Bloomingdale Car Rollover Accident At Schick Road and Gary Avenue

There was a Bloomingdale car rollover accident Sunday (October 21, 2018) afternoon.  The crash involved two vehicles, and resulted in at least one person being injured and taken to the hospital.

Details regarding this Bloomingdale car rollover accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of the two-vehicle accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to authorities, the crash happened at Schick Road and Gary Avenue.

One driver was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of accident injuries.

The accident remains under investigation, and the DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting in the investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Bloomingdale car rollover accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 21, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “At least 1 injured in Bloomingdale rollover crash” as well as the October 21 Naperville Patch article (with accident scene photos) titled “Rollover Crash Injures 2.”

As discussed on the “DuPage County Vehicle Rollover Accidents” page, while there are many reasons as to why a vehicle may roll over, there are a few common characteristics.  Among common characteristics that may increase the probability of a car rollover is excessive speed as well as if the vehicle leaves the roadway.   An excerpt from the car rollover page, with regard to the importance of wearing a seat belt:

As with any other type of crash, wearing a seatbelt is one way to reduce the possibility of experiencing serious injury.  This is especially so with rollover accidents, as one of the most adverse outcomes is if a occupant is ejected (i.e. thrown) from the vehicle.  Often, such ejections lead to serious accident injuries, if not fatalities.

Other safety measures for potentially preventing rollover crash injuries include air bags and other technologies like stability control and ABS systems.

Lisle Fatal SUV Accident Causes Severe Leg Injuries To Driver

A Lisle fatal SUV accident was summarized in the May 15, 2018 post titled “Fatal SUV Accident On Ogden Avenue In Lisle Involving Two Vehicles.”  As seen in that post, this Lisle fatal SUV accident involved one vehicle crossing the center line before it collided with another SUV.  The accident happened in the 900 block of Ogden Avenue, with one driver being declared dead at the accident scene.

As discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From Various Types Of DuPage County Accidents” page, a broad range of injuries can result depending upon the type of accident.  In “head-on collisions” such as this Lisle fatal SUV accident, accident injuries tend to be serious and possibly life-threatening due to the forces involved in frontal collisions that happen at speed.  As seen in such collisions that have happened throughout Illinois, such crashes often result in fatalities, with vehicle occupants either passing away at the accident scene or after some time following the crash.  Such crash injuries tend to be especially severe if a vehicle occupant is not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, as the unrestrained passenger is vulnerable to be ejected from the vehicle.

Additional information concerning this Liscle fatal SUV accident and the injuries it caused has become available.

As seen in the October 13, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Lisle police officers honored for saving injured driver after gruesome crash” the driver of one of the SUVs suffered a severe leg injury during the crash, and as a result his leg was bleeding profusely.  Police officers were able to reduce the rate of bleeding only after considerable effort.  As discussed in the article, various police officers involved in the rescue received awards and commendations for their efforts.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Lisle fatal SUV accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the sources mentioned above.

Leaving The Scene Of An Accident After A Downers Grove Fatal Crash

Leaving the scene of an accident occurs for various reasons.  Often, the driver is intoxicated or otherwise impaired, and doesn’t want to face the consequences associated with driving while impaired.  If the accident has caused injuries and/or death, leaving the scene of an accident – often referred to as a “hit & run” – occurs in many instances.

There was a Downers Grove fatal accident allegedly involving a driver leaving the scene of an accident on October 6, 2018.  According to police, at the time of the crash the man was speeding, and the man lost control of the vehicle.  As is often the case where a vehicle leaves the roadway, the car struck a fixed object (a tree.)

An excerpt regarding this DuPage County fatal car crash, from the Downers Grove Patch article of October 11, 2018 titled “DUI Crash Splits Car, Kills Woman In Downers Grove:  Cops“:

A Westmont man is facing felony charges after a collision in Downers Grove that left a woman dead early Saturday. Onecimo Vazquez-Valazquez, 30 , of the 300 block of Naperville Road has been charged with aggravated DUI causing death and leaving the scene of an accident in the collision that killed his passenger, Annajeane Dewey near the intersection of Fairview and 55th.

Police say Vazquez-Valazquez was driving north on Fairview at a “high rate of speed” when he tried to pass a car and lost control of the vehicle he was driving. Vazquez-Valazquez then struck a tree, which caused the car to split in half and kill Dewey on impact.

Additional details regarding this Downers Grove fatal car crash that allegedly involved the driver leaving the scene of an accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the article of October 12 titled “Westmont man charged in DUI crash that killed passenger, split car in half.”

Double-Fatal Bartlett Crash At Stearns Road And Munger Road

There was a double-fatal Bartlett crash early Tuesday morning (September 25, 2018) involving a car that crossed over into oncoming lanes.

As discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On’ Collisions” page, accidents involving a vehicle that crosses the center line often lead to a collision that involves serious accident injuries.  As seen in this double-fatal Bartlett crash, not only were two people killed because of the crash, but three other people were also injured.

