Batavia Debate Regarding Use Of Beacons At Crosswalks

Various pedestrian accidents that occur in Kane County have been summarized in the “Pedestrian Accident” category. Various aspects of pedestrian accidents – including various medical and legal issues – are further discussed on the “Kane County, Illinois Pedestrian Accidents And Injuries” page.

Pedestrian accidents are of significant concern due to the increasing number of such accidents, as well as the extent of injuries – many fatal – that typically occur when a vehicle strikes a pedestrian.

One of the more recent safety measures enacted at certain crosswalks is the addition of flashing “beacons.”  These are supposed to further highlight the crosswalk and in many cases can be activated by the pedestrian.

Some believe that flashing beacons – and perhaps crosswalks for that matter – may provide pedestrians a “false sense of security.”  This issue has been raised in a recent debate in Batavia regarding three “flashing light” beacon crosswalks along Batavia Avenue (Route 31) at the McKee, Union and Morton cross streets.  The debate is further discussed in the July 19, 2017 Kane County Chronicle article titled “Batavia weighs Route 31 pedestrian crosswalk safety” as well as the June 19 Batavia Patch article titled “City Looks At Ditching Pedestrian Crosswalk Signals Along Route 31.”

An excerpt from the Kane County Chronicle article:

The rapid-flashing, yellow-light, pedestrian-activated beacons were installed nearly two years ago across the four-lane Batavia Avenue (Route 31) at McKee, Union and Morton streets.

The McKee street crossing is of greatest concern. There have been at least three minor accidents and several near-misses reported.

“The installation of flashing beacons at this crossing does not appear to have improved driver awareness or the overall safety of the crossing,” Public Works Director Gary Holm said. “There is a false sense of security that those lights are giving pedestrians.”

The article also discusses that some people believe the crosswalks with the beacons are a safety benefit, while others believe that they are not beneficial and should be removed.

Additional details regarding this pedestrian safety issue can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Serious Injuries Resulting From Aurora Bicycle Accident

Kane County Bicycle Accident 

There was a bicycle accident Wednesday (July 12, 2017) in Aurora.  As a result of the accident, the bicyclist had a serious head injury.

An excerpt from the Beacon-News article of July 14, 2017, titled “Bicyclist suffers severe injury in Aurora crash“:

The bicyclist was crossing West Galena Boulevard near South Glenwood Place at about 11:06 p.m. Wednesday in an area where the posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour, according to a police report.

The driver of the vehicle, an Aurora man, told police he’d been westbound on Galena in the south lane about 75 feet west of Glenwood when the bicycle entered the roadway from the north. The driver said he attempted to swerve to avoid the bicycle, but couldn’t react quickly enough, according to police reports. The front of his 2007 Chevrolet Colorado struck the left side of the bicycle, knocking the rider off and onto the roadway.

The bicyclist was identified only as being from Montgomery.

As a result of the collision, the bicyclist suffered what was described as a severe head injury.  The bicyclist was taken to Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, and then later taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for treatment of accident injuries.

The driver was not injured.  Initially no traffic citations were issued.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Bicycle Accident

Additional details and possible updates concerning this bike accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Beacon-News article mentioned above.

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If you were injured in an accident – or represent someone who died in an accident – call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken.  This legal consultation is free and is confidential in nature.

Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.

Traffic Accident In Batavia Leads To Death of Driver

Fatal Kane County Traffic Accident

There was a fatal traffic accident Sunday (July 9, 2017) in Batavia.

According to Batavia Police, the collision happened at approximately 8:41 a.m., at Randall Road and McKee Street.   At that time, a Jeep Wrangler that was heading northbound on Randall Road struck a Buick LaCrosse in the intersection.

The Buick had been westbound on McKee Street and was turning south onto Randall Road at the time of the crash.

An excerpt regarding the crash, as seen in the July 10, 2017 Beacon-News article titled “Police investigating crash that killed Batavia man“:

Police said eastbound and westbound traffic had green arrows for turning left onto Randall Road, and the Jeep failed to stop for a red light, according to their initial investigation.

The driver of the Buick had to be extricated from the SUV.  He was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he was pronounced dead.  He was identified as Terry W. Starck, 57, of Batavia.

The driver of the Jeep was also taken to Delnor Hospital for treatment of accident injuries, which were considered to be “minor injuries.”

This fatal traffic accident remains under investigation.

Additional Details Concerning This Fatal Kane County Collision

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Kane County collision can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Beacon-News article mentioned above as well as the July 11 Batavia Patch article titled “Authorities ID Man Killed In Randall Road Crash.”

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If you were injured in an accident – or represent someone who died in an accident – call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney of the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken.  This legal consultation is free and is confidential in nature.

Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance.  As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.