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Teen Driver Safety Tips

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes remain the number one leading cause of death for teenagers. Due to this, the week of October 20-26, 2019 is being dedicated as National Teen Driver Safety Week to raise awareness about safe teen driving and to continue seeking solutions to prevent teen injuries and fatalities on the roadway. Getting involved with this week can include starting conversations about safe driving behaviors and sharing safety messages with others- the most optimal way of changing behavior is to encourage positive action.

Statistics reveal that many lives could be saved each year if every driver and passenger in motor vehicles wore a seatbelt, followed the speed limit, and never got behind the wheel impaired. Knowing the appropriate traffic laws can enable teens to practice safe driving methods, which is what this week aims to accomplish. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal crashes and has been involved in one-third of all vehicle crash fatalities for more than two decades. This reckless behavior increases the likelihood of injury or death, especially for new and inexperienced drivers, such as teens.

It is encouraged that parents assign their own speed management house rules for their newly licensed teens, which can include slowing down in heavy traffic, in inclement weather, in road construction, and in the event of other hazards. It is important to remind teens that state speeding laws are applicaple only in optimal driving conditions and that they should reduce their speed in certain situations, regardless of the speed limit. Teens must gradually learn the ability to manage their speed based on road conditions and other factors, which will be a useful skill throughout their lives.

Additionally, teens are at an increased risk of distracted driving and families are encouraged to help manage this dangerous risk. Distracted driving inhibits teens’ abilities to react in potential crashes since they are inexperienced. It is recommended for parents to model safe driving behaviors for their teens to adopt when they are on the roadways by themselves, which includes limiting the number of peer passengers, not talking or texting on a cell phone, not changing the dashboard controls, eating or engaging in other activities while driving. A major crash risk for teens stems from having peer passengers in the vehicle, which makes them less attentive and focused. This fact should prompt parents to limit the number of peer passengers allowed in the vehicle with their teen drivers.

Within the Danville community, Danville Highschool’s Future Problem Solvers have continued to promote road safety through their “Project Ignition: Be the Key to Road Safety.” Spiros Law, P.C. has sponsored their initiative of placing signs at different locations throughout Danville that remind drivers of important road safety behaviors. Spiros Law, P.C. is proud to be involved with the group’s efforts to promote safe driving. Unfortunately, however, car crashes continue to occur every day at high rates, resulting in devasting damages to individuals and families. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motor vehicle crash due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are readily available to assist you in your legal matters and handle each case with the compassion and attention it deserves. Contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 443-4343 to receive a free consultation.


Crash Closes Illinois Route 1

Around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, four motor vehicles were involved in a crash near Georgetown, IL, which unfortunately resulted in the fatality of one of the drivers, and a few days later his passenger. A 29-year-old Danville man was identified by Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden as having passed away due to the crash. The passenger in the same car was a 9-year-old Danville boy who was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, unfortunately he passed away in the hospital a few days later due to his injuries.

The vehicle collision occurred at about 7:47 a.m. on Illinois Route 1 at Vermilion County Road 900 North, which is between Georgetown and Westville. The individuals of the crash included: The 29-year-old Danville man who was driving a red Ford Focus; a 40-year-old Oakwood male, driving a red Toyota Camry; a 59-year-old Covington male, driving a black GMC Sierra; and a 20-year-old Georgetown man, driving a silver Chevrolet Equinox. The preliminary crash investigation revealed that the Ford, Toyota and GMC were all traveling south on Illinois Route 1, while the Chevy was heading north. According to reports, the Ford hit the GMC from the rear, and then crossed over into the northbound lanes, striking the Chevy head-on.

All drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts, but the drivers of the Toyota and Chevy were then taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Route 1 was then closed to traffic for a few hours while police and emergency personnel attended to the victims, cleared the scene, and conducted an investigation, while motorists were requested to take alternative routes.

Unfortunate events such as this are reminders to the importance of safe and non-distracted driving. Taking extra precautions and obeying all traffic laws can help to ensure safety, but there is still a chance of being involved in a vehicle crash. Being involved in a car crash can often lead to a great amount of pain and suffering, whether physically or emotionally. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash and suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are ready to guide you through this difficult process and aid you in your legal dealings. Contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 443-4343 to receive a free consultation.


