Walking and running are generally considered to be activities good for one's health. They can also provide positive, environmentally friendly alternatives to driving. Sadly, they seem to be putting more people in harm's way. New data from the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that pedestrian fatalities across the United States have skyrocketed in recent years.
Marijuana was legalized in the state of Illinois earlier this month, but according to the 2020 DUI Fact Book, published by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, driving while impaired by marijuana is still prohibited. Much like with a DUI stop for alcohol use, if an officer stops a vehicle and sees signs that the driver is under the influence of marijuana (e.g., red eyes, drowsiness, etc.), the officer will request that the driver submit to field sobriety tests. Based on the results, the officer may arrest the driver and take him or her into the station, where they will be asked to submit to a blood, breath or urine test within two hours of the traffic stop. If the driver is found to have more than 5 nanograms of THC, the main active chemical found in marijuana, per milliliter of blood, or more than 10 nanograms of THC per milliliter of any other bodily substance, they could lose their license and face criminal charges. However, there is concern that these results may not be solid proof of driver impairment as THC can remain in someone's body long after the effects have worn off.
Americans are working harder than ever before, trying to juggle families, multiple jobs and countless errands. As a result, many people are getting too little sleep, and engaging in drowsy driving as a result. Drowsy driving typically refers to driving while exhibiting common signs of sleep-deprivation, including yawning, head dropping, having trouble remembering the last few miles driven and making careless driving mistakes (e.g. missing road signs, failing to maintain speed, swerving from lane to lane).
Heavy traffic isn't just an inconvenience, it can also be a hazard. When many vehicles are moving quickly in close proximity to each other, any collision between two of them can quickly turn into a multi-vehicle accident, with many people hurt.
Even the most minor of Peoria car accidents can result in serious injuries and damages. Many accident victims take months or years to fully recover from the injuries they suffer. In some cases, they may experience permanent disabilities requiring a lifetime of treatment and care. In addition, accident victims can suffer emotionally, and experience mental anguish and emotional trauma for years after the physical wounds have healed. Treatment for these physical and mental conditions often costs thousands of dollars, but with many accident victims unable to work, families may find themselves struggling to make ends meet after an accident.
Many car accidents in the Peoria area result in serious injuries or even death. In addition to dealing with their emotional pain, families often are forced to deal with the financial struggles that come with losing a loved one. The family of a 35-year-old Illinois woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages from the driver responsible for the collision.
Illinois has outlawed the use of personal electronic devices while driving. But, existing penalties were apparently insufficient to combat the risk of auto accidents from drivers engaged in texting and driving. New laws were recently approved increasing the penalties for this form of distracted driving.
When a person reacts in a dramatic or overly responsive way, they may be counseled to act reasonably so that they can appropriately reflect on the problem or situation that has confronted them. An unreasonable person may exhibit a lack of control over themselves or a failure to take appropriate actions given the circumstances of their situation. Each day on Illinois roads, new auto accident victims are made when they encounter drivers who behave unreasonably.
Riding a motorcycle can be an adventure. A motorcycle lets an Illinois resident have a closer connection to their surroundings than they get when they are in a standard vehicle. In addition, the maneuverability of two-wheeled vehicles is significantly better than that of most cars. However, riding a motorcycle can also be a dangerous undertaking, especially when other drivers act negligently.