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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.

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. 

Tax Day study shows increase in fatal accidents

A study was recently done by a team of researchers that analyzed data from the fatal car crashes on Tax Day for the past 30 years. Results from this showed that the number of fatal car crashes is higher on Tax Day than any other day of the month.

Researchers shows that the number of crashes on this day over the 30 year period is at 6,783. When averaged out per tax day, this total out till 226 per Tax Day, compared to other days of the month when the average was found to be 213.

Officials in the study think that this could be because people are under stress because of the day and more human error occurs. Officials also stated that the reckless driving may also be because people are racing to the post office to meet the deadline.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of negligent driver, you need representation on your side that may be able to help you determine seek the compensation you deserve. Contact the Danville car accident lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343.

Girl in critical condition after three-car accident

A 5-year-old girl remains in critical condition after the car she was riding in was struck at a Champaign intersection on Monday morning.

According to police officials, the accident occurred at the intersection of Fourth Street and University Avenue when a 20-year-old driver struck an SUV. The impact of this crash caused the SUV to flip and roll into a third vehicle before coming to stop.

The 20 year-old female driver along with the two children riding in the SUV were transported to the hospital to be treated. The driver and a 2-year-old child were later released. No citations have been given at this time.

Car accidents can cause serious injury to all involved. Our thoughts are with the young child during her recovery.

Two injured after Champaign car accident

Two people were injured as a result of a car accident on South Staley Road in Champaign.

According to a local news source, the accident occurred as an 86-year-old man was backing out of his private driveway and he failed to see an oncoming truck. The 51-year-old truck driver attempted to swerve out of the way of the car, but the 86-year-old still collided into him.

The collision caused the truck to be pushed into oncoming traffic where he was struck by a northbound car. The 86-year-old driver and 51-year-old driver were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in order to be treated. The driver of the third vehicle was uninjured.

Car accidents can cause serious injury to all involved. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact the Danville car accident lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343.

Federal officials announce that more Listeria illnesses may be seen

At this time, there have been up to 16 deaths and 72 illnesses from the Listeria contamination associated with the cantaloupes from Jenson Farms.

There have been reports of the contamination in 18 different states, which has made this the worst food-borne illness in over a decade. Officials with the Center of Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration have said that if a person has cantaloupe and does not know where it is from , it should not be eaten.

A Commissioner with the FDA stated that the number of illness reports is expected to rise because the incubation period of the Listeria contamination can be up to a month. The last shipment of recalled cantaloupes was shipped on Sept. 10 and they have a shelf life of nearly two weeks.

If you or a loved one has become ill after consuming a defective food product, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Danville car accident lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343.

Woman involved in accident with officer receives conditional discharge

A woman involved in an accident with a police officer plead guilty to two different offenses and was sentenced to six months of condition discharge.

The incident occurred in January when the woman struck the rear-end of a cop car that caused his vehicle to hit another stopped squad car.

The collision was at the intersection of East University Avenue at 11 p.m. Both officers were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in order to be treated for their minor injuries.  The woman plead guilty to texting while driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Her sentencing also includes her paying $1,000 in restitution.

If you or a loved one has been injured after being in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the car accident lawyers in Danville of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343.

Manteno man fights for stop signs at intersection

A Manteno man is fighting to have a 4-way stop sign installed at an intersection near his home because multiple accidents have occurred here over time.

The most recent crash involved his neighbor’s daughter and it was the last straw for him. The man has lived near the intersection of Third and Walnut for  15 years and many accidents have occurred while he lived there.

A 15-year-old was extricated from the car as a result of the accident and hospitalized for a fractured pelvis. Four other people were injured in the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the car accident lawyers Danville of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343.

Two drivers injured in head-on collision

This Wednesday, two drivers were injured in a car accident in Vermilion County.  According to the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred at 8:38 P.M. when one of the drivers, for an unknown reason, crossed over the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle.

The 76-year old driver was traveling northbound on Illinois 1 near County Road 550 N when he crossed over and struck a vehicle with a 21-year old driver.  Both drivers were reported to be from Ridge Farm.

The drivers were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for unspecified injuries.  Both men were listed as being in fair condition the next morning.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Danville car accident lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to learn more about how we can help you.

School bus carrying children involved in accident

A school bus that was carrying eight children was involved in an accident outside of Urbana Middle School.

According to police, the accident was between a school bus, a car and a minivan. It began as the school bus driver attempted to pass a car, but struck and pushed it forward. The bus then went around the car and struck a minivan two or three times.

When police arrived at the scene, the school bus driver had no explanation for what caused the accident. The driver of the first car was sent to the hospital where he was treated and released, but no children were injured. The school bus driver was charged with failure to reduce speed in order to avoid an accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the car accident lawyers Danville of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.