Kane County Enforcement Initiative Concerning “Distracted Driving”

“Distracted driving” continues to be a significant threat to safe travel in Illinois, including Kane County.  While driver distraction can be caused by many different activities that divert the attention of the driver, among the most common reasons for driver distraction is operating a cell phone – and especially texting while driving.  As seen in various statistics, texting while driving is among the most hazardous form of “distracted driving.”  In many cases the resulting inattention can directly or indirectly lead to a loss of vehicle control and/or a traffic accident.

On this site, various issues (including legal, medical, and statistics) regarding distracted drivers and the accidents caused by their negligent actions are further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents And Their Frequency And Causes” page.  As seen on that page, statistics indicate the danger of driving while inattentive as well as the significant number of accidents that are attributed to driver distraction.  Additionally, a recent study (discussed in the “‘Distracted Driving’ Seen As Top Threat To Traffic Safety” post) shows that drivers consider “distracted driving” to be the top threat to traffic safety.

In the April 20, 2018 Kane County Connects post (“Kane County Sheriff’s Office: ‘Stop Senseless Distracted Driving Deaths’“) discusses a recently announced Kane County Sheriff’s Office participation in the Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week, as well as the office’s enforcement campaign of Illinois’ distracted driving laws.

Two excerpts from the media release:

Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes — contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

also:

The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that:

  • Drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash.
  • Drivers who use in-vehicle technologies, like voice-based and touch screen features, can be distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.
  • Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash.

Violating Illinois’s distracted driving laws can be costly, so “know before you go.”

In Illinois, there’s a $120 fine for any of the following violations:

  • Texting and driving.

  • Using a hand-held phone while driving.

  • Teen drivers using a cell phone while driving.

Additional Details Regarding These “Distracted Driving” Issues

Additional details regarding “distracted driving” issues and the Kane County enforcement campaign can be seen in the sources 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.

Motorcycle Riding Safety Issues In Kane County, Illinois

With the main Kane County motorcycle riding season approaching, there are a variety of motorcycle riding safety issues that should be considered.

The Kane County Connects post of April 18, 2018 titled “To Prevent Fatal Crashes, IDOT, ISP Offer Free Motorcycle Training Courses” discusses various steps to increase safety.

As seen in the post, “Kane County saw at least seven fatal motorcycle crashes in 2016.”  [On this site, many Kane County motorcycle accidents that have caused injuries and/or fatalities have been summarized in posts found under the “Motorcycle Accidents” category.]

The Kane County Connects post mentions motorcycle training courses as one way to gain proficiency in safe riding practices.

Other recommendations from the post:

Riders should protect themselves by wearing personal protective gear on every ride. This includes high-visibility (Hi-Viz) clothing, eye protection, gloves, jackets, pants, boots and a U.S. DOT-approved helmet.

Additionally, riders should never drink and ride. Drinking alcohol reduces reaction times, increases fatigue and leads to poor judgment.

One-third of all motorcycle fatalities in Illinois involve rider impairment.

While wearing a motorcycle helmet is not required by Illinois law, there are many benefits to wearing a helmet while riding.  The safety benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet are significant. Motorcycle helmets substantially reduce head injuries.  Substantial head injuries often prove to be fatal in motorcycle accidents.  For serious traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that are not fatal, a range of substantial temporary and long-term impairments can occur.  Long-term impairments can be life-altering in nature and can require substantial amount of ongoing health care and rehabilitation.  Traumatic brain injuries are discussed on the “Kane County Vehicle Accidents Involving Head Injuries” page as well as the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Stemming From Kane County Accidents” page.

Additional details regarding these Kane County motorcycle riding safety issues can be seen in the sources 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.

Two-Vehicle Collision In St. Charles Involving SUV And Police Car

There was a vehicle collision between a St. Charles Police car and a Ford Explorer SUV on Tuesday (April 17, 2018) night.  The collision injured both the police officer as well as the driver of the Ford Explorer.

The crash is discussed in various media sources.  An excerpt from the Kane County Connects post of April 19, 2018, titled “Driver Charged After Crashing SUV Into St. Charles Police Car, Injuring Officer.”  An excerpt regarding the collision:

According to a city of St. Charles news release, the St. Charles officer was on patrol, driving south on Kirk Road at around 11:03 p.m. Tuesday (April 17, 2018), when he saw a Ford Explorer SUV driving north at a high rate of speed.

The officer turned around at Stern Avenue and went north, activating his emergency overhead lights. As the officer’s police car approached the intersection with Ohio Avenue, the driver of the Explorer turned left, eastbound, in front of the squad car, which was traveling through the intersection with the green light.

Both the police officer as well as the driver of the Explorer were taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital for treatment of their accident injuries.  The injuries were considered to be non-life threatening in nature.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) conducted the accident investigation with assistance from the St. Charles Police Department.

According to the Kane County Chronicle, in an April 18 article titled “Vehicle collision occurs between driver, St. Charles police officer” the driver of the Ford Explorer was identified as  Eugenio Hernandez, 38, of West Chicago.

Hernandez was charged with driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s license, Failure to Yield while turning left at an intersection, and Failure to Yield to an emergency vehicle.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this St. Charles collision causing injuries can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two sources 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.

Fatal Crash In Elgin Involving Loss Of Vehicle Control

Fatal Kane County Loss Of Vehicle Control Crash 

There was a fatal vehicle crash early Thursday (April 12, 2018) evening in Elgin.  The accident led to the death of the driver, a 47-year-old woman.  According to preliminary accident investigation results the crash involved a loss of vehicle control.  As discussed on the “Kane County Loss Of Control Accidents And Injuries” page, loss of vehicle control can happen for many different reasons.

An excerpt regarding the fatal collision, from the April 16 Kane County Connects post titled “Coroner ID’s Elgin Woman Killed in April 12 Crash“:

According to the Elgin Police Department, police and fire personnel responded at around 6:39 p.m. April 12 to a report of a single-vehicle crash in the area of McDonald and Corron roads.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle was traveling west on McDonald Road when the driver lost control and struck a utility pole.

The driver of the vehicle was declared dead after being taken to Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital.  The Kane County Coroner’s Office identified the driver as Kelly Pynakker, 47, of Elgin.

The accident investigation is continuing and is being conducted by the Elgin Police Department.

Those with information concerning this fatal crash are asked to call 847-289-2661, or text 847411 and including ELGINPD at the beginning of the text, along with the message and/or tip information.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Kane County Crash

Additional details and possible updates concerning this loss of vehicle control can be seen in the sources 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.

Aurora Pedestrian Accident Leads To Death Of Man

Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Kane County

There was a fatal pedestrian accident late Saturday (March 31, 2018) night in Aurora.  The accident involved a car fatally striking a man.

Details on this fatal Kane County accident are limited at this time.

According to Aurora Police, the accident occurred as a man was walking on Long Drive at approximately 11:10 p.m.   He was fatally struck by a Buick Regal that was traveling westbound on Ogden Avenue.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the April 1, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man fatally struck by car in Aurora“:

The car was being driven by a 19-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman was a passenger, police said. It was unclear if either were injured.

The pedestrian who was hit by the car was subsequently identified as Lorenzo I Bryant, 37, of Aurora.

Additional Details Regarding This Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Additional details regarding this fatal Kane County crash can be seen in various media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the April 1 Naperville Patch article titled “Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Car In Aurora:  Cops.”

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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.