Car accidents happen for a lot of reasons, but one study claims that most of them come from the same thing: Drivers who eat while they're behind the wheel. In fact, the study says that eating leads to as many as 80 percent of all wrecks.
Emergency response teams in Illinois were busy on Thursday, October 15, as there were four accidents that took place over a very short span of six hours. All were close to Belleville, and reports show that seven people had to be taken to the hospital to get treatment.
A motorcycle and a Cadillac Escalade, a full-size SUV, ran into each other in the northbound lanes of I-294. According to the Illinois State Police Department, the black SUV then fled from the crash site.
A 58-year-old woman was behind the wheel of a car in Chicago when she abruptly drove through two lanes of traffic and left the road; police still don't know what caused her to do it. Her car bounced up over the curb and then slammed into a bus shelter.
A Lynnwood family of five returning home from church on Aug. 27 was involved in a tragic accident in south suburban Chicago. It claimed the lives of both parents and left their three children hospitalized. The Cook County sheriff's office says that two drivers who were racing each other ran a stop sign in Robbins before hitting the family's minivan.
Recent statistics compiled by the National Safety Council and Chicago-area news reporters indicate that car accidents in Illinois appear to be on an upward trend. In fact, those numbers show that the number of motor vehicle crashes in 2013 increased by 4 percent statewide than the previous year. Even more troubling, those statistics indicate that an average of 782 car accidents occurred each day throughout the state, resulting in almost 1,000 fatalities. As of late December 2014, at least 898 people had lost their lives due to car accidents on Illinois roadways. Here are some more facts about Illinois car accidents:
The attorney for a family injured by a drunk driver says that an insurance company has failed to compensate victims of that crash. At the heart of the dispute is a November 2011 accident between a drunk driver and a minivan. The two-car accident took place in Oak Brook, Illinois, after authorities say a drunk driver slammed his vehicle head-on into a minivan occupied by a mother and two 6-year-old girls. The victims in the minivan were reportedly returning home after getting ice cream.
One truism of any serious car accident is that they are almost always traumatic experiences for everyone involved. If you have been injured in a car accident, it's likely that you at least suffered some discomfort, if not overwhelming pain.
Car accidents are an unfortunate reality of our modern lives. We rely on our vehicles to convey us back and forth daily for nearly all of our most important endeavors. Whether you commute to work or take your children back and forth to school, your car is an essential part of your daily routine. Unfortunately, the consequences of the car's tremendous utility practically ensures that car accidents will inevitably occur. The following are some technological innovations aimed at reducing the number of car accident victims:
Illinois currently has a statute of limitations on personal injury claims of two years. Generally, that is understood that you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a responsible party. Illinois also allows residents up to five years from the date of the accident to sue for damage to their property.