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National Teen Driver Safety Week

October  18-24 is the 13th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTSDW). This week is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to prevent teen injuries and deaths on the road. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years) in the US, and in 2015, 1,972 teen drivers were involved in fatal traffic crashes. National Teen Driver Safety Week is a week that parents are encouraged to have conversations with their teens about safety tips when behind the wheel, helping them to avoid becoming another statistic. Teens look at receiving their license as a step toward freedom, but it is important that you provide rules and regulations for them, because teen drivers are not ready to have the same level of responsibility behind the wheel as adults. Some of the most important issues to address are alcohol use, inconsistent or no seatbelt use, distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, etc.

One local group, The Future Problem Solvers Club at Danville High School, is doing a great job promoting messages to keep teens safe behind the wheel. Future Problem Solvers is an international competition program that teaches students how to use a problem-solving method that allows them to identify a local topic of concern, and then work to develop a plan of action to improve the situation. Their most recent project was called “Project Ignition”, which is focused on safe driving in the community. They are working hard researching different ways to improve road safety.

Project Ignition wants to bring attention to weather and road conditions, issues beyond the driver’s control, which are a major cause of road accidents. They recognize that issues such as texting, alcohol, and not wearing a seatbelt are huge factors in causing road accidents, but wanted to bring light to the issues that are often overlooked. To do this, the team launched their own driving safety campaign, providing tips and awareness for teen drivers all over the area.

An issue they came across during their research was Interstate 74 between the Champaign and Vermillion county lines. This stretch of interstate is surrounded by open fields, causing wind speeds to increase significantly, leading to more accidents. When drivers make contact with these high winds, they can easily lose control of their vehicles, leading to accidents. In fact, they found that this part of the interstate has more accidents and fatalities than any other part. The team is now working with city and road officials to put warning signs along this part of the interstate, in the hopes of warning drivers along this stretch of I-74. The team runs under the motto, “We are ALL the KEY to road safety”, and that is an important motto for us drivers to be reminded of. To find out more about Project Ignition, check out their Facebook page. 

Your role in keeping your teens informed about the rules of the road is vital. The following tips will allow you to help your teen avoid any accidents on the road.

  • Invest in a safe driving course.
  • Talk to them about ALL the risks that come with driving.
  • Set realistic boundaries, and stick to them.
  • Rid of any common distractions in the teen’s vehicle.
  • Most importantly, practice what you preach.

Remember to stay informed, and keep your teen drivers informed to avoid any future tragedies on the road.

3 dead and 1 hurt in Illinois head-on accident

Police in Illinois recently confirmed three people were killed and another is in critical condition after they were involved in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 158, an article of Fox 2 Now reported on December 9.

According to reports, an SUV slammed head-on into a pickup truck after it crossed the median line. The SUV driver and two passengers in the pickup were killed in the crash, while a Twitter post from Andy Banker said one person is in critical condition. Nearby residents told reports that the “S” Curve portion of the road where the accident happened was hazardous to motorists. Though police are still determining the cause of the crash, they sternly advised motorists to be more careful when traveling on Highway 158.

The wrongful death attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville understand that families often find themselves struggling after losing a loved one in a car accident. Our deepest thoughts go out to the people who were affected by the recent tragedy.

Injuries reported in Chicago vehicular crash

Several people in the southern part of Chicago, including one child, recently sustained injuries after a vehicle struck a porch, a September 13 report of Chicago 5 stated.

According to reports, a 12-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy, and two adults sustained injuries after an SUV struck a porch near the intersection of South Vincennes Avenue and West 80th Street. The Chicago Fire Department believed the girl’s condition was “very critical” as she was pinned between the vehicle and the porch. Reports revealed the vehicle initially struck two other vehicles before it ended up hitting the porch. The driver of the SUV, whose name was withheld, was also treated after he was booked by authorities.

Car accident injuries often leave innocent victims struggling with a great financial loss due to expensive treatments needed for recovery. However, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensations if negligent drivers are involved. Speak with a lawyer at Spiros Law, P.C. in Danville today by calling (217) 443-4343 to begin taking your legal action against negligent parties.

12 students hurt in Boone County school bus overturn

An accident between a school bus and a vehicle on September 7 in Boone County resulted in 12 students suffering from injuries, an article of Chicago Patch reported.

Reports said the accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Beloit and Orth roads in Belvidere. The school bus containing 35 students of Belvidere Central Middle School flipped to its side after crashing into a vehicle. The vehicle was initially stopped at a yield sign, then proceeded into the path of the bus moments before the collision took place. Parents of the students rushed to the crash scene to check on their children. Reports confirmed that 12 of the students sustained minor injuries and were brought by ambulances to hospitals.

Many children are left permanently disabled after being involved in vehicular accidents such as this one. However, if your loved one is hurt in a personal injury accident, enlisting a skilled personal injury attorney is a viable option, especially if negligent parties are liable. Discuss your situation with a Danville attorney at Spiros Law, P.C. today by calling (217) 443-4343.

