Police say that alcohol may have been a factor in a deadly wrong-way collision on an Illinois expressway shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 7. Two women were killed and a third was injured when the car they were riding in was struck head on by a red Dodge minivan. The woman who survived the auto accident was able to provide details about the moments leading up to the collision to authorities.
A car traveling eastbound on Oakton Street in Skokie hit and killed an elderly male pedestrian as he was crossing the street southbound. The accident happened near Oakton Park, although authorities stated that neither the man nor the driver had anything to do with the park.
A member of the North Chicago Police Department was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in Chicago after an accident that killed two college students. The officer was placed on administrative leave as soon as the North Chicago department was notified that he was in custody of the Chicago police. However, nothing was said about this motor vehicle accident at the most recent City Council meeting. The main topics on the agenda were the high school winning basketball team, discussion of purchasing police cars and honoring a police dog.This North Chicago Police Dept. has had many difficulties over the past few years with wrongful death lawsuits and allegations of misconduct by police officers. There have also been allegations of racism and use of unreasonable force in arrests. These problems may have been what caused people attending this meeting to speak up about the incident during the public forum and wonder about the possible liability of the city.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced plans to finalize several key safety regulations in 2013. One that is garnering widespread attention is a requirement that all new commercial buses be fitted with seat belts.
When one hears the term "black box," thoughts of planes and crash investigations usually first arise. The small but near-indestructible boxes have aided investigators for decades in the work of reconstructing events both in and out of the cockpit that attributed to aviation accidents.
Winter driving season is upon us, which means it's time for an uptick in motor vehicle accidents caused by poor visibility and slick, icy roads. Driving in Midwest winters can be scary and hazardous, especially when compounded with heavy holiday traffic.
Last week we discussed a tragic Illinois case that illustrated some of the issues surrounding dangerous teen drivers. Teenagers tend to overestimate their driving abilities and underestimate some of the road's risks, which can lead to serious car accidents.
Illinois State Police will be conducting special Traffic Enforcement Patrols, also known as the sTEP program. The sTEP project, funded by the Traffic Safety division of the Illinois Department of Transportation, focuses on several driving behaviors that are known to increase the risk of car crashes.
Chicago's well-developed rail system can be a godsend for commuters, tourists and shippers. The lines that criss-cross the metro area make the city easier to navigate and more accessible for everyone. However, they can also be a hazard to motorists and pedestrians.
A city's pedestrians are its most vulnerable road users, often rendered defenseless in the path of negligent motorists. Decisions that affect transportation and safety are typically made with motorists in mind, sometimes leading to infrastructure and policy that shortchange pedestrians.