Tips for Child Passenger Safety Week

This year, the week of September 15-21 is being recognized as Child Passenger Safety Week to raise awareness and bring attention to the topic. Many child passenger injuries are a result of improper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. In 2017, one child under the age of 13 was involved in a passenger vehicle crash every 32 seconds, making the need for child passenger safety even more prevalent. To help alleviate this issue, the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Ad Council have launched a series of public service ads that advertise the urgency of protecting a child’s future at each stage of their life, including in vehicles. The primary goal of these ads is to inform parents and caregivers of the correct car seat for every child’s age, height and weight, as well as making sure they are using them correctly.

During Child Passenger Safety Week in September, various communities across the country will be hosting verified Child Passenger Safety Technicians to provide free instruction on the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children of all ages. In addition, these technicians will be offering their services to educate parents and caregivers on how to choose the right car seat for their child, how to correctly install it and use it every time. Apart from that, they will also be discussing the importance of registering the car seat with the manufacturer and the steps one should take if their child’s car seat is recalled. The end of Child Passenger Safety Week will be concluding with National Seat Check Saturday on September 21.

Unfortunately, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children between ages 1 and 13, which makes raising awareness about the proper uses of car seats important to all, especially parents and caregivers. Between 2013 and 2017, 3,313 children under the age of 13 were involved in a fatal vehicle crash. In 2017, over 35% of children under 13 that were killed in a passenger vehicle crash were not restrained in either a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. These statistics point to the importance of restraining your child in some sort of car seat if they are under the age of 13. Most parents have confidence in their installation of their child’s car seat, but in over 59% of these cases, the seat belt for the car seat was not correctly installed. It has been proven that car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a vehicle crash by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. However, the mistake is often made of moving a child from a car seat to a booster seat when they are not yet at the correct age, height or weight.

It is recommended that parents carefully read and follow car seat installation instructions, for failure to do so can lead to exposing the child passenger to risk of injury or death should a crash occur. A few car seat recommendations for choosing the right option for your child include:

  • Rear-facing car seats should be used on children under the age of one.
  • Forward-facing car seats should be used once children have outgrown the rear-facing one.
  • A child should be moved to a booster seat once they have reached the maximum height or weight allowed for a car seat
  • A child should only be moved to using just a seat belt once they have outgrown the booster seat

Information about the correct type of passenger safety measures for your child and learning how to install and use it correctly can only help to reduce the number of child passenger vehicle injuries that families suffer each year. However, even when you are being cautious and taking the appropriate steps to secure your child in a vehicle, injuries as a result of a car crash can still occur. If your child has suffered an injury due to a vehicular crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Call one of our compassionate attorneys today at (217) 443-4343 to receive a free consultation and to help you through this difficult matter.


Be the Key to Road Safety With National Stop on Red Week

The month of August not only brings warm weather and the beginning of the school year, but it also marks National Stop on Red Week. August 4th through the 10th aims to promote the importance of stopping at stop signs and traffic lights. It is imperative to educate yourself and those around you on these topics in order to keep the community of Danville as safe as possible. Failing to stop at stop signs and traffic lights will not only conclude in a traffic violation or fine but it could cause serious injuries or even death.

Traffic safety saves lives. That is why National Stop on Red Week is so important. It shows us that being a safe driver is no joke and should be taken very seriously.
Because safe driving can help save lives, Danville High School students were inspired to promote safe driving tips for their Future Problem Solvers competition project. Future Problem Solvers is an international competition program that challenges students to use a six-step problem-solving method to find topics of concerns in their community. They spend time doing extensive research on a cause then develop an action plan to improve the situation they chose. These students chose to research traffic safety in honor of their late class mate D’Nija Parker. They named this project “Be the Key to Road Safety”. They competed in an international competition against 75 other teams from around the world. The team’s project received an impressive award; 3rd place in the world.

Through the team’s research, they came across what they call the “Fatal Four”. These are the four things that statistically are most fatal when driving:

  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Speeding
  • Using electronic devices
  • Driving while impaired

Our team asks you to help us spread the word and educate those around you about road safety and the importance of stopping at traffic lights and stop signs. Help Spiros Law promote road safety by looking out for the road signs that have been placed in five different locations across Danville. The Future Problem Solvers team designed these signs in honor of their project and their beloved classmate D’Nija. The group hopes that these driver safety signs will impact driver decisions and create safer roads not only for Danville but all across the state of Illinois.