Fatal roadway accidents spiked by 7.7% in 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released data showing that deadly traffic accidents increased by 7.7% in 2015. The spike means 2015 had the highest traffic death rate since 2008, a July 5 article of ccjdigital.com reported.

There were approximately 35,200 road fatalities recorded by the NHTSA last year, compared to 32,675 deaths recorded in 2014. In their analysis, the NHTSA noted that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists were among the common fatalities recorded in 2015. Compared to 2014, fatal accidents involving young drivers, large trucks, and passenger vehicle rollovers also increased. Among the 10 NHTSA regions, only region 6 (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi) did not have an increase in roadway deaths. The NHTSA is considering the 3.5 percent increase in miles traveled last year a major factor in the number of roadway deaths.

The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., understand that families in Danville whose loved ones are killed in road accidents should be entitled to financial assistance to help them recover. If you were injured in a car accident, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims against negligent parties. Call us today at (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your legal options.

Woman hospitalized after Plano bicycle accident

A woman was recently treated at Valley West Hospital after her bicycle was struck by a vehicle near the city of Plano, Illinois. According to deputies of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on April 17, as the biker traveled westbound on Frazier Road, not far from Cook Road.

The 42-year-old woman fell from the shoulder of Frazier Road into a ditch after her bike was rear-ended by a vehicle. Reports claim there were several vehicles passing in the westbound lane when the mishap occurred. A driver who witnessed the accident transported the bicyclist to the hospital in Sandwich where she received medical attention.

The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., understand that many bicycle riders sustain injuries in car accidents. If you or someone you know has suffered due to a negligent driver, we may be able to help you seek compensation for the damage done by the accident. Speak with us today at (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your options.

Public expresses concern over dangerous Chicago intersection near school

People in the Chicago area recently expressed their concern regarding an intersection near a school after pedestrians, which include grade school students, are becoming involved in accidents, an article of NBC Chicago reported on March 16.

The community wanted to have a stop sign installed at the intersection of Austin and Cornelia due to increasing accident rates. The Chicago Academy grade school reportedly is near the busy intersection. A concerned parent stated that they have seen many accidents taking place near the intersection. In a recent incident, a boy struck a parked vehicle with his bicycle after a moving vehicle apparently interrupted him. In another incident, two young girls became victims of a hit-and-run accident near the intersection on their way to school. The office of Alderman Gilbert Villegas has coordinated with the state’s Department of Transportation to address the issue.

The lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., advocate for Danville families whose loved ones are injured in accidents. If you are in such a situation, we may possibly help you get medical funds by pursuing damage claims against negligent parties. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (217) 443-4343.

American model arrested for drunk driving

American fashion model Stephanie Seymour was recently apprehended by authorities in Connecticut when she was suspected of drunk driving after crashing her vehicle. According to reports, Seymour, 47, struck a vehicle while she was reversing her vehicle along Interstate 95 on January 15.

Officers reportedly noticed several signs of intoxication when assisting the supermodel, including her bloodshot eyes a strong smell of alcohol. Police took Seymour into custody after she refused to submit to a sobriety test. No individuals were injured during the wreck, reports said. Seymour was later released from custody after she paid a bond of $500, and she is scheduled for a court appearance on February 2. Seymour faces charges of drunk driving and unsafe backing of a vehicle.

Individuals who choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming too much alcohol cause serious collisions and threaten the lives of innocent drivers on the road. At Spiros Law, P.C. in Danville, our legal team works on behalf of victims who suffered at the hands of reckless drivers to recover compensation for any injuries or damages they caused. Call us today at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your case with us today.

Illinois observes “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is focusing on preventing fatal vehicular accidents that are caused by intoxicated or distracted drivers across the state this month, an article of Advantage News reported on December 9.

In the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled over Campaign,” the state police will work to promote safety through informing the public about the risks linked to intoxicated driving from December 16 until January 1. The authorities’ main objective in the campaign is to prevent fatalities by apprehending intoxicated drivers on the road, whether they be driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Police will also extend their work hours on the road to fully monitor for impaired drivers.

The lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., understand that many families in Danville have to deal with serious financial and physical hardships after being involved in accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. Our firm works for victims to pursue compensation for their injuries and any other damages they may have suffered during accidents. Call our office today at (217) 443-4343 to find out how we may help you.

13 hurt in Wheaton school bus accident

At least twelve students and one adult were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries after a school bus accident took place near Wheaton North High School on the morning of October 30, reports stated.

Investigations revealed that the accident occurred at around 7:35 in the morning and involved three vehicles. A Honda Accord was attempting to turn left onto Geneva Road from Purnell Street when it hit a trailer being pulled by a van traveling east on Geneva. The Honda was then broadsided by the school bus as it was traveling west on the same road.

Reports indicate that the driver of the Honda along with twelve of the fifty students aboard the bus at the time of the accident were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Car accidents such as this one often result in serious injuries that require hospitalization and expensive treatments. For those who have been injured in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence, financial help may be available in the form of compensatory settlements. To discuss your case with an attorney at Spiros Law, P.C., call our office today at (217) 443-4343.