Highway deaths: the most frequent factors

The highways of Illinois see their fair share of accidents. Unfortunately, many of them end in fatalities. Since all kinds of factors can contribute to an accident, drivers will want to know how to remain safe. Some factors are beyond control, however, they still require drivers to respond in a cautious manner.

For example, some highways are designed with tight corners and narrow shoulders. Others have no shoulders at all or exits that can lead motorists into blind intersections. Too often, drivers are careless around such problem areas and cause accidents. Rainy and snowy weather also causes some to lose control or rear-end other vehicles.

Human negligence is the No. 1 cause of highway accidents. Whether they're texting, adjusting the radio, eating or putting on makeup, distracted drivers pose a higher roadway risk. Taking one's eyes off the road is always risky. Furthermore, drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs will also be a major threat. Alcohol, for instance, can slow down judgment and compromise the ability to perceive distance and speed.

Though it's well known by now that seat belts and airbag systems save lives, many drivers neglect to wear the one and maintain the other. Simply putting on a seat belt is perhaps the easiest way to prevent a fatality.

After an automobile accident, the victim usually files a claim with his or her own insurance company. If the other driver was at fault, however, the victim could also file a third-party insurance claim. Legal counsel can help facilitate this process. For example, the lawyer could use a network of in-house investigators and other professionals to gather evidence of the other driver's negligence.

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