Illegal street racing has become more frequent in Illinois and around the country. Fatalities and injuries from racing on highways and other public streets have risen in recent years. Being caught just watching an illegal street race can be considered aiding and abetting this dangerous activity. There are tracks dedicated to legal car racing. These are a much safer alternative to the dangers and stiff penalties for illegal racing.
Drivers need to be aware of the unique risks posed by semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles. While truck drivers should be vigilant in order to safely operate their oversized vehicles, other drivers should also take extra care when driving in their vicinity.
On Feb. 8, three people were injured when a car smashed into a home in South Elgin. The accident happened around 2:30 a.m., according to authorities.
The news is full of stories about accidents caused by people who text and drive, some of them fatal. Unfortunately, despite the dangers, many people, and especially many young people, continue to engage in such activity while they are driving. When teens and adults text and drive, they not only endanger themselves, they also endanger others on the roads around them.
Law enforcement authorities reported that a head-on collision claimed the life of a Dahlgren man on Nov. 4. The accident reportedly happened on Illinois Route 142 near the Hamilton/Jefferson County line around 5:10 p.m.
An accident involving a passenger bus in Chicago at around 6:35 a.m. on Aug. 29 left 13 people with various injuries. This included 12 bus passengers and an off-duty firefighter who was participating in the rescue effort when he was injured. Several ambulances transported the injured parties to various local hospitals for medical evaluation and treatment.
One person is dead and another injured as the result of an auto accident that occurred May 5 in Edwardsville. Police have identified one of the victims as a 50-year-old woman who died at the scene. A 23-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Two other people were involved in the crash, including a juvenile, but they were not injured.
Illinois drivers may wish to know about a recall of certain luxury vehicles due to a flaw in the accelerator pedal. This is the second time that the cars are being recalled for the same issue. The first time, English car manufacturer Aston Martin was unaware of the magnitude of the problem.
Honda has announced that it is recalling over 340,000 vehicles. The recall is due to a problem involving the brakes that could potentially lead to more auto accident cases on Illinois roadways and other areas.
An Illinois man was recently charged with five counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one count of reckless homicide. He was allegedly drunk behind the wheel in a November auto accident that killed five people in the vehicle with him while they were reportedly hill-jumping. The practice involves driving over hilly rural roads at high speed with the aim of becoming airborne after cresting the top. The man reportedly lost control of his Chevrolet Trailblazer, sending it flipping over multiple times.