If you are like a lot of people in Illinois, you may be watching how many vehicle manufacturers and technology companies are racing to get fully autonomous vehicles on the roads and wondering just how ready consumers really are. One might assume that consumers are becoming more comfortable with these vehicles but a newly completed survey by AAA suggests the opposite is actually true.
In Illinois and in several other states in the nation, it is illegal to use a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel. This legislation was put in place to reduce the number of people who are killed and injured in distracted driving accidents each year. As a result, many drivers have started using hands-free cellphones as a safe and legal alternative. However, studies show that hands-free cellphones are a significant source of cognitive distraction and may still lead to catastrophic car accidents.
Sharing the road with teenage drivers is an inevitable part of life for most Illinois residents, but even the safest, most conscientious teen drivers present a threat to the public due to a lack of experience. While this inexperience can make drivers less sure of what to do in the event of a car wreck or otherwise impact their judgment, many teen drivers are engaging in behaviors that make them even more dangerous to the motoring public. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associated, we understand that texting and driving continues to be a major problem among teenagers, and we have helped many people injured in distracted driving car crashes pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.
As you navigate the roadways, you may be used to sharing the road with many different drivers. Not only is it important that you drive safely, but you must remain on the lookout for other motorists who may be driving in a hazardous manner. Aggressive drivers are not uncommon, as people may get angry while rushing to get to an important meeting or appointment. It is crucial that you are able to spot the signs of an aggressive driver so that you can minimize your chances of becoming the victim of a catastrophic car accident.
One of the most common activities people, especially youth, participate in these days is an online viral challenge – specifically, an activity that social media users find entertaining, daring or outrageous. In the past, people have seen such challenges as the ice water challenge, which served the purpose of raising awareness for ALS, and the Tide Pod and cinnamon challenges, which seemed to have no purpose other than being funny to those who participated or watched – although both challenges were responsible for numerous injuries. Illinois residents may want to be cautious, however, as some of the dangerous actions associated with viral challenges can harm themselves or others.
At the Illinois Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we represent numerous car crash victims who have suffered grievous personal injuries as the result of their accidents. A traumatic brain injury represents one of the most potentially catastrophic injuries from which our clients suffer.
As people become more aware of the dangers involved in distracted driving, cellphone and vehicle manufacturers look for ways to lessen the amount of distraction drivers’ experience while on the road. Voice-activated technology is designed to perform certain tasks when drivers speak commands. For example, a car equipped with voice-activated technology would allow people to call a contact, navigate the radio and even compose a text all while driving. A study released by AAA found that even though voice-activated technology reduces the amount of cognitive distraction caused by cellphone use, it still creates a significant amount of distraction, which may lead to a devastating car accident.
As an Illinois driver, no one need tell you that car crashes happen all too frequently. Sometimes they can result in dire consequences. If you sustain a neck or back injury in your car crash, a good part of your body could become paralyzed, forcing you to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair.
When you become the victim of a car crash in Illinois, particularly one in which a negligent motorist rear-ends you, you have a very high risk of sustaining a whiplash injury. As Spine-Health.com explains, a whiplash occurs when the force of the impact of the other car hitting yours makes your head and neck suddenly jerk backward and forward. These extremely quick, violent movements put enormous stress on your cervical spine.
As an Illinois motorist, you may have places to go and errands to run even after the sun has set for the day. Bright headlights and streetlights illuminate the roadways of Illinois so that motorists can continue to navigate their way throughout the state. The trouble lies in the fact that more people are killed while driving at night than those driving during the daytime. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to be killed in an accident while driving at night. Understanding what causes this increased death rate may help to minimize your chances of being killed or injured in a nighttime car accident.