In their research, they found that 94% of all traffic accidents are due to driver decisions or human error. Meaning that it is nearly impossible to control the actions of other people on the road. If you or a loved one find yourself victim to a reckless driver or one who has failed to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, call a Spiros Law attorney at (217) 443-4343. Our team is dedicated to getting you the compensation you are entitled too for your injuries and suffering. Our team is able to step in and mediate with the insurance companies and can help make sure that your bills are taken care of. Let us take the weight off your back so you can focus on a full recovery.


Multi-Vehicle Accident on Illinois Indiana Border

A multi-vehicle accident that occurred in the westbound lanes of the Interstate at the four-mile marker around 3:15 p.m over the weekend, resulted in serious injury. The crash was caused by a semi-truck that failed to slow down and subsequently hit several vehicles from behind. The collision created a chain reaction involving three passenger vehicles and one other semi-truck. The Vermillion County Sheriff Deputies were on attending to an unrelated vehicle fire nearby so they were quick to arrive at the scene. After investigation, it was reported that the driver of the semi, Daniel Alvarez, 53, of Peoria, Illinois, failed to slow down as the traffic ahead of him slowed and started coming to a stop which caused him to collide with a car driven by Kaleb Acuna, 18 of State Line, Indiana. The semi, driven by Alvarez, then struck a pickup truck driven by Jeremy Ramage, 44, of Union, Kentucky as well as an SUV driven by Patricia Campbell, 60, of Indianapolis. After striking Campbell’s SUV, it hit another semi driven by Kathy McCarthy, 59, of Edgewater, Florida.

The collision also resulted in some fuel leakage so the Perrysville Fire and Rescue were called to the scene.  Numerous other emergency personnel were also called to the scene for assistance, including units from Vermillion County as well as Fountain, and Warren County.

According to the Vermillion County  Sheriff’, the crash involved two semi-trucks and four other vehicles.  A third semi-truck avoided adding to the collision by sliding off the highway. It was also reported that one of the drivers and two passengers, a juvenile and an infant, were taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. Some of the other passengers also sustained injuries, including some who were able to be treated on the scene.

Indiana State Police were called to the scene to reconstruct the accident, and it remains under investigation.

It is awful when these types of incidences, that could have been avoided, occur. At Spiros Law P.C., we are committed to working to help get justice for the people who are the victims in these, all too common, situations. We champion on your behalf and fight for you so you can focus on what important, your recovery. If you or a loved one is a victim of an accident involving a large truck, the truck accident attorneys of Spiros Law are ready to fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. To speak with one of our attorneys, contact our offices at (217) 443-4343.


Danville Resident Tragically Killed In Semi Collision

I-74 is a common daily commute for many in the Danville community. As we all know, a long stretch of this drive is under construction between Bloomington and Peoria. Traffic is slowed in tight quarters often times creating dangerous road conditions. That is exactly what happened earlier this week when a crash ended with a tragic death.

A fatal accident involving two semi-trucks occurred along the construction zone on I-74. This accident took place right by milepost 117 in Woodford County. A semi-trailer had broken down while traveling eastbound on I-74. A second semi, driven by Jeffery Bryant, 48, attempted to pass the broken down semi thinking they had enough room. However, Bryant’s semi struck the other, causing a fire, resulting in the fatality. Traffic lanes on both the westbound and eastbound sides were closed while emergency crews responded to the incident. Traffic was stopped for hours. Police authorities are still investigating what lead to the collision of the two semi-trucks.

Taking extra precautions when driving around semi-trucks is imperative. Leave plenty of space between you and the truck near you. Semi-trucks have air breaks which means the room that they leave is needed to slow the truck down. Never cut directly in front of a truck. When you do this, you are invading the space the driver needs to slow the truck successfully.

Never drive directly next to the trailer. It not only blocks your view of the road but you may be riding right in the trucks blind spot which can be dangerous for both parties involved. If the truck blows a tire, you may be directly in the line of fire if the tire were to exit the truck. If the tire were to hit your car it may cause you to lose control and run off the road.

Never drive directly behind a truck. Many do not realize, but when you do this the driver cannot see you. It not only blocks your entire view of the road, but it makes the chances of running into the rear end of the trailer much greater.

