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Distracted driving is largely an issue of willpower. People do know that it is risky and dangerous. They know that it leads to accidents. They may even know people who have been seriously injured or killed. But they still look at the phone when it chirps and a new notification shows up on the screen. Why can’t they resist it?

Surveys have exposed just how deep this problem runs. Most people do actively acknowledge the dangers. They honestly think they are more likely to get into an accident, and they know that a smartphone is hugely distracting in general. At the same time, they admit to texting and driving, going on social media, browsing the internet, responding to emails, taking pictures and many other things.

When they were then asked why they did it, some of the reasons they gave were:

Recent data published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that three of the most common types of car crashes are rear-end, front-end and side-impact ones. They suggest that each of these common accidents can be avoided by motorists knowing how they occur and taking precautions to avoid them.

Rear-end crashes

Rear-end crashes are most apt to occur either on interstates or along other heavily trafficked roadways. They often occur because motorists drive too aggressively or too close to those in front of them.

Those of us who live in Chicago know what heavy traffic is like. Due to the sheer amount of car crashes we see while out on the road during our morning or evening commute, most of us would assume that crash risks are higher out on the city’s busy highways more than anywhere else. This is far from the case, though.

Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) shows that most fatal traffic accidents actually occur on rural roads as opposed to urban ones. Most happen within 25 short miles from a motorist’s home as well.

Illinois doesn’t rank among the top four states in the country for having the highest per capita car crash fatality rate. Those spots instead are occupied by Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia and Montana. The state does, however, rank as one of the top three midwestern states when it comes to traffic-related fatalies. Only Ohio and Michigan have more fatal car crashes on an annual basis.

One of the moments teens most often look forward to is getting their driver’s license. During this season of their lives, many teens look forward to reaching certain milestones in their lives with a lot of ancipation, parents often see things a bit differently. Teaching your child to drive then having to eventually stay behind at home waiting for their safe return can be nerve-racking to say the least.

Parents’ fears are seemingly rightfully placed according to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Their research shows that at least 40 percent of all teen motorists are involved in a crash during the first year that they have their driver’s license.

While most of these crashes are nothing more than a minor fender-bender, a significant number of the collisions that do occur are catastrophic. As many as 300,000 teens are injured and another 6,000 are killed in car crashes each year in the United States.

A 20-year-old Beecher woman lost her life when she was struck by a suspected drunk motorist in Chicago Heights in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 31. The fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Chicago Road and 16th Place at around 3:45 a.m.

When police arrived at the crash scene, they found both the suspected drunk driver’s Toyota Camry and the young woman’s Ford Focus. As they went to render assistance to both, they found that the woman had already succumbed to her injuries.

A Cook County medical examiner’s spokesperson released a statement the following Monday acknowledging that the woman had lost her life after having suffered a multitude of debilitating injuries. Their official statement made reference to the cause of her death as accident.

Mobile technology company Cellebrite is working to develop software that may help police determine if a motorist’s distracted driving may have led to him or her becoming involved in a car crash.

The name that’s been assigned to this new technology is “textalyzer.” Once rolled out, it will reportedly allow police officers a way to conduct a scan on a driver’s cellphone to see if he or she was using it in the moments just before and even during a car crash.

Although no cities have yet to adopt this new technology, many are considering it as a way to curb the rates of crash-related injuries and fatalities that, as of late, seem to be increasing more and more every day.

A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) for his role in causing the death of another area resident during a four-car crash along Interstate 355 on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Dispatchers with the Illinois State Police (ISP) first started receiving reports of a crash along the southbound portion of I-355 in Will County shortly after 1:52 a.m., that fateful morning.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, an ISP spokesperson has noted that they gathered together enough information from witnesses to the crash and toxicology results necessary to charge one of the motorists with DUI. Further charges may be forthcoming, especially in light of the fact that one other motorist involved in the crash fled the scene soon thereafter.

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) analyzes each states’ car and pedestrian crash rates for any obvious trends. What comes out of an analysis of the previous years’ crash data is a NHTSA report listing what it deems to be the worst intersections in every state.

In assessing the many different roadways in Illinois, the crossroads where South Chicago and Stony Island Avenues come together is described as being the worst intersection in the state. These two busy roadways intersect just beneath Interstate 90.

This intersection has the unique distinction of being located right in the middle of four bustling area neighborhoods: South Chicago, Avalon Park, South Shore and Greater Grand Crossing.

Two motorists collided at the intersection of Michigan City Road and Torrence Avenue in the southeastern Chicago suburb of Calumet City just before 6:56 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 19. A young boy, who’d been riding as a passenger in one of the two cars that was struck was killed in the crash.

The car carrying the 9-year-old decedent had been proceeding southbound along Torrence Avenue immediately prior to deciding to make an eastbound turn to continue along Michigan City Road. The driver of that car was in the middle of the turn when the passenger side of the car was T-boned by another motorist. That second motorist had been traveling northbound along Torrence Avenue at the time.

Inside the car that was struck were four Hammond, Indiana, residents, two kids and a pair of adults. Although all of the car’s occupants suffered injuries, the young boy’s were perhaps the most severe. Both he and the others were transported to Oak Lawn’s Christ Medical Center.

A woman filed an injury lawsuit against the Steger Police Department in Cook County on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

In her lawsuit, the woman chronicles how she had the right of way as she proceeded through the Steger and Chicago roads intersection on May 1, 2016. As she entered the intersection, she alleges that one of the village’s police officers ran a red light before striking her car dead center.

The woman reportedly suffered various injuries in the crash. In her lawsuit, she notes that her medical condition has continued to decline since the the crash.

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