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Drivers On Drugs And The Accident Injuries Involved

Drivers on drugs continues to be a major traffic safety issue. While there are many drugs that such drivers typically use before – or during – driving, among the most common are marijuana, cocaine, meth and heroin. Also, “huffing” and sniffing of chemicals sometimes occurs, which also can lead to serious levels of impairment and an inability to adequately control a vehicle.

Accidents caused by drivers on drugs have occurred throughout the Chicago area, including some in Lake County. As seen in these accidents, injuries are often serious in nature, and some are life-threatening and can lead to fatalities. In many of these accidents,

On this site, the subject of drug-impaired drivers is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page. As seen on that page, the level of impairment various significantly depending on many factors. However, if “mixed drug” use occurs and/or alcohol is consumed during the drug use, the level of impairment will likely increase, perhaps substantially. Also, many of this “drugged driving” involves speeding, which further can increase the odds of a serious accident occurring.

Recently, there have been two incidents alleging involving drivers on drugs. The first one is mentioned in a Highland Park Patch article of February 12, 2019. As seen in that article, the driver was arrested in Highland Park and charged with driving under the influence of drugs following a traffic stop.

In another incident, involving alleged multiple collisions in Riverside, the driver was charged after allegedly driving while on heroin. That accident is discussed in the February 3, 2019 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Police: Driver high on heroin during series of hit-and-run crashes in Riverside.”

Additional details regarding drivers on drugs and the serious accident injuries that can occur 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.  

Roadways Prone To Accidents In The Chicago Area

Roadways prone to accidents can occur for many reasons. Among these reasons are overly complicated roadway designs; too much traffic for a given roadway; a lack of suitable traffic control devices; and too little traffic safety enforcement. As well, in addition to these factors, accidents with injuries are more prone to happen if vehicles are traveling at excessive speed. Vehicles traveling at excessive speed is problematical for many reasons, as further discussed on the “Speed As An Accident Cause And The Potential For Serious Injuries” page.

These roadways prone to accidents are a traffic safety concern as they often lead to accidents with injuries.  In the Chicago area there are many intersections which are considered due to various reasons to be “dangerous intersections” or intersections in which accidents frequently occur.  A broad range of accident types can occur, including “T-bone crashes”, “rear-end collisions,” pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.  Often, a history of frequent accidents will lead to changes in the design of the roadways and intersections to reduce the possibility of additional accidents.

NBC Chicago ran a segment (video and article) on February 6, 2019 titled “Chicago-Area Drivers Navigate ‘Confusing’ Intersections.”  The video shows various roadways and intersections in the Chicago area – including those in Chicago, several in DuPage County, and some commentary regarding roundabouts in Lake County

An excerpt from the article:

NBC 5 Investigates contacted transportation experts and dozens of area police departments to learn what they considered to be the potentially confusing new or old roadway designs.

With regard to roundabouts in Lake County, the video and article discuss the roundabout at
Riverwoods Road and Everett Road, and also mentions that there are 5 roundabouts in Lake County.

Additional details regarding these roadways prone to accidents can be seen in the segment.

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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.  

Wadsworth Traffic Accident Leads To Driver Fatality

A Wadsworth traffic accident occurred on Saturday (February 9, 2019) evening. This Wadsworth traffic accident was a “head-on collision” that led to the death of one driver and two other vehicle occupants were seriously injured.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, in a February 10, 2019 media release titled “Fatal Wadsworth Traffic Crash,” the “head-on collision” occurred on Delaney Road, just south of Wadsworth Road. Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputies began to go to the accident scene at approximately 7:50 p.m.

An excerpt regarding this Wadsworth traffic accident:

Preliminary investigation shows a 2016 Hyundai Sonata, driven by a 17-year-old female of Zion, was traveling northbound on Delany Road.  A 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, driven by a 55-year-old male of Beach Park was traveling southbound on Delany Road.  Based on preliminary information at this time, it appears the driver of the Hyundai crossed the median and entered the southbound lanes of traffic.  The Chrysler and Hyundai struck head-on in the southbound lanes.

The driver of the Chrsyler was taken to Vista East Hospital in Waukegan and was subsequently pronounced dead.

Another occupant in the Chrysler, a 32-year-old man, was also taken to Vista East Hospital for medical treatment of serious accident injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment of her accident injuries. These injuries were considered to be serious injuries.

An autopsy has been scheduled by the Lake County Coroner’s Office for the driver of the Chrysler.

This Wadsworth traffic accident investigation continues and is being conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.  

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above as well as the February 10, 2019 Daily Herald article titled “Lake County man killed in head-on crash near Wadworth.”

Additional discussion of “head-on collisions” – including why they occur and why they typically involve serious accident injuries and fatalities – can be seen on the “Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions” 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.  

Rollover Crashes In Lake County Including A Lake Zurich Crash

Rollover crashes are among the most serious types of vehicle accidents. Due to many factors, including the high physical forces exerted on vehicle occupants, these rollover crashes often result in serious accident injuries. Various characteristics of vehicle rollover accidents, including their various causes and characteristics, are discussed on the “Lake County Rollover Accidents” page. As discussed on that page, in crashes of this type in which the vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts, there is an increased risk of serious accident injuries as the vehicle occupants are vulnerable to be ejected (i.e. thrown from) the vehicle.

There was a SUV rollover accident early Saturday (February 2, 2019) morning in Lake Zurich. The incident, with video of the actual accident, is discussed in the February 6, 2019 Chicago Tribune article titled “Rollover crash caught on dashcam leads to DUI charge: Lake Zurich police.”

As discussed in the article, the crash occurred on U.S. Route 12, and appears to involve a loss of vehicle control. The driver was hospitalized after the crash.

An excerpt from the article concerning the charges faced by the driver,
Adam Babczak, 21, of Des Plaines:

After his release from the hospital, Lake Zurich police said, Babczak was cited with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, improper lane usage, failure to signal, illegal transportation of an open alcoholic beverage, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and failure to wear a safety belt.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional discussion concerning rollover crashes and the potential for injuries, as well as additional details and possible updates concerning the Lake Zurich rollover crash highlighted, 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.  

Fatal Waukegan Pedestrian Accident Along Grand Avenue

There was a fatal Waukegan pedestrian accident Sunday (February 3, 2019) evening. The accident was a “hit & run,” i.e. the vehicle that hit the man left the accident scene.

This fatal Waukegan pedestrian accident occurred along Grand Avenue.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the February 3 ,2019 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man fatally struck by vehicle in Waukegan hit-and-run“:

Police were called about a person lying in the street about 11:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of Grand Avenue, according to Waukegan Police Cmdr. Joe Florip.

Officers arrived to find a 38-year-old man who appeared to have been hit by a vehicle, Florip said. He had apparently been near the curb in the eastbound lane when he was hit.

As is often the case when a person is hit by a vehicle the man’s injuries were severe. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, where he was later pronounced dead. Later, the man was identified as Christopher Harris, 22, of Waukegan.

This fatal Waukegan pedestrian accident is being investigated by the Waukegan Police Department’s Major Traffic Crash Unit. Those with information concerning the crash are asked to call Sgt. Roush at 847-599-2630.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the February 4, 2019 Lake County News-Sun article titled “Pedestrian dies of injuries after being struck by hit-and-run driver in Waukegan, police say.”

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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.