Rockford Register Star Online recently released a report detailing a new safety study that will be implemented by the Illinois Department of Transportation. According to the news article, the Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct a study which will evaluate whether or not safety upgrades are necessary for the notable dangerous intersection of U.S. 20 and Mill Road in Illinois. With the hazardous intersection accounting for well over 34 accidents within the past three years, those of which have ultimately resulted in six injuries and one fatality, the study aims at implementing new safety measures such as lower speed limits, as well as, additional types of traffic signals.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys read that this study developed as a result of a written petition that was created by residents of Cherry Valley, Illinois. The petition was signed by more than 1,000 residents who pleaded with the Illinois Department of Transportation to implement the study. In the petition, the residents encouraged the agency to adopt a reduced speed limit of 50 mph, as well as, installing a large “Prepare to Stop When Flashing” sign with yellow lights right before the intersection at U.S. 20. Currently, the intersection is controlled by four-way stoplights and yellow strobes which alert eastbound and westbound traffic.
The news report reveals that the Illinois Department of Transportation had conducted a previous research a number of years ago in early 1990 as the result of a devastating school bus accident that transpired at the intersection. The bus accident injured several school-children and the subsequent safety study of the intersection resulted in major renovations of the intersection. Unfortunately, many Cherry Valley residents insist that despite previous renovations, additional renovations must be made to the intersections in order to make it even safer.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Illinois Highway Statistics Sheet that was completed in 2010, there are roughly over 8.80 million licensed drivers in the state of Illinois traveling approximately 57,995 million miles per year; it is easy to see how accidents can often easily transpire on our busy roadways. Current Illinois accident statistics reveal that as of December 31, 2011, there was an estimated 829 fatal traffic accidents which resulted in over 911 fatalities. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or have lost a loved one in an Illinois trucking accident, please contact our Illinois truck accident attorneys to see what legal rights may be available to you.