The way we talk about collisions on the road is misleading. We discussed this in a post back in June. The position we offered then is that, in most cases, what we call accidents are really disasters caused by someone's negligence or reckless behavior. As such, seeking compensation for victims and holding someone accountable isn't merely justified. It's demanded.
The question above might not one many in central Illinois ponder. Anyone familiar with the automotive world knows that owning a Tesla is not something the average motorist can aspire to. The all-electric, high-tech cars are nothing if not expensive.
You see them every day, people looking down at their phones instead of at the road. They sit idle while the light changes or are puttering along much slower than the posted speed limit. Or worse yet, they drift from one side of their lane to the other, oblivious.
Honda and Acura model cars have a great reputation for durability and user satisfaction. Year after year, they have come out at or near the top in consumer surveys.
Mention the name Takata to anyone in Illinois and you'll likely get one of two reactions. The first will be the quizzical look of someone who doesn't have a clue about what you're talking about. They must have been living in a bunker under the streets of Springfield. The other will probably be the shake of the head and a tsk tsk.
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, any central Illinois resident would be rattled. Even if the wreck is minor in nature, the very fact that you were involved in a crash can be a scary and traumatizing moment. As a result, it is understandable for people to not know what to do in the moments that immediately follow a collision between two vehicles.
The Illinois legislature, controlled by the Democrats, is still in a tug of war with the governor over the state's budget. But there is apparent agreement forming around another significant issue -- the easing of criminal penalties for possession and use of marijuana.
Whenever you climb into your personal vehicle, or any other vehicle for that matter, you have a right to expect that it's equipped with all the safety bells and whistles mandated by law. Seat belts are a must on most vehicles these days, even those that predate the 1960s. In the 1990s, air bags became standard equipment in all cars and light trucks.
If you survived a crash with no broken bones, you might have good reason to consider yourself lucky. However, other injuries may be less visible, but potentially just as intrusive. Specifically, about one in five cases of traumatic brain injuries are caused by a motor vehicle accident. Another 28 percent of TBI injuries are caused by a slip and fall incident.
Distracted driving is a problem -- virtually everyone agrees on this. But there is no uniform way to tackle the problem, as is exemplified by the varying ways that each state attacks the distracted driving problem. Depending on what state lines you cross, the way you are punished for using a cellphone while driving a motor vehicle varies wildly.