In a previous post, we talked about the minimum auto insurance that Illinois requires of all vehicle owners, including the types of coverage that satisfy the state's insurance laws. We advised owners to shop around and find the best possible deal before buying.
Large trucks carrying goods is a common sight across U.S. roadways, including here in Illinois. The normal day-to-day lives of Americans can be severely affected in the absence of these trucks, since they carry consumer items from one place to another.
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.
Many Illinois residents know that if they are injured through someone else's negligence, the injured may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other damages. In many cases, this concept is relatively straightforward. For instance, if a drunk driver runs a stop sign and collides with a sober driver who had the right of way, it's highly likely that a court will find the drunk driver liable for the sober driver's damages. But what if both drivers shared some part of the fault for the accident? This question raises a complex issue known as comparative negligence.
A 37-year-old female is currently being held at county jail in connection with her involvement in an auto accident that resulted in the death of a senior exercise science major at Illinois State University. She has been charged with a drunk-driving felony.
Five people from the same family were killed in a crash in Hamilton County following a common rural activity known as hill-jumping. According to county deputies, locals call the area "thrill hills." Drivers speeding in the area have been known to go airborne. In this incident, the thrill killed. All six members of the family were residents of Collinsville.
The husband of a car accident victim is suing the Stephenson County Sheriff's Department in the wrongful death of his wife. The husband is a local high school teacher. His lawsuit claims the police dispatcher committed a blatant oversight by neglecting to report a missing stop sign which resulted in the death of his 32-year-old pregnant wife.