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There was a car accident early Thursday morning (August 10, 2017) in Chicago near Millenium Park.  According to Chicago Police, the accident involved one vehicle “rear-ending” another vehicle.  Such collisions can cause a variety of accident injuries, as the vehicle occupants can be subject to unnatural (and possibly strong) forces.  Among those injuries that can occur is “whiplash,” which is further discussed on the “Whiplash” page.

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Bicycle accidents continue to happen in Chicago as well as the broader Chicago area.  Such accidents – which can happen for many reasons – are notable as they often lead to serious and in many cases fatal accident injuries.

On this site, many bicycle accidents have been summarized.  Two pages (“Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries”) discuss various facets of bicycle accidents, including the medical and legal issues stemming from such accidents.

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“Drugged driving” – also called drug-impaired driving – is notable in many aspects.  Such driving and resulting accidents has been increasing.  On this site, various accidents in which the driver was impaired by drugs at the time of the crash have been discussed.  These posts are found under the “DUI” category.   As well, a recent study regarding drug-impaired driving is discussed in the May 7, 2017 post titled “‘Drugged Driving’ Report.”

Another fatal Chicago traffic accident in which the driver was allegedly drug-impaired at the time of the crash happened on Sunday (July 25, 2017) in Chicago’s Archer Heights neighborhood (Southwest Side.)

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There was a fatal car accident Monday evening (July 24, 2017) on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

According to information provided by the Chicago Police Department, preliminary crash investigation findings indicate that the crash happened after a speeding car that was attempting to change lanes crossed the median and crashed into three vehicles.

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Pedestrian accidents continue to be a major traffic safety concern for many reasons.  One reason is that various statistics show such accidents to be increasing; as well, pedestrian accidents are cause for concern due to the extent of injuries – many fatal – that usually accompany such accidents.  Various aspects of pedestrian accidents are further discussed on the “Chicago Pedestrian Accidents” page.

As frequently noted on this site (and also seen in many pedestrian accident summaries) many pedestrian accidents occur while people are lawfully trying to cross the street while in a crosswalk. In order to “highlight” such crosswalks – and otherwise draw more attention to them – cities and states have tried to enact various measures.  These measures have included installing “high-visibility” street signs alerting of crosswalks.  Another measure has been to install flashing “beacons” at crosswalks.

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There was a “chain-reaction” car crash Thursday morning (July 20, 2017) on the Edens Expressway in Skokie.

While it is unclear what role – if any – heavy thunderstorms might have played in causing the crash, such storms had been present overnight and in the early morning hours.

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“Self-driving cars” (also referred to as “autonomous cars” ) have potential to significantly decrease car accidents as well as other vehicle accidents.  Many of the benefits would be through the elimination of accidents that are caused by drunk drivers, “drugged drivers,” and distracted drivers.  As well, other driver “errors” would no longer occur.

The Wall Street Journal published an article on June 26, 2017, titled “Can Auto Fatalities Go to Zero?”  The article discusses various aspects of “self-driving cars,” including the potential reduction in traffic accidents as well as when self-driving vehicles may be widely adopted.

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There was a fatal “hit & run” pedestrian accident early Sunday (June 18, 2017) morning in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, this fatal crash happened at approximately 1:30 a.m., as a man was crossing the street in the 2000 block of West Division Street.  At that time, the man was hit by a Toyota Camry that was reportedly speeding east on Division.  The driver of the Camry did not stop after the collision and fled the accident scene.

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