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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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The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a news release (“Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds to Create Hazardous Conditions Tonight and Super Bowl Sunday”) on January 31, 2015 regarding expected hazardous road conditions caused by high anticipated snowfall, including blizzard conditions.  While heavy snowfall is expected throughout Illinois, the highest level of snow should fall in Chicago and the Chicago area.

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There was a three-car crash on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive Saturday evening, January 24, 2015.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 10:50 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Lake Shore Drive.

The accident happened as a Jeep Liberty, heading northbound, “sideswiped” two other vehicles and then struck a traffic signal pole.

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There was a fatal Chicago pedestrian accident Saturday night (January 17, 2015) in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood (Northwest Side.)  Two men died as a result of this pedestrian accident, which was a hit & run.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 10:10 p.m. in the 4300 block of West North Avenue.  At that time, a 2002 Buick hit two men who were walking across the street.

After the pedestrian accident, the driver allegedly drove away from the accident scene, but crashed into parked vehicles three blocks away.

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There was a Chicago bicycle accident Wednesday (January 7, 2015) that involved a bicyclist getting struck by a pickup truck and then being pinned beneath the truck.  The collision happened as the pickup truck was making a turn.

The accident is described in the CBS Chicago article of January 7, 2015 titled “Good Samaritan Rescues Bicyclist Pinned Under Truck.”

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There was a Chicago bicycle accident involving a hit & run from which the bicyclist later died in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

According to Chicago Police, Aimer Robledo was bicycling in the 4700 block of West Division around 2:40 a.m., when he was struck by a dark-colored minivan that then fled the accident scene.

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