Icy Roads Cause Multiple Fatal Car Accidents in Illinois

Several fatalities on Illinois roads have resulted from recent icy conditions. Four high school friends died when their car skidded out of control on a bridge and plunged into an icy creek in rural Illinois. Patrick O’Neil, the coroner for Will County, said that the driver probably lost control of the vehicle after hitting water …

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Toyota Settles First of Many Wrongful Death Suits

Toyota said that the company has settled the first lawsuit out of hundreds of wrongful death cases involving unintended acceleration. The agreement was reached in a case filed by the family of Charlene Jones Lloyd and Paul Van Alfen. The two were killed when the Toyota Camry they were driving ran into a wall in …

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Google’s Driverless Car May Herald Historic Shift in Auto Safety

The driverless car being developed by Google may be the most important innovation in vehicle safety since safety belts. If Google meets its goals for reduction in traffic accidents, then millions of people could be saved from injury or death and billions of dollars could be saved. Google’s driverless car technology uses sensors and cameras …

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Safety Officials Recommend Mandates for Crash-Avoidance Systems in Autos

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a new recommendation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a recommendation that the federal government require auto manufacturers to include the latest crash-avoidance technologies as standard equipment on all new automobiles, saying such a policy could cut in half the rate of fatal crashes on American …

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Injured Woman Sues Chicago Go-Kart Facility

A customer at a go-kart racetrack in Beford Park is suing the facility’s ownership and management. She claims the seat belt on the go-kart she was driving did not function properly and as a result, she sustained injuries. Kimberly Ball filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court on a recent Wednesday claiming that when she …

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Tailgater May Have Caused Van Full of Teenagers to Crash

A van with twelve teenage passengers drove off a highway exit ramp and rolled down an embankment near Gary, Indiana on a recent Thursday night. The youths were returning home from a basketball tournament in which they had competed. The driver reportedly had sped up to distance the van from a tailgater. All twelve were …

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Connected Cars, Complex Controls Distracting Drivers

Mobile technology presents an ever-increasing threat of distraction not just to the individual drivers who are tempted to use it, but to others who share the road. Car audio systems and cell phone conversations are somewhat distracting; text messaging increases the risk factor significantly. Today, even if you resist the temptation to use your cell …

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Aurora Teen Charged in Fatal Accident

A 15-year-old boy from Aurora has been charged as an adult with reckless homicide for his role in a crash that killed Devin Meadows, a sophomore at Metea Valley High School. According to prosecutors, Logan Krogman took his parents’ Chevrolet Malibu from their home on Amli Court, picked up three friends, and went for a …

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Popular Chicago Skateboarder Succumbs to Injuries in Hit-and-Run Accident

An icon in the Chicago skateboarding community died a week after being critically injured in a hit-and-run accident while skating in Bucktown. Reginald Destin, 42, was with friends at the time of the accident on an early Friday morning in October. He was skateboarding in a bicycle lane on North Milwaukee Avenue with his friend …

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