According to police, this crash happened at approximately 5:50 a.m. at the intersection of Stearns Road and Munger Road.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the September 25, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “One killed, four injured in Bartlett crash“:

According to police, the crash occurred about 5:50 a.m. when a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven west on Stearns by a 23-year-old man crossed into oncoming lanes and struck a 2015 Nissan Altima and 2012 Land Rover.

Among those injured during this double-fatal Bartlett crash was the driver of the Altima, identified as Christopher Arbeen, 40, of South Elgin.  He was declared dead at the accident scene.

A passenger in the Chevrolet Cobolt, Miguel A. Flores, 23, of West Chicago, was also injured during the crash, suffering life-threatening injuries.  He was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, where he died later in the day.

The driver of the Land Rover, a 54-year-old, the driver of the Cobalt, and the 20-year-old driver of the Camaro were also injured.  Their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.  They were taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield for medical treatment.

This double-fatal Bartlett crash remains under investigation by the Bartlett Police Department and the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.

Those with information concerning this DuPage County fatal crash are asked to contact the Bartlett Police Department at (630) 837-0846.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this accident can be seen in the article mentioned above, as well as the September 26 Batavia Patch article titled “2 Dead Following 5-Vehicle Crash.”

Drug-Impaired Motorists And Their Vulnerability To Getting In Accidents

Drug-impaired motorists continues to be a growing problem with regard to traffic safety.  As discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page, various statistics indicate that the frequency of drug-impaired driving is both increasing and at worrisome levels.  In addition to these statistics, there have been many Chicago-area traffic accidents – including those in DuPage County – in which a driver is found to be impaired by drug use.  Some of these accidents have led to one or more fatalities.

The level of impairment among drug-impaired motorists can vary significantly, depending upon various factors such as the amount of drugs consumed as well as their type.  Additionally, if more than one drug is used – or alcohol is consumed near the time of the drug use – the level of impairment can be magnified.

There was an Elgin crash Sunday (September 23, 2018) after which Illinois State Troopers administered the opioid overdose antidote Narcan to the driver.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the September 24, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Troopers use opioid antidote to revive driver after Elgin crash“:

Peter Thomas Klingelhofer, 38, of Wood Dale, was driving a black Chevrolet west on interstate 290 near Mill Road when the car left the roadway and barreled into a ditch, according to Illinois State Police. Responding troopers found Klingelhofer slumped over and unresponsive in the car.

After getting inside the vehicle, the troopers gave Klingelhofer two doses of Narcan before successfully resuscitating him, state police said.

According to the Illinois State Police, Klingelhofer was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for medical treatment.

He was later arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and also charged with other traffic violations.

Additional details regarding this crash can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the September 24 Park Ridge Patch article titled “Cops Save Man Who Overdosed, Drove Into Ditch.”

Crash Near St. Charles Results In A Car Passenger Being Ejected

There was a crash near St. Charles Sunday (September 23, 2018) in which a teenage passenger was ejected from a car.  This teenager suffered life-threatening injuries.

An excerpt regarding this crash near St. Charles, from the September 23, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Elgin man flown to hospital after crash near St. Charles“:

The teen was the front-seat passenger in a Ford Escape that collided with a Dodge Caravan about 1:15 p.m. at Randall and Red Gate roads, said Pat Gengler, chief deputy and spokesman for the Kane County sheriff’s office. He was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The Ford was heading south on Randall Road when it turned east onto Red Gate Road, hitting the northbound Dodge that was also turning east, Gengler said. The Dodge had the right of way.

Among the other people injured during this crash near St. Charles was the driver of the Ford Escape, identified as a 17-year-old girl from Elgin.  She was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment of accident injuries that were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The driver of the Dodge, a 35-year-old St. Charles man, was treated at the accident scene.

The accident investigation is continuing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this crash near St. Charles can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the September 23 Batavia Patch article titled “Teen Flown To Hospital Following Crash Near St. Charles.”

[As discussed on the “Seat Belts As A DuPage County Injury Prevention Measure” page, one of the best ways to prevent a vehicle ejection and the potentially severe injuries that result from such an ejection is to wear a seat belt.]

Westbound I-88 Truck Accident Injures Man Driving SUV

There was an I-88 truck accident Tuesday (September 4, 2018) in which a man driving a SUV was injured and hospitalized.

The accident involved a semi truck that apparently “rear-ended” a SUV as both vehicles were traveling westbound on Interstate 88 at approximately 6:15 p.m.

An excerpt regarding this I-88 truck accident, from the Naperville Sun article of September 5, 2018 titled “I-88 crash sends Naperville man to the hospital;  semi driver ticketed.”  An excerpt:

Illinois State Police said the semi-truck driver clipped the rear bumper of an SUV being driven by DeeJay Singh, 46, of Naperville, who was headed west on I-88 about 6:15 p.m. The rear bumper of a red sports car was also struck.

Singh was injured and taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville for treatment of his accident injuries.

No one else was injured during this DuPage County truck accident, according to the Illinois State Police.

The truck driver was cited for improper lane usage as well as driving too fast for conditions.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this I-88 truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

There are various types of injuries that can result from one vehicle “rear-ending” another vehicle.   One of these types of injuries is commonly referred to as “whiplash,” which is further discussed on the “whiplash” page.  As discussed on that page, there are many symptoms that can result from such an injury.

