Category Archives: Traffic Safety

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.

Lake County Accident Trends And Preventative Measures

Motor vehicle accident trends in Lake County, and measures taken to reduce accidents, is discussed in the November 13, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “How Lake County is trying to reduce fatalities, serious crashes.”

An excerpt from the article:

Safety strategies involve measures such as making curves more visible on rural highways, improving the line of sight at intersections without signals, and conducting campaigns to increase seat belt compliance and reduce speeding and impaired driving, Husak said.

In 2015, the most recent information available, there were 16 fatalities on local roads in Lake County and 20 more on state routes.

Also that year, 209 serious injuries were reported on local roads and 260 on state routes.

The number of traffic fatalities reported in 2015 was 50 percent higher and serious injuries about 17 percent higher than reported in 2012, according to information provided by Nelson.

Also, the article contains a pdf file in which various Lake County accident trends from years 2009-2015 are shown.   Bicyclist accidents (referred to as “pedalcyclist” accidents) and pedestrian accidents and injuries are included in these statistics.

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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.

Driver Distraction Caused By In-Car Technologies

“Distracted Driving” continues to be a substantial problem for driving safety.  Various aspects of the issue are discussed on the “Accidents Involving Distracted Driving” page.  As discussed on that page, there are many types of activities that can divert the driver’s attention from properly operating the vehicle.  As seen in the statistics, distracted driving continues to be significant, despite various efforts and Illinois laws created to reduce its occurrence.

Two prominent sources of “distracted driving” are operating car entertainment systems as well as other dashboard technologies.

Recently, the AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report concerning distracted driving that occurs due to a driver operating car technologies such as car “infotainment” systems and other technologies such as navigation systems.

The study is discussed in various media sources, including the October 5, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Technology crammed into cars worsens driver distraction.”  The full AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report is titled “Visual and Cognitive Demands of Using In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems.”

The AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety discusses in-vehicle technologies and contains the following excerpts:

Vehicle’s with infotainment systems rolling off lots today include new capabilities available to the driver that increase visual and mental distractions behind the wheel. Today’s new features make placing a phone call or changing the radio more complicated by requiring drivers to maneuver through complex menu systems using touch screens or voice commands rather than use of simple knobs or buttons. Many of the latest systems also now allow drivers to perform tasks unrelated to driving like surfing the web, checking social media or sending a text message- all things drivers have no business doing behind the wheel.

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Programming navigation was the most distracting task, taking an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete. In addition, none of the 30 vehicle infotainment systems produced low demand, while 23 systems generated high or very high levels of demand on drivers:

The page also shows a graphic showing the level of driver distraction associated with operating various car technologies.

Additional details regarding driver distraction can be found 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 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.