Category Archives: Traffic Safety

Two Men Charged With Street Racing Incident In Libertyville

Street racing and drag racing have caused or contributed to car accidents in Lake County.  Among the reasons that these racing activities are dangerous is that they are done at (very) high speeds, and often various traffic signals and other forms of traffic control are disregarded.  As well, the streets that are raced on are typically not designed for high-speed driving, and as such it can be easy for the driver to lose control of the speeding vehicle.

Various aspects of street racing, including Lake County accidents that have involved such speeding, is further discussed on the “Street Racing Accidents In Lake County” page.

Two men were arrested after alleged street racing in Libertyville.  The racing occurred on Milwaukee Avenue, early on the morning of June 19, 2018.

An excerpt regarding the street racing, from the June 19, 2018 Grayslake Patch article titled “2 Arrested For Drag Racing In Libertyville“:

Two suburban men face charges after they were allegedly caught drag racing down Milwaukee Avenue early Tuesday, police said. Authorities in Libertyville spotted two vehicles heading north on Milwaukee near Artaius Parkway at 2:30 a.m. and clocked one vehicle at 75 mph and the other at 78 mph. Both vehicles turned into X-Sport Fitness, 1163 South Milwaukee Avenue, where the drivers were questioned by police, according to a Libertyville Police Department report.

Among the charges the men face are driving at excessive speed and street racing.

Additional details regarding this Lake County street racing topic 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.

Distracted Driving By Teens Targeted In Traffic Safety Initiative

Distracted driving by teens is a major traffic safety issue.   As discussed in the April 2, 2018 post (“‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety“) distracted driving in general,  as seen in a recent survey of drivers, is perceived to be the leading threat to traffic safety.

On May 31, 2018 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced a “‘#DropItAndDrive’ traffic safety campaign” which is being conducted “during the ‘100 deadliest days’ of teen driving.”  This summer traffic safety initiative is further discussed in the media release titled “Sheriff Curran, Lake County Chiefs Of Police Launch Countywide  ‘#DropItAndDrive’ Campaign.”

An excerpt from the release:

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, ”…more than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of 10 people per day – a 14% increase compared to the rest of the year.”  According to AAA, the three main contributing factors in teen fatal crashes are distraction (distraction from passengers and/or electronic devices), failure to wear a seatbelt, and speeding.

Chief Kevin Woodside, President of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association stated, “Over 400,000 people are injured every year in crashes as a result of distracted driving. Texting and driving by young, inexperienced drivers is an even higher risk. As we enter the ‘100 deadliest days’, remember that behind the wheel is never the place for electronics.”

Additional details regarding this Lake County traffic safety initiative can be seen in the media release.

On this site, distracted driving is further discussed on the “Accidents Involving Distracted Driving” page.  Various characteristics of distracted driving, as well as statistics, are featured in this discussion.

The benefits of wearing a seat belt, and the risks in failing to wear a seat belt, is further discussed on “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.   Many of the benefits have to do with either avoiding accident injuries and/or preventing occupant ejections, which often lead to significant if not life-threatening accident injuries.

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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 Seat Belt Usage Enforcement Over Memorial Day Weekend

Illinois law requires that seat belt usage by all vehicle occupants.  As mentioned previously on this site, there is a disproportionate amount of accidents involving drunk driving on and around holiday weekends.  In response to this situation, various law enforcement agencies have created additional traffic safety enforcement campaigns in an attempt to decrease the amount of drunk driving and other infractions, such as drivers and other vehicle occupants who don’t wear seat belts.

On May 17, 2018 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced the Memorial Day traffic safety initiative.  The details can be found in the media release titled “Sheriff Curran Announces Memorial Day Traffic Safety Patrols.”

An excerpt from the release:

Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “The Memorial Day holiday kicks off the summer travel season. Our goal is to make sure the summer travel season is safe for motorists and their passengers. Drunk drivers will be arrested, and we are reminding motorists and passengers to buckle up.”

Chief Petrillo further stated, “Click-It or Ticket isn’t about citations, it’s about safety. According to IDOT, Illinois has a 93.8% observed seat belt usage rate, but a disproportionate number of fatalities involve unbelted motorists and passengers. Of the 1,093 traffic deaths in 2017, where restraint use was known, 54% of those killed were not wearing seat belts. We are stepping up enforcement to prevent crash fatalities. Motorists are encouraged to buckle up and require the same for their passengers.”

The safety benefit of wearing seat belts are further discussed on the “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.  This page discusses reasons for why seat belt usage is beneficial and various statistics concerning their safety benefit.

An excerpt from that page:

Seat belt usage continues to be among the most effective way to avoid injury in a vehicle accident.  The benefits of seat belts (also called safety belts) are confirmed by statistics at the national and state-level (i.e. Illinois.)

Additional details concerning these Lake County traffic safety issues 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.

Route 41 Pavement Buckling Traffic Hazard In Highland Park

There are many types of road hazards that can cause a significant threat to safe travel.  On this site, various types of road hazards have been discussed in posts found under the “Traffic Safety” category.  In many cases serious accidents and injuries have occurred due to traffic hazards.  One reason that accidents are likely to happen is that in many cases traffic hazards can suddenly and unexpectedly happen, and as such they can be difficult for drivers to react to.

There was an unexpected pavement buckling that occurred on Route 41 on Tuesday (May 1, 2018) in Highland Park.  The pavement buckling road hazard occurred in the southbound lanes between Clavey Road and Lake Cook Road.  The left lane buckled, and the rise in the pavement was said to be about 2+ feet tall.  It is unclear if any car accident or injuries occurred because of the buckling, which suddenly happened early in the afternoon.

Weather had changed recently, with a large increase in temperatures.

An excerpt regarding the incident, as seen in the May 1, 2018 Highland Park News article titled “Lane closed on Route 41 in Highland Park after road buckles…“:

The left lane of southbound Route 41 north of Lake Cook Road has been closed after a buckle emerged, according to an alert from the city of Highland Park.

The alert cited “changing weather conditions” as the cause.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Lake County pavement incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the Highland Park Patch article titled “Lanes Closed As Route 41 Buckles North Of Lake Cook Road.”

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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 Distracted Driver Enforcement Initiatives Results

In the April 13, 2018 post (“Lake County Driver Distraction Traffic Safety Problem“) a recently announced distracted driver enforcement initiative was highlighted, and the problem of driver distraction was discussed especially as it relates to Lake County.

Results of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office enforcement initiative as well as results from Lake Forest have recently been announced.

An excerpt from the May 1, 2018 Lake County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Announces Results of Distracted Driver Campaign“:

The Lake County Sheriff’ Office issued 122 citations during the state-wide distracted driving campaign. The increased enforcement was part of the national Distracted Driving Awareness Month effort supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“Driver distraction is a persistent issue in Lake County and often has life-altering consequences,” said Sheriff Curran.  “We implemented this enforcement action to encourage motorists to drop it and drive.”

As seen in the release, of the 122 citations, 94 were related to “electronic communication devices.”

An excerpt from the Lake Forest Patch article of April 30 titled “34 Distracted Driving Citations, 3 for Underage Drinking…“:

On April 19 and 20, Lake Forest police carried out two distracted driving enforcement operations around two school zones – Deerpath Middle School and Lake Forest High School – as part of an IDOT safety campaign.

Police issued 34 citations and 13 warnings to motorists for using cell phones while driving during over the two-day period.

Additional details regarding these Lake County distracted driver initiatives 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.