Category Archives: Traffic Safety

Lake County Driver Distraction Traffic Safety Problem

Driver distraction continues to be a significant threat to safe travel in Illinois, including Lake County.  “Distracted driving” can be caused by many different activities that divert the attention of the driver.  Among the most common reasons for driver distraction is operating a cell phone – and especially texting while driving.  In many cases this resulting lack of attention can directly or indirectly lead to a loss of vehicle control and/or a traffic accident.

On this site, various issues (including legal, medical, and statistics) regarding distracted drivers and the accidents caused by their negligent actions are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents And Injuries” page.  As seen on that page, statistics indicate the danger of driving while inattentive as well as the significant number of accidents that are attributed to driver distraction.  Additionally, a recent study (discussed in the “‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety” post) shows that drivers consider “distracted driving” to be the top threat to traffic safety.

On April 13, 2018 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced a traffic safety campaign focused on distracted driving.  The media release is titled “Sheriff Curran Announced Distracted Driver Traffic Safety Campaign.”

Notable excerpts include:

Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “Texting and driving is dangerous. If a motorist is caught with a phone in one hand, they can expect a ticket in the other. The purpose of the campaign is to reduce distracted driving and reduce traffic crashes.”

Texting while driving distracts the driver visually, manually and cognitively, putting everyone on the road at risk. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field.

Additional details concerning driver distraction 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” Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety

“Distracted driving” remains one of the foremost threats to traffic safety.  While there are many behaviors that can lead to a driver being sufficiently distracted to the point of not being able to safely drive, texting and other cellphone usage remains the most problematical.

Various aspects of “distracted driving” – including how often it happens, why it is dangerous, and relevant Illinois laws – are discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents And Injuries” page.

An excerpt from that page:

While distractions can be caused by many factors, one of the most common  types of distracted driving appears to be caused by cell phone usage – and in particular “texting” appears to be among the most common.  Texting while driving is particularly hazardous, for a number of reasons.  One reason is that texting while driving distractions are frequent and protracted in nature.  According to the CDC, texting is one distraction that takes the driver’s attention away from driving on a more frequent basis – and for longer periods – than other distractions.

On March 29, 2018 the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety released survey results from the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index regarding distracted driving.  The survey shows that distracted driving was the most popular response of growing traffic safety dangers.

An excerpt from the “Distraction Tops Drivers’ List of Growing Dangers on the Road” post:

The proportion of drivers who report talking on a cell phone regularly or fairly often when behind the wheel jumped 46 percent since 2013. Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email. Despite their behavior, nearly 58 percent of drivers say talking on a cellphone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety, while 78 percent believe that texting is a significant danger. A recent study from the AAA Foundation shows drivers talking on a cellphone are up to four times as likely to crash while those who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.

Additional information concerning the dangers of driver distraction 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.

Lake County March 2018 Traffic Safety Campaign Announced

Drunk driving continues to be a significant hazard with regard to traffic safety.  On this site, Lake County drunk driving accidents in which accident injuries have occurred are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category.   One particularly dangerous activity that is usually associated with driver intoxication  – “wrong-way driving” – is discussed in posts found under the “‘Wrong-Way’ Drivers” category.

While drunk driving can happen at any time, statistics indicate that it is more likely to happen during certain parts of the year.  It is for this reason that special law enforcement initiatives are announced around these times of the year, typically around holidays and major sporting events.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced on March 13, 2018 enforcement initiatives for March 16-18.  The media release is titled “Sheriff Mark Curran announces St. Patrick’s Day Traffic Safety Campaign March 16 – March 18, 2018.”  Two excerpts:

Sheriff Mark Curran announced the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with State and local law enforcement for the St. Patrick’s Day traffic safety enforcement campaign. The national campaign begins Friday, March 16 and runs through Sunday, March 18, 2018. Funding for this traffic safety campaign is made possible through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Administration and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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In 2015, 10,265 were killed in alcohol-related driving accidents, representing 29 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Safety tips with regard to impaired driving are also provided.  These tips include avoiding drunk driving as well as helping others to avoid drunk driving.

One of the tips has to do with what to do if you see drunk driving:

  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

Signs of possible drunk driving is discussed on the “How To Spot Drunk Drivers” post.

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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.

IDOT Warning Concerning Adverse Driving Conditions

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a warning today (February 8, 2018) with regard to adverse driving conditions due to anticipated snowfall starting tonight.  Various areas of Northern Illinois (Lake County, McHenry County, and various parts of the remaining Chicago area) are expected to be impacted.

The media release is titled “Winter Storm, Treacherous Driving Conditions  Across Northern Illinois Tonight and Friday.” (pdf) The release discusses driving issues with regard to the anticipated 10-12 inches of snow that is expected to fall in Northern Illinois tonight and tomorrow.

An excerpt from the release:

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm with the potential for 12 inches of snow in northern Illinois will create treacherous conditions tonight and Friday. Driving should be avoided, with snow- and ice-covered roads, limited visibility and extremely long travel times anticipated.

The release also offers various “safe-driving” tips for dealing with the expected driving conditions.

One of these tips is the following:

  • Always wear a seat belt, whether you’re sitting in the front seat or back seat. It’s the law.

On this site, the importance of every vehicle occupant wearing a seat belt at all times is discussed on the “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.  As discussed on that page, wearing a seat belt helps prevent the possibility of the driver and/or other vehicle occupants from being ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown) from the car or other type of vehicle.  These ejections often lead to accident injuries that are serious and possibly life-threatening in nature.

During adverse driving conditions – especially those involving snow and ice – various types of crashes are likely to occur.  These crashes can include various types of loss of control, including spinouts and “slideoffs.”  Additionally, there may be potential for formation of “black ice,” which often creates a very hazardous condition for drivers.

Additional details regarding these anticipated adverse driving conditions caused by heavy snowfall 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.

IDOT Winter Driving Warning And Driver Safety Tips

Winter driving is becoming more of a concern given the change of seasons and various recent snow and ice accumulations.  Accidents have occurred, as seen in the various incidents including the “black ice” accidents that recently happened on the Dan Ryan Expressway and elsewhere in the Chicago area.

On November 20, 2017 the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release with regard to winter driving safety.  The press release is titled “Preparation is Key:  Winter Weather – Get it Together.”

Notable excerpts include:

Throughout the winter, especially during adverse conditions, motorists should practice basic
winter driving skills and build extra time into their schedules.

The press release offers numerous tips.  The first tip offered is to wear a seat belt.  On this site, the many safety benefits of wearing a seat belt are discussed on the “The Safety Benefits Of Wearing Seat Belts” page.

The other tips cover a range of actions.  Another tips is to watch for “black ice.”  Another excerpt from the press release:

“Winter weather causes extremely dangerous driving with black ice and white out conditions,”
said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Plan ahead by checking your windshield wipers, vehicle fluid
levels, proper tire inflation and tread depth. Remember to avoid unnecessary lane changes and as always, reduce your speed and increase following distances. Don’t crowd the plow. Give them room to work. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.”

For those who are unaware of “black ice” and its characteristics and effects on winter driving,  “black ice” is a (very) thin coat of clear ice that forms over a road.  The thin coat of ice is hazardous for various reasons, including that the resulting roadway surface is very slippery, and the ice can be very difficult to see, especially at night.  In many instances a driver that drives over “black ice” will lose control of the vehicle which may lead to an accident with 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.