Intersections Prone To Accidents Including Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway

Kane County Intersections Prone To Accidents

Intersections prone to accidents continue to be a traffic safety issue. There are many reasons why intersections can be considered “dangerous.” Among these reasons are complicated and/or confusing roadway designs; too much traffic for a given intersection; a lack of traffic control devices; and too little traffic safety enforcement measures. As well, a primary factor for accidents with injuries are if vehicles are traveling at excessive speed. Vehicles traveling at excessive speed increases the risk of accidents and serious injuries for many reasons, and can be especially problematical if intersections are prone to accidents.

Throughout the Chicago area there are many intersections which are considered due to various reasons to be “dangerous intersections” or intersections prone to accidents.  A broad range of accident types can occur at such intersections, including “T-bone crashes”, “rear-end collisions,” pedestrian crashes, bicycle accidents, and rollover accidents.  Often, a history of frequent accidents will lead to changes in the design of the intersection to reduce the possibility of subsequent accidents.

The CBS Chicago segment (video and article) of February 11, 2019, titled “Batavia’s Intersection’s Unique Design Poses Traffic Dangers” discusses the intersection of
Route 31 and Fabyan Parkway, and the accidents that occur there. A rollover accident involving the Thoman family is featured.

An excerpt from the article concerning the intersection:

But some intersections are more dangerous than others–like the Batavia intersection where the Thoman family crashed four years ago.

CBS 2 examined traffic records at the intersection and found more than 100 crashes during the past five years. Last year, there were 25 accidents. About half of them occurred when a driver was making a left turn.

Additional Details Regarding Intersections Prone To Accidents

Additional details regarding these issue regarding intersections prone to accidents 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.

Driving While Distracted As A Threat To Kane County Traffic Safety

Kane County Distracted Driving

Driving while distracted continues to be a foremost traffic concern. It has caused or contributed to many Chicago-area accidents, including those in Kane County. On this site, the topic of driving while distracted and the reasons as to why it is dangerous is further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents And Their Frequency And Causes” page. As seen on that page, statistics show that distracted driving occurs on a frequent basis. While the source of the driver distraction can vary, cell phone usage – and especially texting while driving – continues to be a primary source of driving while distracted.

On January 8, 2019 the Kane County Connects article titled “Sheriff’s Office Cracking Down on Distracted Driving, Speeding” discusses the efforts being made with regard to enforcement measures targeting driving while distracted and speeding.

An excerpt from the article:


“We’re solidly tracking everyone’s concerns about distracted driving in Kane,” Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said via Facebook. “We’re teaming up with AAA and ABATE for some serious upcoming campaigns. Better put those phones down while you’re behind the wheel!”

The article notes the recent results of enforcement against speeding and distracted driving on Randall Road.

Additional Details Regarding Driving While Distracted Issues

Additional details 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.

Passenger Restraint Law For Children Under The Age Of Two Years Old

Passenger Restraint Law Regarding Rear-Facing Car Seats

Passenger restraint systems remain one of the best ways to avoid potentially serious vehicle accident injuries. Proper passenger restraint can take many forms. One of the best and most effective safety measures a vehicle occupant can take is to wear a seat belt, or for children the use of child safety seats . The benefits of seat belts is further discussed in the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits Seen In Statistics And Kane County Crashes” page.

A new Illinois law takes effect for 2018 for passenger restraint regarding child safety seat usage. The new law is discussed in the sj-r.com article of December 28, 2018 titled “New rear-facing child car seat law goes into effect Tuesday.”

An excerpt from the article:

Children 2 years of age and younger will have to ride in rear-facing car seats when a new Illinois law takes effect Tuesday.

The state’s Child Passenger Protection Act, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 3, mandates a $75 fine for first-time violators with the fine going up to $200 for the second violation.

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“There will be lives saved because of this legislation,” said Doug Carlson, chairman of the department of pediatrics and professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

While the law affects children up to age 2, Carlson said parents “should consider keeping them in (car seats) longer as long as they can fit.”

Head and neck injuries, and to some extent chest and abdomen injuries, are lessened when children are in rear-facing seats, he added. That’s because those parts of the body are supported by the hard shell of the car seat allowing it to absorb most of the force.

Additional Details Regarding This Proper Passenger Restraint Law

Additional details regarding this new law regarding passenger restraint for young children can be seen in the article above as well as the December 31 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Parents Prepare For New Car Seat Law Taking Effect.”

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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.

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).

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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.

Kane County Pedestrian Safety Initiative On Bliss Road

Pedestrian Safety Initiative In Kane County

Pedestrian accidents are notable in that they often lead to a range of serious injuries to those who have been hit by a vehicle.  As seen in posts on this site which summarize Kane County pedestrian accidents, many of these accidents either lead to serious accident injuries, including head injuries, and a substantial percentage of the injuries lead to fatalities.

There are various ways that pedestrian safety can be enhanced.  In some instances, such improvements to pedestrian safety happen after a pedestrian accident leads to serious injuries or a fatality to the person who has been hit by a vehicle.  Among these measures are the installation of cross walks, cross walks with flashing beacons, cross walk signs and other measures.

