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IL accident lawyerIt is fairly common to be cruising along an Illinois highway, going a few miles per hour over the speed limit, only to be passed by an out of control, fast-moving vehicle. Despite posted speed limit signs, many Illinois drivers significantly pick up their speed as soon as they hit the highway. Without frequent stop signs or signals to keep them at bay, these drivers can weave in and out of lanes as they seemingly glide past the other cars on the road. These speedy drivers often feel on top of the world, only to find themselves the cause of a life-threatening accident an instant later. Despite a promising six percent drop in speeding-related deaths in 2018, a total of 9,378 people still lost their lives to this driving hazard, many of which were victims of other drivers’ speeding tendencies.

A September Speeding Accident

This past September, a six-vehicle crash left one person dead and at least three others injured on I-294. According to an ABC7 report, a Chevy Impala was allegedly driving at a high speed in the southbound lane when it lost control and swiped a car in the next lane over. The Impala then went airborne over the highway barrier, striking three other cars in the process. One of the injured passengers—a 64-year-old woman driving a Honda CRV—died after being transported to a nearby hospital, and four others suffered both major and minor injuries.

What Are the Consequences of Speeding?

According to data retrieved by the National Safety Council, those between the ages of 15 and 20 years old have the highest percentage of speeding drivers in fatal crashes, with males showing a higher tendency to speed. Because younger drivers have less driving experience and a higher tendency to speed, they are the ones who often experience these consequences first-hand. Driving over the speed limit is considered breaking the law, and depending on how fast the driver was moving among other circumstances, their penalties can range from a minor ticket to time behind bars. Aside from the legal repercussions that speeding drivers can face, there are a number of consequences that driving at high speeds can have on the driver and those around them, including the following:

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IL accident lawyerStudies from the National Safety Council (NSC) have reported some surprising news regarding car accidents. Fatalities from motor vehicle collisions increased 11 percent in the first quarter of the year in Illinois despite the fact that was when stay-at-home orders went into effect due to COVID-19. Although some restrictions have been lifted, many people are still working from home so the roads are significantly less congested than they typically would be during the summer months. Unfortunately, many drivers are taking to these open roads with a blatant disregard for traffic laws. Reckless driving has been a major concern for safety experts since the statistics show a jump in serious injuries and fatalities.

Dangerous Driving Behaviors

There are many actions behind the wheel that can be cause for concern. Negligent driving behavior seems to have increased on the empty roads. The reason for this may be the fact that motorists have a false sense of safety or security since there is not much traffic on the streets today. They might think that it is OK to speed or that law enforcement is busy with other duties and not out patrolling the somewhat deserted highways.

Distracted driving may also be a contributing factor to the rise in vehicle fatalities during the pandemic. Since there are fewer cars on the road, motorists may believe that it is safe to text while driving. However, even glancing at a phone for a few seconds greatly reduces a driver’s reaction time, which could result in a rear-end collision if a car ahead suddenly stops and he or she cannot stop in time. In other cases, a driver may simply be worried or concerned if a family member is sick with the virus, which can contribute to distracted driving.

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