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.
There was a fatal Niles pedestrian accident Sunday (March 10, 2019) night in Niles. The accident involved a vehicle striking a 61-year-old woman who was walking at the time of the accident.
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.
“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.
“Head-on collisions” are among the most serious types of vehicle accidents. As seen in many Chicago-area accidents of this type, these “head-on collisions” typically lead to vehicle occupants being seriously injured, and often fatalities result.
A bus accident occurred Wednesday (January 23, 2019) in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood. 16 people were injured during the collision that occurred between a CTA bus and car that had spun out after hitting a patch of ice. According to Chicago Police, this bus accident occurred at Chicago and Peoria.
There was a fatal car accident Monday (January 21, 2019) night in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood. One driver was killed and another driver was injured and hospitalized. This accident involved a “head-on collision” that involved a Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Altima.
According to Chicago Police, the collision occurred near 104th and Kedzie at approximately 9:00 p.m.
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.
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…”