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Rollover accidents are especially problematical as they typically lead to serious injuries, including those to the neck and spinal cord, as well as head trauma.  As well, many rollover accidents lead to fatalities.  One of the reasons that rollover accident injuries are serious, if not life-threatening, is the force with which rollovers occur.  This is because rollover accidents are more prone to happen when certain factors are present, including higher speeds.  Due to the physics involved, ejections (when a vehicle occupant is fully or partially thrown from the vehicle) often happen during rollover accidents, as those who aren’t wearing seat belts are especially vulnerable.

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There was a fatal accident in which a jogger was fatally struck by a SUV Wednesday morning (July 20, 2016) in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.  The SUV rolled over during the accident.

According to Chicago Police, Dr. Gary Toback was jogging and was hit by a Jeep in the 6700 block of South Bennett Avenue at approximately 6:40 a.m.  The accident happened after the driver lost control of the SUV.  The SUV rolled over and landed near West 67th Street and South Jeffery Avenue.

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There was a fatal crash early Tuesday morning (July 19, 2016) on Route 53 in Rolling Meadows.  The crash involved a “wrong-way” driver.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) a preliminary investigation indicates that the crash happened at approximately 4:10 a.m. on Route 53 near Euclid Avenue.  At that time, a driver of a 2014 Toyota, who was driving southbound in the northbound lanes, struck a 2010 Chevrolet in a “head-on” collision.  The Toyota then continued driving in the wrong direction and crashed “head-on” with a 2006 Toyota van that was a taxi.

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There was a bicycle accident on Friday morning (July 15, 2016) in which a man riding a bicycle was struck by a Metra train crossing at Dempster Street and Lehigh Avenue in Morton Grove.

The accident involved a 53-year-old man being “lightly” struck by the northbound train at approximately 9:05 a.m.

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Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is often heard as a reason for or contributing factor to car and other vehicle crashes.  However, intoxication by drugs or by inhaling chemicals (sniffing or “huffing”) are other ways in which one can become intoxicated before driving.   The list of drugs that drivers have used before crashing is extensive, and includes marijuana, cocaine, heroin and various hallucinogens.

Sometimes, drivers can be intoxicated on both alcohol and drugs.  Driving while intoxicated on drugs has caused many crashes, including some recent notable fatal accidents in the Chicago area as well as nationally.

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One of the hazards involved in riding a bicycle in an urban setting is that of the potential for bicycling “dooring” accidents.  These types of accidents have been discussed on this site multiple times, including in the May 27, 2014 post titled “Chicago Dooring Accidents” as well as the November 23, 2013 post titled “Preventing Bicycle ‘Dooring Accidents’.”

Bicyclists who have been involved in a “dooring accident” can be injured in a number of ways.  By their nature, “dooring accidents” are traumatic, as basically the bicyclist is colliding – at possibly significant speeds – with a fixed object.  As such, there is a potential for serious accident injuries.

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There was a fatal bicycle accident Friday morning (July 1, 2016) in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.  The accident involved a woman bicyclist (later identified as Virginia Murray, 25, of Chicago) being fatally struck by a flatbed truck.

According to Chicago Police, a preliminary investigation indicates that the accident happened at approximately 9:00 a.m., as the truck and bicyclist were both traveling northbound on Sacramento.  As both the truck and bicyclist attempted to turn east onto Belmont Avenue, the truck struck – and one prominent media source indicates ran over – the bicyclist.

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As discussed on this site, there have been many types of bicycle accidents that have happened in Chicago and elsewhere within the Chicago metropolitan area.  There are many reason for these bicycle accidents, with some appearing to be the fault of the motorist, and some being the fault of the bicyclist.  Some of these bicycle accidents have proven to be fatal.

There was a bicycle accident on Monday (June 27, 2016) in Arlington Heights in which a female bicyclist suffered accident injuries which appeared to be non-life-threatening in nature.  The accident appears to be what some would call a “left-hook” bicycle accident.

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A driver died following a crash on Friday (June 24, 2016) in Niles.  The crash happened at Dempster Road at Harlem Avenue.

According to Niles Police, the accident happened at approximately 2:12 p.m. on Friday after which a man was driving at a high speed while suffering from “some type of medical distress.”  The man’s SUV (a Chevrolet Tahoe) first jumped a curb in the 7200 block of Dempster Avenue, then it rear-ended a semi truck.  A “chain-reaction crash” then occurred, with multiple vehicles being hit.

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