Category: Legal Articles

Selfies: the latest danger for Illinois motorists

Legal Articles | February 1, 2016

People often take selfies while driving, but engaging in this distracting behavior may lead to auto accidents, which may cause serious injuries or death. The popularity of self-portraits, also known as selfies, is ever-growing in Illinois, and elsewhere. People regularly take these types of photos at all times and in all types of places. In…

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Car Accident Preparedness

Legal Articles | February 1, 2016

Proactive planning can be very helpful to motorists after an accident occurs. Get tips on what to do at these times. A driver in Chicago can easily become flustered and unsure of what to do after an accident happens, regardless of the cause. Being prepared ahead of time can go a long way toward making…

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Drowsy driving poses accident risk for Illinois motorists, others

Legal Articles | November 7, 2015

Many people in Illinois and elsewhere are aware of the dangers posed by driving while drunk or distracted. However, many overlook the potential hazards of drowsy or fatigued driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving contributes to an estimated 6,400 fatal collisions and approximately 109,000 injury accidents each year. Often it…

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Cook County leads state in truck accident fatalities

Legal Articles | October 8, 2015

Cook County experienced far more fatalities in accidents involving large trucks than any other Illinois county. Records from the 2013 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data show that 991 people lost their lives in automobile accidents. Of those fatalities, 142 occurred in crashes involving large trucks. Cook County was the site of the largest number…

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Elderly drivers in Illinois may increase the dangers for others

Legal Articles | August 19, 2015

As people age, they may begin to experience a decline in their driving abilities. Drivers over 75 may have more of a chance of causing a fatal accident. Older drivers have many more years of driving experience than the younger generations. As a result, many senior citizens have been able to maintain safe driving records….

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Federal road safety agency recommends universal anti-crash systems

Legal Articles | July 16, 2015

Vehicle safety technology has come a long way since cars first entered the mainstream more than a century ago, but there is still more that can be done to prevent car accidents from happening and keep motorists safer when they do. The National Transportation Safety Board recently renewed its call for widespread implementation of new…

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Rearview cameras protect kids and elderly from backup accidents

Legal Articles | June 1, 2015

Not so long ago, rearview cameras were a luxury add-on for high-end vehicles, and not long before that they were entirely unheard of. Today, however, it is common for new passenger vehicles to be equipped with this potentially lifesaving technology, and in the years to come it will become mandatory nationwide. New federal regulations will…

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Statistics show DUI enforcement varies considerably by county

Legal Articles | March 12, 2015

On behalf of Steven Seidman As total traffic fatalities drop, greater DUI awareness credited with safer roads Illinois officials recently announced that 2014 was the sixth consecutive year that the state saw fewer than 1,000 traffic deaths, according to CBS Chicago. The long-term decline in fatal car accidents has at least been partly attributed to…

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Several people injured in Chicago motor vehicle accident

Legal Articles | December 18, 2014

A recent motor vehicle accident in Chicago caused serious injuries to four individuals. The NHTSA lists a number of the most common causes of crashes. The Chicago Tribune reports that five people suffered injuries as a result of a two-vehicle accident in the South Austin neighborhood on November 8, 2014. According to police reports, one…

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Understanding Illinois’ mandatory interlock device program

Legal Articles | December 3, 2014

Illinois has enacted legislation making it mandatory for convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. People who choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking endanger the lives of millions of motorists on Illinois roadways each year. In 2012, 321 people were killed by drunk drivers in Illinois…

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