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There was a fatal Northfield pedestrian accident Saturday (April 13, 2019) evening in Northfield.  This fatal Northfield pedestrian accident occurred in the 1700 block of Orchard Lane.

Details on the accident appear somewhat limited at this time.  The circumstances of the accident do not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

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Fatal pedestrian accidents have been occurring more frequently, both in Illinois as well as nationally.  Many Chicago-area fatal pedestrian accidents have been summarized on this site in posts found under the “Pedestrian Accidents” category.  Additionally, various aspects of pedestrian accidents – including steps to take if you are hit by a vehicle – is discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.

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When a vehicle runs a red light, there is the potential for a serious accident occurring due to this act of negligence or recklessness.  In Chicago, there have been many crashes that have occurred when a driver fails to stop at a red light.  One such accident occurred early Friday (April 5, 2019) morning in Roscoe Village.  In this crash, a car allegedly ran a red light and crashed into a Chicago Police SUV.  The crash is discussed in the CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Drunk Driver Smashes Into Chicago Police Cruiser In Roscoe Village.”  In this crash, three people (including two police officers) were injured and hospitalized.  As can be seen in the accident video, the collision, in which the car strikes (“T-bones”) the side of the SUV, is very forceful and partially lifts the SUV off of the ground.

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There has been a fatal Tri-State Tollway crash near Libertyville.  This fatal Tri-State Tollway crash involves a “wrong-way” driver. The person killed was an Illinois State Police (ISP) Trooper identified as Gerald Ellis, 36.

At the time of the crash Ellis was driving home as his shift had ended. The crash happened early this morning (March 30, 2019) at approximately 3:25 a.m. on eastbound I-94 near mile post 16.75 in Green Oaks.

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Drivers who travel in the wrong direction, commonly referred to as “wrong-way drivers,” continue to be a substantial traffic safety problem both locally as well as nationally.  On this site, many of the crashes that involve “wrong-way drivers” that have occurred in the Chicago area as well as throughout Illinois are discussed in posts in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.  As seen in those posts, this type of crash is problematical for many reasons.  Typically these crashes lead to serious accident injuries to vehicle occupants, and fatalities often occur either immediately or a short time after the collision.

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Pedestrian accidents continue to be a significant traffic safety concern as such accidents often led to serious accident injuries.  While there are a broad range of accident injuries that can result when a person is hit by a vehicle, among common injuries are broken bones, chest trauma, and head injuries, including concussions.  Further discussion of pedestrian accidents – including what should be done from a medical and legal perspective if one is hit by a vehicle – can be found on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.

As seen in numerous Chicago area pedestrian accidents that have been summarized on this site, pedestrian accidents are often highly physically traumatic, and the injuries that occur are often life-threatening in nature.

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“Confusing intersections” and overly complicated roadway designs are a traffic safety concern as they often lead to accidents with injuries.  In the Chicago area there are many intersections which are considered due to various reasons to be “dangerous intersections” or intersections in which accidents frequently occur.  A broad range of accident types can occur, including “T-bone crashes”, “rear-end collisions,” pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.  Often, a history of frequent accidents will lead to changes in the design of the roadways and intersections to reduce the possibility of additional accidents.

On this site various areas in which accidents causing injuries frequently occur have been discussed.

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