Road Hazards And The Danger Presented To Illinois Motorists

The threat to safe driving presented by road hazards is discussed on the “DuPage County Road Hazards” page.  As seen on that page, road hazards can take many forms.  Among the most dangerous road hazards are those objects that hit vehicles as they drive down the expressway or other roadway.  These objects can include tires and wheels which have detached (often called “wheel separations”) from other vehicles.

Other types of road hazards can include high standing water on the roadway.  Depending on the depth of the water and other characteristics, this standing water can cause hydroplaning or other adverse impacts on vehicle handling, which can lead to a loss of vehicle control.

One of the reasons that road hazards are potentially dangerous is that they often are unexpected; as well, they can suddenly appear and as such may leave the motorist with little reaction time to successfully react to the hazard.

As well, if the motorist is driving at night or other situations with limited visibility, these road hazards can be especially problematical.

On August 30, 2018 NBC Chicago aired a video segment titled “More Than 9,000 Crashes on Illinois Roads Caused By Debris.”  The segment discusses one type of road hazard, debris that is sitting on the roadway.  If hit or run over by a vehicle, such debris can cause a range of adverse effects, including a loss of control and/or a crash.

An excerpt from the article:

Seventeen people have been killed in crashes caused by debris on Illinois roadways, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s most recent data.

From 2012 to 2016, more than 9,000 accidents have resulted in more than 1,500 people injured.

As seen in the segment, there is a wide range of items that IDOT has found on the roadway, including kitchen sinks, grills, and mattresses.

Additional details and possible updates concerning road hazards and road debris can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Fatal Villa Park Pedestrian Accident On Roosevelt Road

There was a fatal Villa Park pedestrian accident early Saturday (August 25, 2018) morning.

Details on this fatal Villa Park pedestrian accident are somewhat limited at this time.  The cause of the accident as well as its fault does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

According to the Villa Park Police Department, the accident occurred on Roosevelt Road, in the 0-100 block.  The police department was called to the accident scene at 1:39 a.m.

The pedestrian struck was a 34-year-old man.  He was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of his accident injuries.  At that time he was in critical condition.  He was later pronounced dead.

An excerpt regarding this fatal Villa Park pedestrian accident, from the August 25, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Police:  Man struck and killed by car in Villa Park“:

Villa Park Deputy Police Chief William Lyons was not immediately available for further comment on the crash, which currently is under investigation by the police department, the DuPage County Coroner’s Office and the DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Team.

Additional details concerning this fatal Villa Park pedestrian accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above.

Various aspects of pedestrian accidents including the typical injuries, the potential severity of such injuries, and “what to do” from a medical and legal standpoint if you are hit by a vehicle, are further discussed on the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page as well as the “Injuries Resulting From DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” pages.

New Illinois Distracted Driving Law Effective July 2019

Distracted driving continues to be a major traffic safety issue nationally, as well as in DuPage County and throughout Illinois.  There are many possible actions that can lead to a driver being distracted to the point where the driver is susceptible to a loss of vehicle control.   Two of the most problematical actions that frequently lead to distracted driving is the use of cell phones while driving as well as texting while driving.

A recent study, which is discussed in the April 2, 2018 post titled “‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety” indicates that such driving was seen by motorists as the top threat to traffic safety.

There are many reasons why distracted driving is such a traffic hazard and often leads to loss of vehicle control accidents.   Loss of control accidents often lead to serious injuries for both the occupants of the vehicle that has lost control as well as any other individuals involved in the crash.

Various reasons as to why distracted driving is hazardous, as well as various statistics, are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving” page.

Recently, a new Illinois law (further) addresses distracted driving.  The Daily Herald article of August 22, 2018 (“Why Illinois is making penalties for texting while driving tougher“) discusses the new law and various statistics regarding driver distraction.  An excerpt:

State Sen. Cristina Castro, an Elgin Democrat who sponsored the legislation, says penalties under the current law, which went into effect in 2014, haven’t done enough to curb motorists from using cellphones while driving. In 2017, about 9 percent of Illinois motorists were observed using electronic devices while driving, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Nationwide, distracted driving caused 3,450 deaths in 2016.

also, with regard to the new law:

The stricter penalties, which go into effect on July 1, 2019, were signed into law last week. People who illegally use handheld electronic devices while driving will be given a moving violation on the first offense instead of a nonmoving violation. Motorists who rack up three moving violations within a year can have their driver’s license suspended.

An excerpt regarding this new law and its penalties regarding distracted driving, from the August 17, 2018 Chicago Tribune article titled “New distracted driving fine, bike safety rule signed into law“:

One law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner imposes a harsher penalty on drivers caught using a phone behind the wheel without a hands-free device.

The new law, which goes into effect next July, makes the penalty $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second, $125 for a third and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense. Under current law, drivers get a warning and no fine the first time.

Additional details regarding these distracted driving issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above, as well as the August 16 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Illinois To Impose Tougher Penalty for Texting While Driving.”