Car accidents in Illinois cause grave injuries and fatalities each year. Car accidents can also create a financial crisis for the family of an accident victim. Federal and state authorities have conducted many studies in order to gauge the annual cost of car accidents on victims, their family members, negligent drivers and insurance companies.
Half of all adolescents who die in their teens are the victims of traffic accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the major causes of car accidents are distracted driving and impaired driving. Drivers 16 to 19-years-old are among the most common violators of a wide variety of traffic violations, including speeding, texting while driving and drunk driving. Illinois law enforcement officers see the results every day.
Incidents on the roadways claim many lives every year in Illinois. In many cases, the driver of the vehicle may be found guilty of traffic law violations. One of the leading causes of car crashes is distracted driving, which includes driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. In rare cases, collision may be caused by the improper maintenance of roads or weather conditions.
A popular advocate for cycling safety, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver earlier this year, will be honored by a street that bears his name. The 26-year-old victim was biking in the North Clybourn corridor near Larabee when he was struck by a speeding vehicle. According to reporters, Chicago alderman voted to rename the street following a proposal at a city council meeting.