A double-decker bus was headed from Chicago to St. Louis yesterday when it struck a bridge support. The bus crash killed one woman and injured at least 33 others. According to the Illinois State Police, a tire blew out on the bus shortly before it went off the road and struck the bridge support on Interstate 55. While the full investigation will not be completed for some time, there have been no reports of driver error as of yet.
A train derailment occurred at a bridge on the Glenview-Northbrook border last Wednesday. The fatal railroad accident has drawn attention to the safety standards and oversight of thousands of bridges in Illinois and across the nation. While the Illinois Department of Transportation is responsible for the condition of most bridges, oversight of railroad bridges is left to the railroad companies, themselves.
Wisconsin drivers are about to get a reminder about the dangers of driving drunk and riding in a car without a seat belt. The statewide campaign known as "Booze and Belts" will last until December 17th and is intended to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to car and truck accidents. Police departments all over the state have been cracking down on people who do not wear their seat belts in connection with the nationwide Click it or Ticket campaign. Now the state is further stepping up efforts to arrest and convict drivers for not buckling up.
When the first snow falls, it can seem as if every driver around you has never driven in winter conditions before. The drivers who spent all summer risking serious motor vehicle accidents by tailgating, speeding and driving distractedly do not seem to realize that the danger has heightened. Some drivers behave as if their SUVs are unaffected by ice. Others drive act as if they are surrounded by land mines, ready to explode if they make the slightest movement. The increased congestion and reduced control inevitably lead to collisions, injuries and fatalities.
Many young men suffer from a feeling of invincibility that leads to poor choices behind the wheel. The problem may be exacerbated for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans are substantially more likely than non-veterans to be involved in a fatal car accident. Government leaders are attempting to address this serious problem which has life and death implications for veterans and for everyone who shares the roads with them.
This post is the final in a series of posts on the four most common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
This post is the third in a series of posts on the four most common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
On August 16, 2011, two days after the tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse, we called on the Indiana State Government to accept its share of responsibility for this tragedy, immediately set up a $5,000,000 damages fund for the victims, and introduce legislation repealing the unfair $5 million damages cap that applies under Indiana law. We are happy to note that the Indiana State Government is showing signs that it will step up and do the right thing.
This post is the second in a series of posts on the four most common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
This post is the first in a series of posts on the four most common factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents.