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A Cook County jury has awarded nearly $26 million to a man and his wife with regard to a taxi accident that happened on Interstate 294 (I-294) in 2005.

The man, Marc M. Jacobs, a lawyer at the time of the accident, was injured in the Augst 31, 2005 crash when the taxi that he was a passenger in crashed into a concrete barrier after the taxi driver lost control of the cab.

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In the months of March, April, and May, often (depending upon the weather) more people will become active in bicycling in Lake County.

There are many factors that bicyclists should consider, especially in the early part of the bicycling season.  Most riders have not been active bicyclists for a number of months.

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In the March 7, 2015 post, titled “Three People Dead After Chicago Pedestrian Accident,” a fatal March 6 Chicago pedestrian accident involving a truck striking Elizabeth Peralta-Luna, 30, of Chicago and her two children is summarized.  Chicago Police at the time of the accident cited the driver of the truck, identified as Zachary Barngrover, 23, of Iowa, with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk as well as making an improper left turn.

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A man faces several charges after allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian with his car Thursday afternoon (March 5, 2015) on Chicago’s West Side.

The accident happened at approximately 1:20 p.m. Thursday, as the driver, identified as Harry Clemons, 35, of Chicago, was driving a Cadillac Seville northbound in the 300 block of South Pulaski.  At that point, his car struck a pedestrian, and then hit several parked vehicles, according to Chicago Police.

The pedestrian who was struck was identified as Andrew Smith, 41, of Chicago.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Smith was pronounced dead at 1:54 p.m.

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There was a fatal pedestrian accident in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood (South Side) Friday afternoon, March 6, 2015.  Three people, including a mother and her two children, died a short time later after being struck by a semi truck.

Details regarding the cause of the accident appear somewhat limited at this time.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue.

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Accidents caused by intoxicated motorists (DUI) continues to be a problematical issue in Illinois as well as nationally.  According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 2013 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf) report, of the 895 fatal crashes in Illinois in 2013, 33.2% involved alcohol.  In addition to these fatal crashes, there were additional non-fatal crashes involving drivers who were intoxicated, involving a range of accidents between vehicles as well as those involving pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcycles.  Drinking while driving also appears to be a primary cause of “wrong-way driver” accidents.

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There are many reasons for bicycle accidents, as well as many contributing factors.  Many bicycle accidents in Chicago and otherwise throughout Illinois, as well as a discussion of bicycling safety issues and lawsuits, have been summarized in posts in the “bicycle accidents” category.

The Forbes Daily of February 25, 2015 (pdf) contains an article titled “The More Cyclists In A Country, The Fewer Fatal Crashes.”  In this article, an OECD research report is discussed which has found that if a country has more cyclists, it tends to have fewer bicyclist fatalities.

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There has been a massive “chain-reaction crash” on the Kennedy Expressway this morning, in which dozens of vehicles are reported to have been involved.  The accident happened during periods of occasionally  heavy snowfall and near-zero temperatures that combined to make slippery road conditions.

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“Wrong-way” drivers continue to pose a substantial safety risk to motorists.  This “wrong-way driving” has contributed to many accidents.  Not surprisingly, these types of accidents often result in serious accident injuries and numerous fatal accidents, as many, if not most, of these crashes are “head-on collisions” at high speeds.  These types of accidents have been discussed on this site under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.

This evening (February 3, 2015) NBC Chicago featured an investigative segment concerning “wrong-way drivers” in the Chicago area.  The segment is titled “Wrong Way Crashes Stand Out in Chicago Area” and includes an article and video as well as an interactive map showing the locations of crashes involving people driving in the wrong direction.

A couple of excerpts from the article:

An analysis of state records shows more than 50 people have been killed and nearly 300 injured as a result of wrong-way crashes in Illinois since 2005. Those records indicate there were 198 crashes on Chicago’s interstates and expressways, where wrong-way driving was listed as a primary cause, between 2005 and 2012. Information on wrong-way accidents between 2013 and the present is not readily available, however, the state now estimates approximately 10 to 15 wrong-way collisions in Illinois each year lead to fatalities and/or serious injuries.

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