Blog posts tagged in distracted driving
When most DuPage County residents think about car accident risks, they consider some of the more common reasons that motor vehicle collisions take place. For instance, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and impaired driving often make the top of the list for frequent causes of traffic collisions. But what about car accidents that do not result from a driver’s reckless or careless behavior, but rather from a medical emergency?
According to a recent report from CNBC, safety technology upgrades in automobiles may soon be able to detect when a person is having a heart attack and thus may be able to prevent a severe or fatal crash.
Cars Reacting to Drivers’ Medical Emergencies
Most drivers in Lombard, Illinois know that texting while driving using a handheld device is unlawful under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2), and using a smartphone behind the wheel can lead to a distracted driving collision. What are the risks of new high-tech gadgets in automobiles?
According to a recent article in Consumer Reports, high-tech features in new automobiles may be even more distracting to drivers than smartphones. Most specifically, vehicles with built-in navigation systems may lead to more auto accidents in DuPage County than most residents might think.
AAA Says High-Tech Automobiles May Cause Distracted Driving Crashes
Drivers in DuPage County and throughout Illinois are banned from using handheld electronic communication devices on the road (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2). However, a study conducted earlier this year suggests that a large percentage of Illinois car accidents continue to happen as a result of distracted driving and cellphones use.
To be sure, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, about 25 percent of drivers involved in a crash were on their phones immediately before the collision occurred. In other words, drivers are breaking the law concerning handheld cellphone use, and they may be causing traffic accidents.
Understanding Illinois Cellphone Ban
When we think about pedestrian accidents involving a person’s distraction, we often think about distracted driving and make assumptions about a motorist’s behavior behind the wheel. However, as a fact sheet from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) highlights, distracted walking is a problem, too. To be sure, distracted walking may be a factor in pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles.
What are the facts you need to know about distracted walking? And when might a jury hold a distracted pedestrian liable for a car accident?
Getting the Facts About Distracted Walking and Auto Accidents
Truck accidents involving semis are often catastrophic. Other drivers who are involved in truck crashes are often seriously injured or even killed as a result. The sheer force and power behind these massive vehicles make them a potentially deadly weapon when they lose control on the highway.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders have specialized training and experience to avoid big rig accidents, yet they occur all too frequently. So, what are the most common causes of these types of accidents?
Truck Equipment Failure