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Driving while impaired continues to be a significant traffic danger.  While, traditionally, this impaired driving typically involved drunk driving, increasingly the impairment is being caused by drug use.  The impairment caused by this drug use can be increased if there is mixed drug use and/or the drug use is combined with drinking alcohol.

Drug use that has led to car accidents has caused many serious injuries as well as fatalities in the Chicago area.  Drug-impaired driving and the dangers presented is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

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There was a fatal Morton Grove pedestrian accident on Friday (January 4, 2019) evening.  This fatal Morton Grove pedestrian accident was a “hit & run” accident, i.e. an accident in which the driver fled the accident scene.

This fatal “hit & run” accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the January 5, 2019 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Elderly Man Out For Nightly Walk Killed In Morton Grove Hit-And Run Friday” as well as the January 5 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “$10,000 reward offered in fatal Morton Grove hit-and-run…

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Driving while impaired by drugs is a growing traffic safety problem.  As seen in many Chicago-area crashes these “drugged driver” crashes often result in serious accident injuries.  The subject of “drugged driving” and the serious accident injuries that often result from these crashes is further discussed on the “Cook County Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  As discussed on that page, marijuana continues to be one of the most common drugs used by drivers who then drive while impaired.  If this cannabis use is combined with alcohol usage, the resulting impairment is often magnified.

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There was a fatal pedestrian accident Thursday (December 27, 2018) evening in Niles.  The fatal crash was at first considered to be a “hit & run” accident in which the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian fled the accident scene.  However, the subsequent accident investigation determined that the driver did not leave the accident scene.

According to police, first responders were called to the accident scene, which was at the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and Betty Terrace, at approximately 6:24 p.m.  It was determined that a vehicle struck a man as the man was attempting to cross the street from east to west.

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Crosswalks are supposed to provide a method of safe passage for pedestrians and other users such as joggers and bicyclists.  However, as seen in many serious accidents summarized on this site, even if a pedestrian or other user is lawfully using a crosswalk they can be hit by a vehicle.  As is often the case in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents, when a person is hit by a vehicle a range of serious injuries can occur, with many injuries resulting in life-threatening conditions.

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There was a fatal Des Plaines pedestrian accident early Saturday (December 15, 2018) morning.  The accident occurred along Touhy Avenue.

First responders went to the accident scene beginning at approximately 5:51 a.m.  The accident scene was in the 200 block of East Touhy Avenue.  This Des Plaines pedestrian accident occurred as a woman was attempting to walk across the street.

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“Wrong-Way Driver” accidents continue to happen in the Chicago area, as well as throughout Illinois and nationally.  Due to the severity of these accidents, there have been various actions taken to try to reduce or eliminate such crashes.  Among those actions taken is to post “Wrong Way” signs to alert potential drivers they are traveling in the wrong direction.

As seen in the crashes discussed in posts that are found in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category, this type of crash is problematical for many reasons.  Typically such crashes lead to serious accident injuries to vehicle occupants, and fatalities often occur at the accident scene or shortly after such a crash.

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Drug-impaired driving has been a growing problem both locally (in the Chicago area) as well as nationally.   Impaired drivers have been involved in many local accidents which have resulted in serious accident injuries as well as fatalities.

The subject of driving under the influence of drugs and its increasing frequency is further discussed on the “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  As discussed on that page, there are many reasons as to why drug use causes significant – if not substantial – driver impairment.  Drug-impaired driving is common in fatal traffic accidents.

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A driver fled the scene of an accident on Chicago’s South Side early Thursday (November 15, 2018) morning.  The accident led to the deaths of two men.

The fatal crash happened at approximately 1:04 a.m. in the 7100 block of South State Street as a Ford Fusion was exiting the Dan Ryan Expressway.

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