Car-Deer Collisions And Tips On How To Avoid Them

On this site, many types of traffic hazards have been discussed.  The “DuPage County Road Hazards” page discusses the topic, and additional posts have also discussed road hazards that have occurred in DuPage County.  These road hazards have the potential to cause accidents as well as various types of accident injuries.

Another type of road hazard that occurs is that presented by deer in the roadway or crossing the roadway.  While this driving risk can happen at any time, the risk of hitting a deer while driving is higher during certain times of the year, as well as during certain times of the day and night.

The Naperville Patch article of October 21, 2016 (“Oh Deer!  Risk of Hitting Deer While Driving Up From Last Year“) highlights statistics from State Farm regarding the frequency of such collisions in Illinois.  Tips for avoiding these types of collisions are also provided.

Additionally, the Forest Preserve of DuPage County provided information on the topic a few years ago.  This information was summarized in the November 2, 2011 post titled “Elevated Risk Of Deer-Vehicle Collisions In Autumn.”

Additional details can be seen in the two sources mentioned above.

Road Hazard Causes Route 53 Accident Injury In Elk Grove Village

Road hazards continue to be a significant cause of car accidents and car accident injuries.  These road hazards can take many different forms, and can include such things as deteriorated road surfaces (including substantial potholes and major ruts) as well as ice on the roadway.  Other types of road hazards include items that fall off of other vehicles, such as objects falling off of trucks that then hit vehicles traveling behind the truck.

Another form of road hazard is when tires or wheels fall of one vehicle, which then strike another vehicle.  Loose tires and wheels can present a substantial danger to motorists, as they can roll at high speeds, and their weight can be substantial.

A recent accident on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village highlights the dangers that a lost tire can present to other vehicles.  The accident happened on Friday evening (October 14, 2016) .

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:

A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.

The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident caused by a road hazard can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald, Arlington Cardinal, and articles mentioned above.

Motorcycle-Semi Truck Fatal Collision In Aurora, Illinois

There was a fatal motorcycle accident Wednesday morning (October 5, 2016) in Aurora.  The accident, involving a collision between a motorcycle and semi truck, happened on Aurora’s far east side, in the DuPage County portion of the city.

An excerpt from the October 5, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Naperville motorcyclist dies in Aurora crash“:

Police said Johnny R. Williams was riding his 2000 Suzuki GX6 fast south on Commons about 6:40 a.m. when he struck the rear of the trailer driven by a 49-year-old Aurora man who was turning into the post office at 3900 Gabrielle.

At the time of the accident, the semi truck was heading northbound on Commons Drive.

Williams was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was pronounced dead at 7:18 a.m.  At the time of the collision, he was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

The truck driver, a 49-year-old man from Aurora, was cited for failure to yield while turning left.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Illinois motorcycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above, as well as the Aurora Patch article of October 5 titled “Aurora Truck Driver Cited in Fatal Motorcycle Crash.”

Naperville Motorcycle Crash Involving Loss Of Motorcycle Control

There was a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon (September 19, 2016) in Naperville.   As a result of the crash, the motorcyclist was seriously injured.

According to the Naperville Police Department, the crash happened as a motorcyclist was riding northbound on Wehrli Road, heading toward Lisson Road.  At approximately 1:15 p.m., the motorcyclist, who was riding a 2003 Honda CBR,  lost control of the motorcycle.  The reason for this loss of control does not appear to be publicly available at this time.

The motorcyclist, who was identified as Victor Torres, 29, of Naperville, was taken to Edward Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  His injuries were considered to be “life-threatening” in nature.

The crash remains under investigation by the  Naperville Police Traffic Unit.

Those having information concerning the crash are asked to contact the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-420-8833.

Additional details regarding this motorcycle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the CBS Chicago article of September 20, 2016, titled “Naperville Police Investigating Serious Traffic Crash” as well as the Sepember 20 Naperville Patch article titled “Naperville Motorcyclist Fighting for His Life After Crash.”

Illinois State Police Car Collision On I-355 In Addison, Illinois

There was a collision in which a car struck a parked Illinois State Police (ISP) car early Sunday morning (August 28, 2016) on I-355 in Addison.

According to prosecutors, the collision happened on southbound I-355, north of Army Trail Road, at 12:44 a.m.

At that time – despite the police car having its emergency lights and “arrow stick” on, and being parked on the right shoulder of the expressway – the woman crashed into the parked car.

Illinois State Trooper Klecka, who was sitting in the car at the time of the crash, suffered injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The woman, identified as Natasha Mister, 31, of Maywood, was charged with several traffic offenses, including one felony count of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm.

An excerpt from the August 29, 2016 Lisle Patch article titled “Illinois State Trooper Injured When Drunk Woman Crashes Into Squad Car on I-355:  Prosecutors“:

An investigation revealed Mister had a blood alcohol content above .15.

Additional details regarding this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Lisle Patch article mentioned above, as well as the August 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman charged with DUI after crashing into state trooper.”

Woman Dies Following Bicycle Accident In Hinsdale

There was a fatal DuPage County bicycle accident Monday morning (August 22, 2016) in Hinsdale.

Details on the accident appear to be limited at this time.  The cause of the accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

According to Hinsdale Police, the accident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday, at Oak Street and Ravine Road, which is pictured below:

At that time, there was a collision between a vehicle and bicyclist.

The bicyclist, identified as Pamela French, 55, of Clarendon Hills, was taken to Hinsdale Hospital for treatment of her accident injuries.  She later died from her accident injuries.

