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Some large cars fail to achieve safety honors

Some large cars popular among Illinois drivers have received accolades for their high levels of safety, but other high-profile models did not. The Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Avalon sedans were praised with the Top Safety Pick Plus label by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the auto safety arm of the car insurance industry.

1 dead in interstate car crash

On April 30, a car accident that took place on an Illinois highway left one person dead and several others with serious injuries. The crash took place on Interstate 94 and Buckley Road at about 11:49 a.m. It caused the eastbound lanes to be closed for about three hours.

Driving defensively to prevent distracted driving crashes

Although many Illinois drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, some still actively use their smartphones while they are operating their vehicles. In fact, there are studies available that suggest that distracted driving may be more dangerous than drunk driving. As such, it is important that drivers do everything they can to protect themselves and others against distracted driving.

Personal injury and self-driving vehicles

Attorneys and those interested in personal injury matters in Illinois have plenty to speculate about as self-driving cars continue to move further from theory and closer to reality. Data and personal experiences from driverless prototype vehicles have revealed many possibilities when it comes to the impact that autonomous cars might have on personal injury claims.

NSC figures reveal disturbing rise in traffic accident fatalities

Motor vehicle accident fatalities around the country have reached levels not seen in almost a decade according to data released on Feb. 15 by the National Traffic Council. The group reports that 40,200 road users, including many in Illinois, lost their lives in 2016, which represents a 6 percent increase over the 2015 fatality figures and a worrying 14 percent increase over the number killed in 2014. The last time more than 40,000 Americans died on the nation's roads was in 2007.

Rural Illinois highways prone to serious car crashes

Intoxication, speeding and distracted driving contribute significantly to motor vehicle injuries and fatalities in Illinois according to anecdotes from state police and local law enforcement and firefighters. Distractions include cell phones, radios and food. One trooper reported that a driver eating fast food rear-ended his patrol car. Distractions also lead to serious accidents, and authorities have noticed an increase in crashes on Highway 158, where five people have died in four months on the road between Belleville and Columbia.

Car accidents caused by the Snapchat speed filter

In Illinois and other states, the Snapchat speed filter has become a popular feature, but it is dangerous when people use it while driving. A woman who writes for the blog Safer America believes that it has no real purpose except to video a person accelerating to extreme speeds that may cause a car accident and feels it should be removed.

States that are most unsafe for drivers

Illinois motorists who are planning on traveling to visit family and friends over the Christmas holidays may be interested in reading about the 10 most dangerous states in which to drive. While the amount of traffic fatalities is declining, car accidents still pose a serious problem, especially in some states.

Can self-driving cars really reduce accidents?

According to a recent report by McKinsey & Co., the adoption of self-driving vehicles is projected to prevent 90 percent of all car accidents in the United States. However, a large question remains regarding how autonomous vehicles should make decisions when faced with a potential accident: should the self-driving car prioritize the safety of the car's passengers or that of pedestrians and other drivers on the road?

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