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Illinois vehicle seizure law seeks to discourage drunk driving

According to FOX 32 News in Chicago, the sheriff’s department in Will County is using an Illinois state law to seize the vehicles of people arrested multiple times while driving under the influence. An Article 36 seizure allows law enforcement to confiscate the vehicle of a driver arrested for DUI while driving on a revoked or suspended license from a prior DUI conviction. Several of these … [Read more...]

Illinois state law mandates that motor vehicles stop for pedestrians, but drivers in and around Chicago don’t do it. The research to support this finding comes from Active Transportation Alliance, an automobile-alterative advocacy organization. The study suggests that two main reasons for driver non-compliance are ignorance and lack of law enforcement. Drivers need cues  The state law … [Read more...]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently made the regulation official: in the next two years, electronic stability control systems will be required as standard equipment for all tractor trailer trucks in Illinois and across the country. ESC helps vehicles avoid rollovers and crashes in dangerous situations by keeping it traveling in one direction, and by reducing engine speed. … [Read more...]

With the Illinois Department of Transportation reporting 285,477 crashes on Illinois roadways in 2013, state motorists are increasingly seeking new methods of improving safety behind the wheel. Among the more popular innovations in recent years are driver assistance systems. A car accident lawyer in Champaign knows these are advanced technological devices designed to reduce one’s likelihood of a … [Read more...]

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, a total of 9,739 tractor-trailer involved crashes occurred on state roadways in 2012. These crashes accounted for 3.6 percent of all crashes that year and caused the deaths of 94 individuals. While tractor-trailer drivers accounted for nine of those deaths, the remaining 85 tractor trailer-involved fatalities were those of passengers of other … [Read more...]

According to WAND TV, Illinois has seen some encouraging numbers in recent years regarding the number of motorcycle accident fatalities on state roadways. While motorcycle fatalities fell by almost thirty percent in 2014 compared to the year prior, warmer temps and sunnier skies mean state motorcyclists are again taking to the road in droves. With more motorcyclists revving their engines on … [Read more...]

Commercial truck drivers in Illinois who knowingly break the rules may soon face harsher penalties for their careless actions. The Quad-City Times reports that the Illinois House recently approved legislation to stiffen punishments against truck drivers responsible for the serious injuries or deaths of emergency responders or toll workers, among others. If approved, the new legislation would … [Read more...]

The onset of spring brings trees into leaf, flowers into bloom and critters, children and wet gravel into the roadways. Spring driving conditions in Illinois can be unexpectedly hazardous due to environmental and social conditions alike. A personal injury DuPage lawyer knows that small animals, both pets and wildlife, present a danger to springtime drivers. Other seasonal hazards include wet roads … [Read more...]

According to the Chicago Tribune, a major thoroughfare in Gurnee, Illinois was closed for four hours while law enforcement investigated a multi-car crash that sent six people to the hospital. An investigation of such an accident is complex. Law enforcement’s aim is to construct a report that states, as accurately as possible, how it happened, who or what may have caused it, and why the accident … [Read more...]

Legislation and law enforcement are struggling to keep up with the growing problem of driver distraction as cell phones become more common. According to Distraction.gov, there were approximately 421,000 distraction-related injury accidents. In response to these alarming numbers, the federal government has banned the use of hand held electronic devices for every commercial vehicle operator on the … [Read more...]