Most importantly, pay extra attention. There are numerous distractions that we can fall victim too while driving. It is imperative to eliminate distractions such as cellphones, loud music, other passengers, or drowsiness. Make sure you are alert and properly prepared to drive whenever you get behind the wheel of an automobile.

In order to stay as safe as possible around trucks, we can keep all of these things in mind but unfortunately, it is impossible to control the actions of others. One small move can lead to a disastrous situation. If you or a loved one have been put in harms’ way because of the reckless actions of a semi-truck driver call a Spiros Law attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering, medical bills, or lost wages. Let our attorneys fight for the justice you deserve. If you have been involved in a crash and have questions about your situation, call our office at (217) 443-4343 for a free consultation.


July Brings New Changes to Distracted Driving Penalty

July 1st marks the inauguration of new distracted driving enforcements. Illinois state representatives and law enforcement officials are tightening the reigns on the citations given when a driver is in violation of distracted driving laws. Using a cellphone while driving is prohibited in the state of Illinois however, just a warning will no longer be issued on the first offense. A moving violation will be given along with a fine of $75. For every offense following the fine will increase as follows, 2nd offense $100, 3rd offense $125, and $150 for all future offenses. This law is not only limited to cellphones but will apply to all electronic communication devices. These new rules are being put into place to help us prevent fatal automobile collisions by eliminating distractions and focusing on the road at all times.

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from driving. With about 1,000 reported accidents, 9 people die each day from distracted drivers.

What are the types of distracted driving?

There are three main types. Visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual, includes anything that could cause you to take your eyes off of the road. Manual, meaning anything that would cause you to take your hands off the steering wheel. Cognitive, anything that would cause your mind to drift. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. When you send or read a text message you are taking your eyes off the road for about five seconds. This is the same amount of time it takes to cover the length of a football field if you are traveling at 55 MPH. It is important to assume responsibility for our actions and implement preventative measures into our daily routines that can help protect ourselves and others. Installing hands-free devices or placing your cellphone out of arms reach will both reduce distractions and make the roads safer for everyone.

Who is the most at risk?

Teenage drivers under the age of twenty are the most at risk. This age group has the highest percentage of distraction-related fatal collisions.  In a study, 42% of high school drivers, who had reported driving in the past 30 days, reported sending a text or email while driving. Those who have reported texting while driving are more likely to drive without wearing a seatbelt, more likely to ride with a driver who has been drinking, and more likely to drink and drive. These are the types of situations these new laws aim to abolish. In the past year, Illinois law enforcement officials issued 15,150 distracted driving violations.

Distracted driving is a dangerous activity and should not be taken light-heartedly. We must hold ourselves accountable but unfortunately, we cannot always be responsible for the actions of others. If you or a loved one have fallen victim to an accident due to distracted driving you may be eligible for compensation from the responsible party to help with your injuries, property damages, and emotional and physical suffering. Call a Spiros Law attorney in our Danville office at (217) 443-4343 to explore your options.


National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) has named the month of April National Distracted Driving Awareness month, focusing on distracted driving awareness. As we know, distracted driving is a big issue today as individuals are using technology now more than ever. In fact, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In order to bring awareness to the topic, the NSC has started the #JustDrive campaign, demanding that drivers put down all of their distractions, and just drive.

The State of Illinois is putting a focus on a particular law this month called “Scott’s Law”. The law mandates that when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, drivers are to proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way by making a lane change. If a lane change is impossible, drivers must reduce the speed of the vehicle significantly and maintain a safe speed.

Unfortunately, because the amount of distracted drivers on the road has increased, many drivers are too distracted to notice emergency vehicles on the side of the road. As a result, 19 state troopers throughout the United States have been hit during traffic stops already this year. This number includes four troopers in Illinois, all of which were killed as a result of being struck.

Illinois State Police Officers are not taking these violations lightly, as nearly 1,000 tickets have been given to drivers not following Scott’s Law from the middle of March to the beginning of April. In comparison, during this time last year, only 55 tickets were given out during the same time period. Fines are not being taken lightly either, as violating Scott’s Law can currently result in a fine of up to $10,000, and that fine may be even more expensive in the near future. A second House Bill, sponsored by Rep. John Cabello would make jail time a possibility for first-time violators, even if no one was harmed. Drivers who cause death would have their license revoked permanently.

