If you're thinking of calling Uber, Lyft, or even a taxi for your next ride, you may want to reconsider and get a rental instead. While national attention has been focused on the standoff between traditional taxi services and the innovate ridesharing services, another important factor got overlooked: the safety of the vehicles themselves.
Topics involving drunk driving versus tired or drowsy driving have been debated many times. While much of the focus still remains on drunk driving, the dangers of driving while tired or drowsy are receiving more and more recognition.
As attorneys serving Chicago residents, we handle a lot of personal injury cases involving car accidents. In fact, we handle too many of these cases. Even though it is widely-believed that car accidents keep lawyers in business, we want you to know that we do not need or want this much business. We would rather see our neighbors remain whole and healthy instead.
Some experts question their safety
You know that factors like speed and driver distraction massively change the odds of an accident. However, some people claim that the very color of your car can play a role, and that some colors are safer than other colors. Does science back this up, or is it just another rumor?
You've probably heard the old cliche that teenage drivers are the most dangerous of any age group. One important thing to note about this is that the notion is so common and repeated so often because it's true. The highest crash rates are among young drivers, especially those who are teenagers and those who just got their driver's licenses.
There is little disagreement when it comes to the idea that drunk driving is dangerous. Likewise, few people believe that distracted driving is a safe activity. The general agreement on these topics does not stop people from drinking and driving, or from checking their phones while behind the wheel, but it does, at least, register with people that these behaviors should be avoided. Drowsy driving does not share the same level of agreement and understanding when it comes to the driving public.
What you do after a car accident can be very important on a number of different levels. For one thing, you want to make sure you and the others in your vehicle are safe and healthy. On top of that, though, the things you do can have a big impact on your ability to collect compensation -- which can be a significant issue when facing high medical bills, lost wages or a permanent disability.
A medical professor at the University of Chicago was hit by a car while he was out for a morning jog early in the morning on July 20. He died from his injuries at the scene. The professor, who was 74 years old, specialized in kidney disease.
The Illinois State Police are reporting that one person died in a car accident on the Fourth of July, while two others were injured. The injured parties were both drivers in their respective cars, while the person who died was the passenger in one of the vehicles.