The crash investigation is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal bicycle accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Doings article of August 23, 2016 titled “Clarendon Hills woman dies in Hinsdale crash” as well as the August 23 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Bicyclist killed in Hinsdale crash.”

Illinois Year 2016 Traffic Accident Fatalities Projected To Increase

Traffic accident fatalities in Illinois are projected to pass 1,000 this year (2016), which will be the first time since 2008 that this level will have been surpassed.

An excerpt from the August 13, 2016 The State Journal-Register article titled “Illinois traffic fatalities on pace for eight-year high in 2016“:

As of Friday, 629 people had died in vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Illinois this year, up 50 from the same period of 2015. The increase follows 998 fatalities in 2015, which was the highest number since 1,043 died in 2008. Despite the increase, fatalities remain well below pre-recession levels of more than 1,200 a year.

There are many potential reasons for this increase in those who die in Illinois traffic accidents.  The State Journal-Register article mentioned above cites a few factors, including higher speed limits on rural interstates, increased distractions, more miles being driven, and other factors.

The increase in traffic accident deaths has been increasing nationally, although those in Illinois are outpacing the national increases.  Another excerpt from the article:

The deadly toll reflects national trends, though Kolosh said fatalities in Illinois are rising faster, even as average miles driven have lagged. The council reported 38,300 deaths nationwide in 2015, up 8 percent from 2014 and the largest annual increase in 50 years.

The article also provides statistics regarding recent-era (from 2006) annual Illinois traffic fatalities, as well as results from a survey regarding driving habits.

Additional details regarding these fatal Illinois traffic accident trends can be seen in article mentioned above, as well as The Southern article of August 16 titled “Illinois traffic fatalities expected to reach 1,000 in 2016.”

Report Concerning Drowsy Driving And Its Various Characteristics

On August 8, 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) published a report concerning the impact of “drowsy driving.”  Accompanying the release of this report was a press release titled “New Report Spotlights Dangers Of Drowsy Driving.”

A few excerpts from this release include:

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Wake Up Call! Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, points out that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived Americans are driving every day. And it’s taking a toll – an estimated 5,000 lives were lost in drowsy driving-related crashes last year.


While estimates of deaths caused by drowsy drivers range from 2% to 20% of all traffic fatalities, safety officials agree that the extent of the problem is not fully known. “There are challenges associated with both measuring and combating drowsy driving,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins, who oversaw the development of the report. “Law enforcement lack protocols and training to help officers recognize drowsy driving at roadside. And if a crash occurs, the drowsy driver may not report the cause due to concerns about monetary and other penalties.”

The Huffington Post article of August 11, 2016, titled “Sleeping At The Wheel Costs The U.S. A Shocking Amount Of Lives And Money” discusses drowsy driving and highlights eight notable aspects of the full report’s findings.  Four of these aspects, which are more fully discussed in the article, include:

2. Drowsy drivers are 3.5 times more likely to crash.

4. Drowsy driving plays a role in nearly a quarter of fatal crashes.

5. After 21 hours without sleep, your driving is about as good as if your were drunk.

8. More than two in five drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel.

Of particular note is point #5 above, which is accompanied by a graphic in the article.  As explained on page 9 of the GHSA full report:

A motorist who has been awake for an extended period of time will likely experience performance deficits similar to that of someone who has been drinking. For example, a motorist who is up for a continuous 18 hours will typically exhibit performance levels similar to that of a person with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.05%. After 21 and 24 hours without sleep, performance mimics a BAC of 0.08% and 0.10%, respectively (Dawson & Reid, 1997; Arnedt et al., 2001).

The report then lists the common factors in drowsy driving crashes.

Additional details concerning drowsy driving accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

“Head-On Collision” Involving “Wrong-Way Driver” On Route 83

There was a “wrong-way driver” collision on Route 83 near Addison in the early morning hours of August 3, 2016.   This Kingery Highway crash involved a United States Postal Service (USPS) semi tractor-trailer colliding with a SUV that had crossed into an opposing traffic lane.

According to information provided by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at approximately 1:00 a.m., on Route 83 near Interstate 290.

When first responders went to the accident scene, they saw that the USPS truck and SUV had been in a “head-on” collision.  The driver of the SUV had to be extricated from his vehicle.  The extrication process took 40 minutes, after which the man was flown to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his accident injuries.  The man was in critical condition.

The driver of the USPS semi was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in good condition.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County accident involving a vehicle driving in the wrong direction can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 3, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Head-on collision between SUV, semi closes Route 83 near Addison” as well as the August 3 Daily Herald article (with video) titled “One person in critical condition after head-on collision on Route 83.”

Fatal “Head-On” Collision In Unincorporated Bensenville

There was a fatal “head-on collision” Sunday afternoon in unincorporated Bensenville.   The crash involved two cars and a pickup truck.

According to the Bensenville Fire Department, fire department personnel began traveling to the accident scene at approximately 2:00 p.m.  The accident scene was at Grand Avenue and Crown Road.

The initial accident was a “head-on collision” involving a Ford Crown Victoria and Nissan sedan.  Following the crash, a pickup truck ran into one of the vehicles.

One person in the Nissan was killed in the collision.  Seven more people were hurt in the crash, and at least three of these people were critically injured.  The seven people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.

Crash scene photos show extensive damage to at least the Crown Victoria.

Details on the reasons for this collision do not appear to be publicly available at this time.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County fatal accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 31, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article (with crash scene photo) titled “Police:  1 dead, 7 injured in unincorporated Bensenville collision” as well as the July 31 CBS Chicago article (with crash scene photo) titled “Person Killed In Crash Near Bensenville.”