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Drivers that are impaired by drug use is becoming far more common.  Many accidents – some which have led to fatal injuries – have occurred in the Chicago area in which the driver was driving while drug-impaired.  Many other non-fatal accident injuries of a serious nature have occurred because of driver impairment due to drug use.

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There was a fatal “hit & run” accident in which a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in Skokie on Monday (March 5, 2018) evening.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Kilpatrick Avenue.

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Pedestrian accidents continue to occur at notably high levels.  These accidents often involve the person who has been hit by a vehicle suffering serious injuries.  In many cases, treatment of these injuries require hospitalization that may be extensive, as well as a range of other types of medical care.  As seen in the Chicago pedestrian accidents that are summarized on this site, many pedestrian accident injuries can be life-threatening in nature, and a significant percentage result in fatal injuries.

One worrisome aspect of pedestrian accidents is those that occur while the person is walking in a crosswalk.  On this site, many such instances have been discussed.  One post that discusses the issue of how safe is it to walk in a crosswalk is discussed in the December 18, 2017 post titled “Safety Concerns Posed By People Attempting To Walk In Crosswalks.”

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There are various types of car accidents that tend to typically lead to serious, if not life-threatening, injuries.  Among these types of vehicle accidents that frequently cause serious harm are “head-on collisions.”  These crashes typically cause vehicle occupants to be subject to a very high degree of force, and these great forces cause a substantial degree of physical trauma.  Various aspects of “head-on collisions” are further discussed on the “‘Head-On Collisions’ In Cook County” page.

There was a fatal car crash early Tuesday (March 6, 2018) morning in Berwyn.  According to Berwyn Police the accident involved a car crossing the center line and colliding with another car in a “head-on collision.”

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As discussed often on this site, bicycle accidents often lead to serious, if not life-threatening injuries to those who have been hit by a vehicle while riding their bicycle.  Due to the fact that there on a bicycle is no structural impact protection like that provided by a vehicle, the force of the impact is often directly transmitted to the bicyclist.  The impact often causes a wide range of injuries, with some being fatal in nature.  Many Chicago bicycle accidents have been summarized on this site.

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Pedestrian accidents remain a substantial traffic safety issue, both in the Chicago area as well as nationally.  Various statistics show that pedestrian accidents are at historically high, if not record high, levels.  Many of these pedestrian accidents result in the death of the pedestrian.

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Bicycle accidents have been extensively discussed on this site due to both their increased frequency as well as the serious accident injuries that are typically associated with them.  Many of these injuries are life-threatening in nature, and some have led to fatalities.

Chicago bicycling accidents have led to many types of injuries.  Various aspects of bicycle accidents, including what to do if you are injured in a bicycle accident, are discussed on the “Chicago Bicycle Accidents” and “Chicago Bicycle Accident Injuries” pages.

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Motor-vehicle deaths and the national trends is discussed in the February 16, 2018 Wall Street Journal article titled “U.S. Road-Death Rates Remain Near 10-Year High.”   The article discusses trends in fatal vehicle accidents, as well as technologies that are utilized to improve driving safety.

Reasons for this high level of fatal accidents are discussed.  As well, it is noted that “vulnerable” road users – which include motorcyclists and pedestrians – saw a disproportionate increase in accidents that resulted in fatalities.

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There was a fatal pedestrian accident Wednesday (February 14, 2018) in Park Ridge.  The woman was hit by a car as she was attempting to walk south across Potter Road near Farrell Avenue.

According to Park Ridge Police, the accident happened at approximately 6:15 p.m.  Details on how the accident occurred appear limited at this time; however, Park Ridge Police say the woman was not walking in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

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