If you are driving on the interstate and see a vehicle on the shoulder of the road, slow down, signal, and move over. It is also important to note that you should make room for other drivers to move over if possible. Scott’s Law is not an option, it is mandatory. When driving on the interstate, rid yourself of distractions, pay attention, and make space for vehicles that are pulled over on the side of the road. If you fail to do so, you could be subjected to hefty fines, or even worse, be responsible for taking an individuals life.

If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle driven by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation to assist you with your physical injuries, property damage, and emotional suffering. The experienced attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have extensive knowledge and drive and will work diligently to get you the highest compensation possible for your case. Contact the pedestrian accident attorneys of Spiros Law at (217) 328-2828 to discuss your situation today.


How Can We Improve Road Safety?

Car accidents occur every day throughout the United States. Unfortunately, these accidents claim hundreds of Americans lives each year. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in the state of Illinois there were 964 fatal accidents and 1,050 fatalities throughout 2018. The good news, however, is that this number decreased by 39 from 2017, and this is the first time the number has decreased since 2014. Vermilion County specifically had 10 fatalities, which was 6 fewer than the previous year. We have definitely made progress but we still have a ways to go.

As we start a new year, we must make it a goal to make the roadways a safer place for drivers and passengers across the United States. As drivers, it is our responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe on the roads. The following are some of the most important things to remember while driving.

  • Keep your attention on driving the entire time you are behind the wheel. No distractions.
  • Drive defensively; Be aware of what other drivers next to you are doing, and expect the unexpected.
  • ALWAYS wear your seatbelt and drive sober and drug-free.
  • Follow the rules and regulations of the road by obaying the speed limit and putting your phone away while driving.

In order to ensure that the roadways in Illinois will be safer this year, the state is implementing new transportation-related laws that will take place in 2019. The following laws will be put in place throughout 2019.

  • Tougher texting and driving penalties: Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things that a driver can do, yet many drivers continue to do it. In order to combat this, drivers that are caught texting will be issued a moving violation that will go on their record. If a driver has three moving violations in a 12-month period, their license will be suspended. This law begins on July 1, 2019.
  • Children under two must ride rear-facing: Parents will now be required to follow this rule, or else they will be fined anywhere from $75 to $200 dollars. Children more than 40 pounds are exempt.
  • “Dutch Reach” method is now part of the curriculum: “The Dutch Reach” method will be added to Illinois’ Rules of the Road manual. This method requires drivers to open their doors with their hand farthest from the door when parallel parking. It is believed that this method reminds drivers to look for cyclists before opening their door, helping them avoid a “dooring” crash.

Too many fatal accidents occur due to avoidable instances. In order to make our roadways safe, all drivers on the road must stay focused, cautious, and informed. Making sure you are paying attention to your own driving while also paying attention to the actions of other drivers around you is key in avoiding accidents. With that said, we can only control our own actions, and at times, accidents are completely unavoidable. Innocent victims should not have to suffer because of the irresponsible behaviors of others. If you or a loved one have been a victim in a car accident, the Danville auto accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your case today.


Head-on Collision on Illinois 1 near Bismarck

A head-on collision occurred on Illinois 1, south of Vermilion County Road 2820 N, which is about a mile northwest of Bismark, at 7:45 a.m. on Friday morning. One person was killed, and a second was injured. A 47-year-old man was headed south when his car veered into the northbound lane, hitting another car head-on. His car then flipped and caught on fire. The driver of this vehicle died at the scene. The Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden, who performed an autopsy Saturday, identified the driver as James D. Callahan, 47, of Hoopeston. 

The northbound vehicle that was struck came to a stop in the middle of the road. The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt. There has been no more information released about the driver of this vehicle. 

The accident caused Route 1 to be closed for several hours on Friday. The Illinois State Police and the Vermillion County Coroner’s office are investigating the accident. 

When car accidents like this one occur, it can be extremely devastating for all parties involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident as a result of someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation in order to help you deal with your injuries, property damages, emotional and/or physical suffering. The dedicated team of attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. will fight hard on your behalf in order to get you the compensation you deserve while providing you peace-of-mind during your difficult time. 

Contact the car accident attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to speak about your unique situation today.