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Illinois is known for its serious winters. This is not just limited to Chicago though. All throughout the state winter weather can affect communities making roads much more hazardous as the snow falls and temperatures drop. It is no surprise that winter weather makes driving conditions much more dangerous. That is why it is imperative to use caution when driving in such weather. When drivers are negligent to their duty to be safe drivers, they can cause a motor vehicle accident that results in personal injuries to themselves and others on the road.

According to one recent article by the News-Gazette, winter weather caused a number of truck accidents in central Illinois. According to the article, Illinois State Police were on the scenes of multiple crashes that resulted in personal injuries and lane blockages on Interstate 57 in Champaign and Douglas Counties and on Interstate 74 in Mahomet. Authorities also relayed that the highest concentration of slide offs and accidents were between Tuscola at milepost 212 and Champaign at milepost 237, and on I-74 near Mahomet. At milepost 217 southbound, there was a jack-knifed truck tractor-semi trailer and another crash on I-57 at milepost 220. Recent freezing rain covered the roads with ice, and made driving conditions both difficult and dangerous.

As with any major weather event, authorities warned motorists to use caution when traveling on the interstates. In snowy or icy conditions, it is important to avoid unnecessary lane changes, which often cause a loss of control of a vehicle and use caution when traveling near the scene of an accident so as to not cause additional accidents and to keep those involved in the accident as safe as possible. Vehicles need to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles at these scenes.
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Curled up inside on the couch, sipping hot cocoa and watching the snow fall outside your window may be really relaxing, but the snow can invoke feelings far from relaxation when you’re dealing with it on the roads and highways. While snow may be pretty and picturesque when we are safe and inside, it is a completely different story when it is making your commute and travels hazardous. Frequently, snow is a cause of truck and motor vehicle accidents. By highlighting winter weather-related accidents in our blogs, we hope to bring awareness to our readers about the dangers winter weather conditions can pose on the roads.

A report by MyFox11 relayed that a woman died as the result of a truck crash on Highway 141 near Jossart Road. A pickup truck was hauling a snowmobile trailer northbound when the driver of the truck swerved to avoid a dark object in the roadway. The victim was then struck by the trailer. The driver died at the scene of the accident from head and internal injuries. Snow was also falling and covering the roadway at the time of the accident. The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this crash.

There are many steps we can take as drivers to protect ourselves and others when on snowy and icy roads. Weather Underground provides tips for both car maintenance and driving safety to ensure that you are most prepared for your snowy drive. It is important to make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive in winter weather. For example, you should be sure to check your anti-freeze and thermostat to avoid freezing. Make sure your windshield wiper blades are operable and that you have de-icing washing fluid. Also, check on your oil and power steering fluids. Be sure to properly lubricate door locks that may be prone to freezing. Remember to keep at least half of a tank of gas in your vehicle during the winter season too, because this prevents freezing.
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Winter weather has definitely arrived in Illinois. We may have not had a white Christmas, but now snow can be seen throughout much of the state, and the cold temperatures have come with it. However, with winter weather comes more hazards on the roadways. Snow and ice make the roads more dangerous by causing slippery and wet surfaces, so it is imperative that drivers take extra caution in these conditions. Otherwise, serious accidents can occur.

According to one article by the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, icy road conditions recently caused a truck accident near the southern exit in Mattoon on Interstate 57. A pickup truck struck a guardrail and overturned. According to Illinois State Police, the driver lost control of his truck after hitting a patch of black ice on the bridge deck. The truck then crossed the center median, hit the guardrail, and overturned.

