Icy Road Conditions Cause Many DuPage County Crashes

There were a number of vehicle crashes Thursday (April 19, 2018) morning in DuPage County.   Icy road conditions contributed to or caused these crashes.  Some of the crashes happened on Route 83.  In some of these accidents people were injured and required hospitalization.

Sleet, rain, and snow, as well as cold temperatures, contributed to the slippery road conditions.  In some cases roadways had to be salted before safe travel could be resumed.

Numerous types of crashes and loss of vehicle control accidents occurred, including collisions and “slide-offs.”

The crashes and injuries are discussed in a variety of media sources, including the April 19, 2018 The Doings article titled “Three taken to hospital after ice causes crashes on Route 83 between Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills” as well as the  April 19 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Slick Road Conditions Across Chicago Area Make for Dangerous Commute.”

The Doings article discusses various crashes, including those involving one vehicle getting “rear-ended” by another.

Another type of crash is discussed in the NBC Chicago article.  An excerpt:

Two crashes occurred on the Cermak Bridge, according to police, who said they shut down the bridge because of icy conditions.

After 6 a.m., a car flipped over the Cermak Bridge guardrail at Gardner Road, officials said, landing below.

Of the people that were injured, it appears as if all of the injuries were non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these DuPage County crashes caused by icy road conditions can be seen in a variety of sources, including those mentioned above.

St. Charles Vehicle Collision Involving Police Car And SUV

There was a vehicle collision between a St. Charles Police car and a Ford Explorer SUV on Tuesday (April 17, 2018) night.  The collision injured both the police officer as well as the driver of the Ford Explorer.

The crash is discussed in various media sources.  An excerpt from the Kane County Connects post of April 19, 2018, titled “Driver Charged After Crashing SUV Into St. Charles Police Car, Injuring Officer.”  An excerpt regarding the collision:

According to a city of St. Charles news release, the St. Charles officer was on patrol, driving south on Kirk Road at around 11:03 p.m. Tuesday (April 17, 2018), when he saw a Ford Explorer SUV driving north at a high rate of speed.

The officer turned around at Stern Avenue and went north, activating his emergency overhead lights. As the officer’s police car approached the intersection with Ohio Avenue, the driver of the Explorer turned left, eastbound, in front of the squad car, which was traveling through the intersection with the green light.

Both the police officer as well as the driver of the Explorer were taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.  The injuries were considered to be non-life threatening in nature.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) conducted the accident investigation with assistance from the St. Charles Police Department.

According to the Kane County Chronicle, in an April 18 article titled “Vehicle collision occurs between driver, St. Charles police officer” the driver of the Ford Explorer was identified as  Eugenio Hernandez, 38, of West Chicago.

Hernandez was charged with driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s license, Failure to Yield while turning left at an intersection, and Failure to Yield to an emergency vehicle.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this St. Charles collision causing injuries can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two sources mentioned above.

Rollover Crash In Bartlett Leads To Two Fatalities And Five Injured

There was a fatal SUV rollover crash Sunday afternoon in Bartlett.

The accident happened as a Ford Escape SUV was traveling westbound on Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) near the westbound ramp from Route 59.  For a currently undetermined reason, the driver lost control of the SUV.

The SUV then rolled over and left the roadway, and then hit a fence and utility pole.

As seen in an accident scene video, the SUV was badly damaged in the rollover crash.

Seven people were in the SUV at the time of the crash.  Two of those people died in the crash.  They were identified as the driver of the SUV, Darion Garner, 25, of Streamwood, as well as Latasha Lawson, 31, of Streamwood.

The other five passengers were taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, as well as St. Alexius Medical Center for treatment of their accident injuries.  Their injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

This fatal Bartlett rollover accident remains under investigation by the Bartlett Police Department as well as the Major Case Assistance Team’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 9, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “Authorities identify 3 killed in Bartlett crashes Sunday” as well as the April 8 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “2 Dead, 5 Injured in Bartlett Rollover Crash, Police Say.”

Additional discussion of rollover accidents is seen on the “DuPage County Vehicle Rollover Accidents” page.  As seen on that page there are many reasons as to why this type of accident often leads to serious, and in some cases, fatal accident injuries.  Although rollover accidents can be caused by many different reasons, there are common reasons why a vehicle is prone to roll over during an accident.

Fatal Collision In Bartlett After One Car Crossed The Center Line

There have been many Illinois accidents in which one vehicle crossed the center line and collides with an oncoming vehicle.  Often, these types of crashes are “head-on collisions.”  As discussed on the “DuPage County Accidents Involving ‘Head-On Collisions’” page, such collisions often result in vehicle occupants being seriously injured, and in many cases occupants are fatally injured.   As discussed on the page, there are many reasons why a vehicle might cross the center line.

