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.”

Naperville Truck Accident Leads To I-88 “Chain-Reaction Crash”

There was a Naperville truck accident that happened on Interstate 88 (I-88) Sunday (August 19, 2018) morning.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred at approximately 10:46 a.m. near milepost 123.  For a currently undetermined reason, a semi truck failed to slow down in time and “rear-ended” a 2009 Nissan.

A “chain-reaction crash” followed this Naperville truck accident, with the Nissan hitting a Lexus, which then hit a Chevrolet.

Among those injured because of the crash were the occupants of the Nissan.  An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured and unresponsive at the accident scene, and received CPR from a nurse who had stopped to help at the accident.  That boy was then taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for an emergency surgery and other treatment of his injuries.

The driver of the Nissan, identified as a 50-year-old Montgomery man, and a 45-year-old female passenger were also injured and taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment.

The driver and passenger of the Lexus, identified as a 52-year-old man and 54-year-old woman from Sugar Grove, were taken to Presence Mercy Hospital in Aurora for treatment of their accident injuries.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this Naperville truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the August 20, 2018 Naperville Patch article titled “Chain-Reaction Crash Involving Semi Seriously Injures Boy, 11” as well as the August 20 Daily Herald article titled “Boy injured in four-vehicle pileup on I-88.”

Three-Vehicle Crash On I-88 Near Naperville Injures Six People

There was a three-vehicle crash on I-88 Saturday (August 11, 2018) evening in which six people were injured.  The three-vehicle crash happened near Naperville.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the August 11, 2018 Daily Herald article titled “6 injured, 2 vehicles in flames after I-88 crash near Naperville“:

Police were called to the scene around 6 p.m. after a black Hyundai failed to reduce speed and struck a silver Chrysler going east on I-88 near Route 59, police said. The Hyundai then struck a black Mustang, and they both caught fire.

According to the Illinois State Police, fire departments from Naperville and Aurora took those injured to Edward Hospital in Naperville.

None of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening in nature.

When a vehicle is rear-ended, there are many possible injuries that can result to both drivers, as the drivers – especially in the lead vehicle – can be subject to sudden and strong unnatural forces.  Among the most common types of injuries is that commonly referred to as “whiplash.”  Injuries associated with “whiplash” can vary in severity and the time they are in effect.

Additional details regarding this I-88 three-vehicle crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.