Black ice is a significant hazard present during the cold temperatures in winter. One of the biggest dangers of black ice, according to AccuWeather, is that it is not only slippery but hard to spot. Black ice gets its name from its ability to blend in; it tends to look like the rest of the pavement on the road because it is clear. Black ice forms when the air is at 32 degrees or below at the surface and rain is falling. The ground temperature causes the precipitation to freeze upon impact, creating ice. Additionally, sleet and the refreezing after melt of snow or water can also create black ice. The prime times for the development of black ice are around dawn and in late evening. This is when temperatures tend to be their lowest. Additionally, the most common locations for black ice to form are shaded or tree-covered parts of roads due to the lack of light, and on bridges and overpasses because of the ability for water to freeze quickly in these locations.
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With the holiday season just wrapping up, our postal and delivery workers have been especially busy. A significant amount of packages are delivered this time of year, and these workers may be working much longer hours than normal or working much more frequently. Since a major facet of the postal services, both government and private, is to make deliveries to residences, these workers are on the road in great frequency during the holiday season. However, even though this season may be more stressful for these employees and require more work, this does not mean that the drivers should be more lax in their driving. Just like all drivers on the road, it is the legal duty of these individuals to practice safe driving when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

According to a recent report by CBS, a United Parcel Service driver hit a pedestrian in Evanston. The pedestrian was walking across Ashland Avenue in the early evening and was struck by the UPS truck that had just turned onto the street. According to Evanston police, the pedestrian had to be extricated from beneath the truck. The individual was then transported to Evanston-NorthShore University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.
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It seems that a truck accident involving injuries occurs almost every week in Illinois. Unfortunately, the most devastating accidents often take the life of the victims in the collision or result in very serious injury. This was the case earlier this week when aa young person died in an accident with a tractor trailer.

The Morris Daily Herald, reported that the 19-year-old man died when he swerved off of I-55 in the Channahon Township after his vehicle was cut off by a semitrailer, according to the Illinois State Police. He was driving in his pickup truck in the left lane when the semi switched lanes and cut him off. The victim then swerved to avoid hitting the semi and his vehicle rolled over several times in the median ditch and then came to a rest in the southbound lanes near the Route 6 interchange. In the process of the rollover, the victim was ejected from his vehicle. The driver of the semi continued on his way and did not stop during this incident. He has still not been identified. Unfortunately, the victim was also not wearing his seatbelt.

Although a semi-truck driver’s reckless actions and failure to be vigilant for others on the road resulted in the victim needed to make an emergency swerve to avoid collision, it is also important to discuss how seat belts can protect us during these emergency situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are a leading cause of death for those aged 1 – 54 in the United States. More than 2.2 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms from motor vehicle accidents in 2012 alone. Seat belt use is the most effective way to prevent death and reduce injury in a crash, and actually reduces serious injuries and deaths by half, but millions of people do not wear their seat belts. Teens and young adults wear their seat belts much less often than others. Of the crash victims aged 13 – 20 in 2012, 55% of them were not wearing seat belts. Those ages 13 – 34 are less likely to wear seat belts than those 35 and older too. Furthermore, those in rural areas, such as Channahon, are less 10% less likely to wear seat belts than those in urban and suburban areas.
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When a truck or motor vehicle accident occurs, serious consequences such as vehicle damage, injuries or death can follow. Because accidents are all too prevalent, we find it important to educate readers so our community can be more aware of dangers on the road.

In a recent article by The News-Gazette, a two-vehicle crash took the life of a woman from Mahomet. State police reported that a man was driving an International truck south on Illinois 47 and was approaching the drive to the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve Trail. The woman, who was driving an SUV, pulled out of a parking area in front of a truck. According to police, the truck driver tried to avoid the SUV but could not. As a result, the two vehicles collided in the street, which pushed the deceased’s vehicle into a ditch and killed her. This crash is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Champaign County Coroner’s Office.
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Truck and motor vehicle accidents are all too common throughout Illinois. That is why we feel that it is important to raise awareness surrounding the potential causes of these accidents and discuss the consequences of negligence in order to protect ourselves and those with whom we share the road. While we may not be able to prevent the negligence of others or stop unexpected hazards from posing danger, we can take steps to give us our best chances of staying alive when an accident occurs.

In a recent article by My Journal Carrier, it was reported that a Springfield man died in a truck accident. According to the report, he was not wearing a seat belt when his truck struck an embankment on the Camden Blacktop in Schuyler County. He was thrown from the truck upon collision.

