Category Archives: Motor Vehicle Safety

Motor-Vehicle Deaths In The U.S. – Trends And Factors

Motor-vehicle deaths and the national trends is discussed in the February 16, 2018 Wall Street Journal article titled “U.S. Road-Death Rates Remain Near 10-Year High.”   The article discusses trends in fatal vehicle accidents, as well as technologies that are utilized to improve driving safety.

Notable excerpts include:

U.S. motor-vehicle deaths remained near decade-high levels in 2017, an indication U.S. roadways aren’t getting any safer, even as auto makers equip cars with more safety gear and many other developed countries make notable strides in reducing highway fatalities.
The National Safety Council said Thursday traffic-related fatalities hit 40,100 last year, the second year in a row the 40,000 mark was surpassed.
Motor-vehicle deaths had steadily declined in the decade leading to 2016. But a surge in driver distraction, increased miles driven and other factors have driven the closely watched number up at an alarming rate.
Among the safety features that are mentioned in the article are blind spot alert, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist (lka.)  Statistics as to how many vehicles sold have these technologies are shown in the article.
Another issue that is discussed in the article is that of drug-impaired driving.  On this site, that traffic safety issue, especially as it relates to Lake County, is discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Day Traffic Safety Enforcement Campaign Results

Results from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Day traffic safety enforcement campaign have been released.

The results are summarized in the June 5, 2017 Grayslake Patch article titled “Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office Issues 222 Citations During Memorial Day Traffic Campaign.”

An excerpt from that article:

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued 222 total citations during a Memorial Day traffic safety campaign as part of its 2017 national Click It or Ticket mobilization. The sheriff’s office conducted 14 traffic safety details during the 11-day traffic safety campaign. The safety campaigns focused on DUI, speeding, and seatbelt compliance, which resulted in 8 DUI arrests, 96 seatbelt citations, and 37 speeding citations, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Grayslake Patch article mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Road Hazards As An Accident Cause

Road hazards are a subject that has been discussed often on this site, as such road hazards are potentially dangerous for motorists.  One reason for this danger is that road hazards are often unexpected, and there can be little if no advanced warning as to their presence.  Road hazards can take many forms, including foreign items that are sitting on the roadway, or items have fallen off of other vehicles.  These various road hazards have caused or contributed to many Illinois crashes.

On August 11, 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released findings from a research report titled “The Prevalence Of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Road Debris, United States, 2011-2014.”  The report highlights the incidence of accidents caused by road hazards.  The report factors in crashes by vehicles including cars, pickup trucks, vans, minivans, and SUVs.  The report highlights the extent of road hazards causing accidents, particularly those on highways.

As stated in the report’s Fact Sheet:

Between 2011-2014, road debris was a factor in a total of more than 200,000 police-reported crashes

Resulted in a total of approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths

The Fact Sheet defines road hazards as:

Road debris is defined in the current study as debris from any source, including by not limited to vehicles, that can pose a significant safety hazard (animals in the road, trees that fell onto vehicles, debris caused by a previous crash, and construction-related materials in active work zones were not counted as debris)

Also, the fact sheet mentions that:

About two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads.

The report is also discussed in the August 11, 2016 abcnews.com article (with video) titled “New Study Shows Risks of Road Debris in Highway Crashes.”  The video in the article shows various accidents caused by road hazards, including a motorcyclist getting into an accident after a large item falls from the vehicle traveling in front of it.  The item falls directly into the path of a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist is ejected from the motorcycle during this accident.

Additional details regarding the hazards caused by road hazards can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

U.S. Traffic Deaths Up In First Half Of 2015

On November 24, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a news release titled “Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher.”  The release discusses both 2014 traffic death statistics as well as discusses trends for the first half of 2015.

A couple of excerpts:

The nation saw a slight decline in traffic deaths during 2014. However, an increase in estimated fatalities during the first six months of this year reveals a need to reinvigorate the fight against deadly behavior on America’s roads, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today.

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Data for 2014 from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show that while overall road deaths declined only slightly, it was the safest year on record for passenger vehicle occupants: 21,022 Americans died in vehicles in 2014, the lowest number since FARS began collecting data in 1975. While cyclist deaths also declined, the number of pedestrians killed rose by 3.1 percent from 2013.

Other trends remained stubbornly constant. Deaths in drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities; approximately half of all vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts; deaths of motorcyclists without helmets remained far higher in states without strong helmet laws; and speeding was a factor in more than one in four deaths. NHTSA research shows that in an estimated 94 percent of crashes, the critical cause is a human factor. In contrast, vehicle-related factors are the critical reason in about 2 percent of crashes.

Additional details can be found in the NHTSA press release mentioned above, as well as the November 25 Chicago Tribune article titled “US Traffic deaths rise 8 percent in first half of 2015.”

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.

Settlement Near In Unintended Acceleration Matter

According to an article in today’s (February 7, 2014) Wall Street Journal, titled “Toyota Nears Deal to Settle Probe of Recall Disclosures” Toyota is close to finalizing a deal to pay more than $1 billion to end a U.S. government criminal investigation of how it disclosed drivers’ complaints of unintended acceleration.

Notable excerpts from the article include the following:

In February 2010, NHTSA said the agency had confirmed that five people in two incidents had died as a result of accidents involving claims of unwanted acceleration.

In the ensuing three years, Toyota was fined four times by NHTSA for a total of $66.2 million for failing to report safety defects to the government in a timely manner. Three of those fines were related to issues concerning unwanted acceleration.

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The unwanted acceleration issue gained national attention in 2009 after an off-duty California Highway Patrolman and his family were killed when their borrowed Lexus careened off the highway at around 120 miles an hour. The recording of a passenger’s last minute 911 call captured the driver’s frantic efforts to stop the vehicle.

Toyota faced hundreds of lawsuits over the issue. In February 2010, Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda was called to testify on the matter before Congress.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above, as well as the February 8, 2014 UPI.com article titled “Settlement would end probe on how Toyota handled recalls.”

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Should you be involved in a vehicle accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights. Elman Law Group has compiled a reference document titled “10 Steps You Should Follow After an Auto Accident.”

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Elman Law Group LLC (ElmanLaw.com) is a law firm that concentrates in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases involving vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, bike, bus, pedestrian, truck, etc.) This intense focus allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Should you be involved in a car accident, there are certain actions you should take in order to protect your rights.  You should not assume – especially without proper legal representation – that you will receive appropriate compensation for your injuries, hardships and/or losses.  To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this consultation.