Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Safety tips for driving in bright sunlight

The rising and setting sun can cause visual illusions and hurt drivers' eyes. In fact, the risk for a life-threatening car crash goes up by 16 percent in bright sunlight. Drivers in Illinois will want to consider the following tips for driving safely amid the sun's bright rays.

Teenage drivers and crash fatality rates

As National Teen Driver Safety Week approaches, parents may be more mindful of the dangers their teenagers face when they are on the road. According to new research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when teenage drivers in Illinois and the rest of the country have only other teenagers as passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rates for everyone who is in a crash jumps to 51 percent.

Car crash rates rise among always-connected mobile workforce

The 2018 Distracted Driving Report from Motus should be of interest to Illinois residents who are either part of a grey fleet or the operators of one. The mobile workforce is increasingly connected: in 2013, 55 percent of mobile workers owned a smartphone, but in 2017, that percentage rose to 77. At the same time, the number of auto accidents among mobile workers rose from 5.7 million in 2013 to 6.4 million in 2017.

Teen drivers may learn lessons from realistic experience programs

There are plenty of stats suggesting that teen drivers in Illinois are more likely to be involved in accidents involving personal injuries. This is why efforts are often made to help motorists under the age of 21 understand the consequences of risky driving behaviors. Results from a university study suggest that supplemental drivers' education programs that include realistic experiences like emergency room tours and visits to intensive care units increase awareness of the dangers of risky driving.

Safe driving tips for Illinois residents

Safe driving may not make drivers completely immune from accidents, but it will certainly reduce potential risks. This is why the following tips should be considered and, when possible, implemented. The first tip for avoiding accidents is to maintain the vehicle for optimal handling and steering. For example, good tires and brakes can save one from a rear-end collision.

Data can result in proactive safety policies

Accidents that occur on Illinois roads could result in expensive vehicle repair and medical bills. They can also result in costs to employers if their vehicles were involved in such crashes. Research indicates that accidents caused by distracted drivers tend to be more serious than others. This is because someone who is looking at a phone may not slow down before colliding with another vehicle. However, data may be able to help reduce the odds of distracted driving.

Drugs and alcohol create dangerous drivers

According to a 2016 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report, 44 percent of drivers killed in car crashes tested positive for controlled substances. This figure was based in cases where test results were known for a driver. That is an increase of 16 percent over a period of 10 years. Of those who were on drugs when killed, 38 percent had marijuana in their system. Furthermore, 4 percent had both marijuana and opioids in their system.

Important steps to take following a car accident in Illinois

A car accident can happen in a split second, even when drivers are cautious. If the unexpected does occur, anyone involved is legally obligated to stop regardless of the extent of the damage. When engaging with the other people involved, it's wise to not admit any responsibility. There are other important steps that can be taken following any type of car accident that may facilitate certain insurance and legal processes.

Authorities struggle to cope with surge in distracted driving

Motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers claimed 3,477 lives throughout Illinois and the rest of the country in 2015. Unfortunately, most road safety experts expect the problem to get even worse in the years ahead. Smartphones and automobile entertainment and navigation systems are often blamed for the recent surge in distracted driving accidents and injuries, but studies have found that talking to passengers may actually be the most distracting behavior that motorists engage in.

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