The National Safety Council discusses how seat belts can keep us and our loved ones safe. Wearing a seat belt is imperative because motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injury and death across all age groups. In 2012, more than half of passengers who were killed in accidents were not wearing seat belts. However, it is known that seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 %.
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Loss of life from motor vehicle accidents is always heartbreaking news, but it is especially tragic to hear when the deceased was very young and had much life to live ahead of him. However, when we hear of such accidents, it is also important that we examine the accident itself and reflect on what we as a community of drivers can do differently to prevent such accidents and how we can set an example to reinforce safe driving behaviors for others.

The Pantagraph reported on a semi-truck trailer collision that took the life of a Danvers man. The accident occurred just east of the intersection of Illinois 9 and Illinois 122, south of Danvers. The deceased was driving eastbound on Illinois 9 when he crossed over the center line and into the path of a semitruck. The deceased man from Danvers died from “multiple blunt injuries” from this accident. The collision is still under investigation by local authorities.

This accident exemplifies how imperative it is that we practice safe driving every time we get behind the wheel. Not only does careful driving prevent accidents and injuries to others, but it keeps us as drivers safe as well. As you can see from this truck accident and others that we have blogged about before, such accidents are extremely dangerous for those involved due to the extreme size difference between trucks and passenger motor vehicles. If we practice safe driving by being vigilant to the road and vehicles around us, not excessively speeding, and avoiding distractions and driving while fatigued, many accidents could be prevented.
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There are many actions that drivers take that put others’ lives in the way of danger. Unfortunately, such negligent actions, like speeding or driving recklessly in poor conditions, leads to motor vehicle accidents, serious personal injuries, and death. That’s why we find it important to examine these driving behaviors in our blogs in hopes to spread the importance of safe driving that prevents accidents.

According to a report by JG-TC.com, an Eastern Illinois University student died in a truck accident on Interstate 57. She was a passenger in a pickup truck in the accident that occurred near Mattoon. The driver was also a student from EIU and required hospitalization. The pair had gone to Effingham for dinner and was returning from their outing when the accident took place near the U.S. Route 45 interchange. The pickup truck was northbound, went off the road, and then overturned at the bottom of an embankment. The driver was ejected from the truck, and the passenger was partially ejected. Neither of the students was wearing a seatbelt, and the driver was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Wearing a seat belt can both prevent serious injuries and save lives. When people wear seat belts, the injuries they sustain are most often of much less severity than that which they would suffer without a seat belt. Consider the accident described above. The purpose of a seat belt is to restrain the individual in the seat of the vehicle, especially upon collision. A collision jolts someone out of their seat at a high force, but a seat belt absorbs that jolt and keeps you in place. Had the individuals in this accident been wearing their seat belts, they very well may not have been ejected from the truck.
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It’s in the news all too often and needs to come to an end. Drivers are often getting behind the wheel with too little sleep or staying behind the wheel for too many hours straight. This is dangerous because it leads drivers to lose focus from the road and even fall asleep behind the wheel. These actions can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries or even fatalities.

These accidents are preventable too. A driver should never get behind the wheel when they are too tired to drive. It is too often that commercial drivers face pressure from their employers to drive too many hours in a row to complete a job, which leads them to driving while too tired and even falling asleep. It is also too common that non-commercial drivers act negligently and choose to drive when they are too tired too. When an accident occurs because of their fatigue, they have breached their legal duty. All driver have a legal duty to drive safely and not be the cause of an accident or injuries to others when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Despite widespread efforts to educate the public on the dangers, another report of an Illinois accident caused by drowsy driving was once again in the news. According to an article by The Southern, drowsy driving was the cause of a recent Illinois truck accident. A man from Pickneyville was injured in a one-vehicle accident. He was driving his pickup truck in the early evening on Illinois 142 when he fell asleep behind the wheel and crossed over the center line. His truck then left the roadway and struck an embankment. Police cited him for improper lane usage and failure to wear a seat belt.
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