Excessive speed was likely the cause of a fatal one-car accident during the early morning hours of Feb. 10 according to police in Illinois. The 29-year-old driver of the car and his 25-year-old male front-seat passenger lost their lives in the crash, which took place on Sheridan Road in Central Peoria at approximately 4:15 a.m. A second passenger was taken by paramedics to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with what media accounts described as life-threatening injuries. A Peoria Police Department representative said that toxicology tests were being performed on a blood sample taken from the deceased driver.
The Governors Highway Safety Association has a report out that tackles the challenging topic of speeding. Unfortunately, many drivers in Illinois, as elsewhere, think of speeding as being culturally acceptable and do not think about the dangers. Speeding, according to the GHSA, will increase the severity of crashes and, with it, the risk for fatalities, especially among pedestrians and cyclists.
A combination of reckless driving and treacherous road conditions was the cause of an accident that claimed the life of an 86-year-old man on the morning of Jan. 22 according to the Illinois State Police. The 74-year-old driver of the pickup truck that crossed the center line of U.S. Route 41 and struck an oncoming van head-on has been cited for improper lane usage, failing to reduce speed to prevent an accident and not wearing a seat belt.
Truck driver fatigue poses a major danger to people on the roads in Illinois. In one poll, around 25 percent of truck drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in the past month. Trucking accidents are particularly dangerous to passengers and drivers in smaller vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists. In 2016, 3,986 people were killed as a result of truck crashes, but only 17 percent of the lives lost were those inside the truck.
Motor vehicle accidents can cause devastating injuries to people in Illinois. Because reducing crash damages and addressing the injuries that follow can be a major public health concern, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration leads a crash injury process called CIREN that brings experts together to understand why and how serious injuries occur.
One central Illinois man was shocked to discover the cause of his ongoing discomfort and pain after surgery: two surgical sponges left behind. The man received his first operation in May 2014, but long after the procedure, he experienced shortness of breath, high fevers and other signs that indicated an infection. Despite receiving antibiotics and other treatment, the symptoms would return, and doctors were unsure of the cause of his recurrent illness.
Inclement weather is a common cause of accidents in Illinois. Road conditions can go from being fine to dangerous very quickly. AAA has released tips for driving safely in winter weather.
Truck accidents can be particularly frightening for drivers, pedestrians and others on the roads in Illinois. Because commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are so large, their size and weight present a serious threat. People in passenger cars and other smaller vehicles are far more likely to face severe injuries or death. While the overall trend in motor vehicle accident deaths has gone downward, fatalities in truck crashes have continued to rise.
A 16-year-old Illinois girl was killed in a multi-vehicle car accident in Wheeling on July 21. Six other people were also injured in the crash.
What happens out on Illinois’ roads matters greatly. How safe, or dangerous, things are on the roads can have deep implications for families in the state. Car accidents can expose families to all manner of hardships. In some tragic instances, they lead to families suffering the ultimate loss, the loss of a loved one.