic load during peak periods.

Dangers of 15 Passenger VansFederal regulators issue strong warnings about passenger van rollovers due to new analysis of recent crash data.

NHTSA Issues Warning

As the warm weather arrives, and group activities are on the rise, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) has issued a warning concerning the prevalence of passenger van accidents when there are 15 or more passengers aboard. The NHSTA issued this warning after extensively analyzing van crash data from 2003 to 2007.

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It has long been understood that driving while tired or fatigued is dangerous. It has been compared to distracted and intoxicated driving, even worse when the driver falls asleep at the wheel and is no longer in control of the vehicle. As more cases of vehicular homicide and injuries are attributed to sleep deprivation, is it time for prosecutors to pursue criminal cases against the perpetrators?

Current Classification

Most states classify fatigued or sleep deprived driving under reckless or negligent driving. These have much lighter consequences for the drivers, even when their actions cause a fatality. In recent years, more cases have been being pursued as criminal cases of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.