If you are like many people across Springfield, you already have your holiday weekend planned. The Fourth of July is a very popular time to get outside, enjoy barbecues, fireworks and time with family and friends. Often, these gatherings involve drinking alcohol, which could put people in serious danger.
There are many residents in Springfield who know someone who may not be a safe driver. Some of these people may be new to driving, but others may have decades of experience behind the wheel. It is those in the latter category that may have the most trouble coming to terms with the fact that they are no longer able to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Every driver in Illinois should know that they are expected to drive safely. We know that operating a motor vehicle is a responsibility and requires skill and concentration because of how much damage that can be caused by dangerous or negligent behavior.
Not all of the vehicles on Springfield's roads are created equal. It's often because of this that some walk away from car accidents involving multiple vehicles without a scratch on them, while others in the same accident never walk again. Each car, truck, and SUV faces unique challenges on the road because of its size and design. Drivers should familiarize themselves with the on-road characteristics of their vehicles. Failure to do so may end in tragedy.
Car accidents in Springfield are all too common on today's roads. Even as vehicle safety standards have improved and new features have been created to help people try and avoid accidents, they still occur. Unfortunately, there's nothing that vehicle engineers can do to remove human error from the equation, and more often than not, that's usually what causes most car collisions. The number of ways that a driver can make a mistake behind the wheel that leads to an accident is endless, ranging from driving while impaired to simple carelessness or lack of attention.
Cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, tractor-trailers and farm equipment all share the roads and highways throughout rural Illinois. This wide range of vehicle types poses unique risks for accidents. Driving conditions, speed, weather and any driver impairments or distractions also have direct affects on the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents in the state. From single-car accidents to fender benders to deadly multi-car pile-ups, accidents take place everyday.