Category Archives: Traffic Safety

Traffic Safety Enforcement Campaign Targeting Distracted Driving

“Distracted Driving” continues to be a major cause and/or contributing factor in vehicle accidents.

On this site various aspects of distracted driving are further discussed on the “Accidents Involving Distracted Driving” and “Distracted Driving Accidents And Injuries” pages.

On June 1, 2017 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release concerning the “Drop It And Drive” traffic safety campaign.  Notable excerpts from the press release include the following:

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association and local police departments in a countywide ‘#DropItAndDrive’ traffic safety campaign during the ‘100 deadliest days’ of teen driving. The Lake County Division of Transportation along with AAA will also be partnering with law enforcement during the campaign.

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According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during this deadly period, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 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 Eric Guenther, President of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association said, “We see the consequences of distracting driving on the news and on our streets. Distracted driving has become the number 1 killer of teenagers between 16-19 years of age. Our call to action is to take to the streets and focus on distracted drivers for their safety as well as the community’s, for the next 100 days.”

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the press release 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.

Seat Belt Usage As A Safety Measure

Wearing seat belts remains among the best preventative measures for avoiding serious injuries (including fatal injuries) during a vehicle accident.  Many aspects of seat belts and their safety benefits are discussed on the “The Safety Benefits of Wearing Seat Belts” page.

On May 19, 2017 the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “IDOT, Law Enforcement Urge Motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket’ as Summer Travel Season Begins.” (pdf)

Notable excerpts from the press release include:

“Wearing your seat belt is the law, but it’s also a matter of common sense,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Making the right choice to buckle up, every time, no matter where you are seated, substantially increases your chance of survival in the event of a crash. By buckling up and avoiding impaired driving, you can help keep Illinois roads safer for all who are traveling.”

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These unified efforts to crack down on unbuckled and impaired drivers come at a time when traffic fatalities are on the rise. Illinois has seen an increase in motor vehicle fatalities over the last two years. According to 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, 42 percent of nationwide motor vehicle fatalities involved unbuckled vehicle occupants.

Seat belts are designed to keep you positioned safely in a vehicle. Should a crash occur, a seat belt helps slow down the body, works in conjunction with the air bag and spreads force over a wider area of the body, lessening the likelihood of injury or ejection.

Additional details regarding the safety benefits of seat belts are 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.

Traffic Safety Concerns Regarding The Grand Avenue Exit On I-94

NBC Chicago aired a segment (“After Series of Accidents, Authorities Take Second Look at Busy Lake County Interchange“) this afternoon (January 23, 2017) concerning the Grand Avenue exit ramp from I-94 in Gurnee.  The segment highlights safety concerns regarding the exit, which has experienced a number of multi-vehicle accidents in the recent past, despite having been recently renovated.

An excerpt from the article:

“A lot of people do stay in the right lane and they cross over and that’s when the accidents happen,” said motorist Steve Norton.

In September, eight people were injured after a semi plowed into cars standing still waiting to exit. In November, a Round Lake Beach man’s car was totaled when he was caught in a multivehicle, chain reaction collision while waiting to exit.

[note:  The September accident mentioned above was summarized in the September 20, 2016 post titled “I-94 ‘Chain-Reaction’ Crash In Gurnee.”  As seen in that post, two people had to be extricated from their vehicles, and eight people were injured, one critically.]

Additional details regarding this traffic safety issue – as well as potential improvements – can be seen in the NBC Chicago article mentioned above, as well as the January 23 Daily Herald article titled “Accidents create need for changes at Gurnee tollway exit.”

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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.

Holiday Period Traffic Safety Enforcement

The number of crashes during the holiday seasons remain a concern.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) produces an Illinois crash fatality report for various holiday periods, including those of Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.  As seen in that report, a high percentage of such fatal Illinois crashes during the holiday periods are alcohol-related.

Given this prevalence of drinking-related Illinois fatal traffic accidents, often during holiday periods police departments will have special traffic safety enforcement initiatives, with a primary goal of preventing drunk driving.  Other goals often include pulling over distracted drivers, as well as those who are speeding.

On December 19, 2016 the Lake Forest Patch published an article titled “Holiday Traffic Campaign Gets Underway in Lake County.”  The article features commentary from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office regarding a safety enforcement campaign that will begin on December 16 and continue into 2017.

Excerpts from the article include:

Too often, drivers take to the roads after drinking at holiday celebrations. Data shows the decision to drive while impaired can have serious, and all too often deadly consequences, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. In 2015, 35,092 people in the United States were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 29 percent (10,265) of those who died, were killed in crashes where the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.

The article also features five safety tips, many of them aimed at preventing driving after drinking.

Additional details regarding this Lake County traffic safety enforcement campaign can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Lake Forest 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.

Illinois Seat Belt Use Safety Benefits

On November 22, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release regarding safe travel.  The release highlights the benefits of seat belt usage, especially with regard to fatal crash injuries.

An excerpt from the release, which is titled “Make Buckling Up a Thanksgiving Tradition,” include:

New observational surveys by IDOT show that the statewide seat belt usage rate for front-seat occupants dropped from 95.2 percent in 2015 to 93 percent in 2016, despite a state law enacted in 2012 that requires all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts. State data show that an estimated 421 lives were saved in Illinois in 2015 because of proper seat belt and child safety seat use.

More than half of all traffic fatalities involve someone not wearing a seat belt, according to IDOT statistics. To encourage every motorist to buckle up and drive sober, hundreds of seat belt enforcement zones, roadside safety checks and saturation patrols will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The release also notes the increasing year-to-date number of Illinois traffic crash fatalities.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT media release 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.