Vehicle occupants are especially vulnerable to being seriously injured if they are not wearing seat belts at the time of such a frontal collision.

There was a fatal crash Sunday (April 8, 2018) in Bartlett in which one car crossed the center line at which point it struck an oncoming vehicle.

The crash happened at approximately 10:40 a.m., on Route 59 between Auburn Lane and Santa Fe.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the April 8, 2018 Chicago Tribune article titled “3 killed in 2 car crashes in Bartlett, official say“:

Katheryn Wirsing, 49, of Winfield, died in the first crash that occurred at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. Wirsing was driving a Ford Fiesta north on Route 59 when the car crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming Subaru WRX near Auburn Lane, Bartlett police said.

Katheryn Wirsing was pronounced dead after being taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.

The driver of the Subura was taken to Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield for treatment of accident injuries.

Additional details regarding DuPage County accidents in which a vehicle crossed the center line can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Characteristics And Trends Of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a substantial traffic safety issue.  As seen in many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents, these accidents often lead to those who have been hit by a vehicle to be critically injured.  In many cases these injuries have led to the death of the pedestrian.

In the last few days there have been fatal crashes in both Beach Park and in Aurora.   In both instances the pedestrian died at the accident scene from accident injuries.

On this site, DuPage County pedestrian accidents are summarized in posts found under the “DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” category.  Additionally, various aspects of such crashes – including both legal and medical steps to take if you have been hit by a vehicle – are discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From DuPage County Pedestrian Accidents” page.

On March 24 The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Pedestrian Peril in the Digital Age.”  The article discusses various aspects of pedestrian accidents, as well as pedestrian safety issues associated with autonomous (i.e. “self-driving”) cars.

An excerpt from the article, citing figures from the Governors Highway Safety Administration:

The association estimates pedestrian fatalities rose 27% from 2007 to 2016, a period during which the broader traffic-fatality number was mostly falling. Overall fatalities, however, have been rising as well in recent years as drivers deal with increasing distractions in the cabin of their cars and Americans put more miles on their vehicles amid a strong economy and low gasoline prices.

Another aspect is what effect “drugged drivers” have with regard to traffic safety.  Another excerpt from the article:

In traffic accidents in which fatally injured drivers were tested for drugs, the detection rate was 43% in 2015, compared with 28% in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Additional details with regard to these various aspects of pedestrian accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

“Distracted Driving” Mentioned As Top Traffic Safety Threat

“Distracted driving” remains one of the foremost threats to traffic safety.  While there are many behaviors that can lead to a driver being sufficiently distracted to the point of not being able to safely drive, texting and other cellphone usage remains the most problematical.  It is common to see drivers in DuPage County and the broader Chicago area to be texting or otherwise distracted while driving.

Various aspects of “distracted driving” – including how often it happens, why it is dangerous, and relevant Illinois laws – are discussed on the “Distracted Driving” page.

An excerpt from that page:

Texting while driving is particularly hazardous, for a number of reasons.  One reason is that texting while driving distractions are frequent and protracted in nature.  According to the CDC, texting is one distraction that takes the driver’s attention away from driving on a more frequent basis – and for longer periods – than other distractions.

Additionally, texting appears to be particularly prevalent among younger drivers.  In another 2011 study, the CDC found that “nearly half of all U.S. high school students aged 16 years or older text or email while driving.”

On March 29, 2018 the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety released survey results from the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index regarding distracted driving.  The survey shows that distracted driving was the most popular response of growing traffic safety dangers.

An excerpt from the “Distraction Tops Drivers’ List of Growing Dangers on the Road” post:

Drivers in the AAA survey believe the problem of distracted driving has increased over the past three years, with nearly 50 percent reporting that they regularly see drivers emailing or texting while driving. Counterintuitively, federal estimates show the number of distracted driving crashes has actually dropped two percent. This may be due to the fact that it is difficult to detect distraction following a crash which makes distracted driving one of the most underreported traffic safety issues. According to government estimates, distraction plays a factor in just 14 percent of all crashes. However, past AAA Foundation research looking into teen drivers (one of the most vulnerable driving populations), used in-vehicle dash-cam videos to determine that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of crashes, 44 percent more than federal estimates.

The AAA post also mentions tips to help drivers from becoming “distracted” while driving.

Additional information concerning the dangers of driver distraction can be seen in the sources mentioned above.