The October 26, 2017 Kane County Connects post titled “Cross Walk Warning System to Begin Installation on Bliss Road at the Virgil Gilman Trail This Week” discusses such an installation.  Two excerpts from the post:

Starting the week of Oct. 23, crews will be working on the installation of a pedestrian activated cross walk warning system on Bliss Road at the Virgil Gilman Trail crossing located just south of May Road.

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“We are doing this improvement to add visibility for the trail crossing at Bliss Road, which will result in a safer crossing,” Kane County Division of Transportation’s Heidi Files said.

Additional Details Regarding This Kane County Pedestrian Safety Issue

Additional details and possible updates concerning this pedestrian safety issue can be seen in the post 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 Traffic Accidents Caused By Drivers Swerving To Avoid Deer

Deer As A Kane County Traffic Safety Hazard

Deer can present a safety hazard to motorists, especially during certain seasonal periods as well as times of the day.  Commentary regarding this issue, as well as tips provided by the Illinois Department Of Transportation (IDOT) can be seen in this post concerning deer collisions.

The September 12, 2017 Aurora Beacon-News article titled “Deer sightings are on the rise in Aurora, causing wrecks as drivers swerve” discusses two car accidents in Aurora due to drivers swerving to avoid deer, and provides further commentary on the safety issue.  Tips as to how to safely drive in the presence of deer are also provided.

Notable excerpts from the article include:

The concern about deer on the roads comes after two wrecks in Aurora. A West Chicago woman was injured Sept. 2 after she swerved her vehicle to miss striking a deer while driving in Aurora.

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Then, on Sept. 6, a North Aurora man was injured in a single-vehicle crash after he swerved to avoid a deer, Aurora police said.

In both instances the accidents led to the drivers being hospitalized.  In the September 6 crash, the man had to be extricated from his car after it collided with various objects and came to rest on its side.

Additional details regarding this Kane County traffic safety issue 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.

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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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 Intersection Scrutinized Following Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Safety Questions Arise Following Fatal Kane County Pedestrian Accident

On March 11, 2016, there was a pedestrian accident in Aurora which led to the death of George Edwards.  That fatal accident was summarized in the post of March 12 titled “Man Dies Following Aurora Pedestrian Accident.”  It should be noted that at the time of the accident, the George Edwards was attempting to cross the street in the crosswalk.

The Aurora Beacon-News has published an article on April 30 (“Fatal accident puts spotlight on Aurora intersection“) concerning the scene of that accident, Farnsworth Avenue at Marshall Boulevard.  As explained in the article, and seen in a picture of the Farnsworth Avenue at Marshall Boulevard intersection, although there is a crosswalk across Farnsworth, there is no traffic control device there, such as a stop sign or stop light.

Three excerpts from the Aurora Beacon-News article:

Over the past five years, three people crossing the intersection have been hit by cars or trucks. One of those people lived, albeit with serious head trauma, while the other two died, according to records obtained by The Beacon-News.

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The city has decided to trigger a traffic study of the intersection, according to information provided by police and city spokesman Dan Ferrelli.

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The study will center on the intersection of Farnsworth and Marshall, Ferrelli said in an email.

“The collection of traffic volumes and crash data, along (with) examining past traffic-related information, will help to identify if a traffic signal is warranted at the intersection that could reduce the number of crashes and/or improve safety,” Ferrelli said.

The article also gives a summary of the three aforementioned pedestrian accidents, as well as other accidents that have occurred.

Additional Details Concerning This Kane County Traffic Safety Issue

Additional details regarding this traffic safety issue can be seen in the Aurora Beacon-News article mentioned above.

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Elman Law Group is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.  In fact, because of this capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Roundabouts Proposed In Kane County

Kane County Department Of Transportation Proposes Roundabouts

One method that cities and counties are using to try to reduce traffic congestion is to install traffic roundabouts.

However, for a variety of reasons, many people oppose the installation of roundabouts.

Recently, Kane County (through the Kane County Department of Transportation (KDOT)) has proposed the installation of four roundabouts.  The proposed roundabouts and a discussion regarding them is seen in The Courier-News (Chicago Tribune) article of July 29, 2015 titled “Kane County considering four new roundabouts in the area.”

According to the article, the four proposed roundabouts are for the following locations:

Burlington Road at Route 47

Bliss Road, Main Street and Fabyan Parkway

Bunker/Potter roads

Longmeadow Parkway and Bolz Road

Additional Details Concerning This Kane County Roundabout

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in The Courier-News article mentioned above.

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Kane County

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

Elman Law Group is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.  In fact, because of this capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation.

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Kane County Holiday Traffic Enforcement Efforts

Traffic Safety Enforcement Efforts In Kane County

Drinking and driving in Kane County over the holiday season is of concern, especially given the increasing prominence of “Black Wednesday,” the night before Thanksgiving.  This night has become one of the most popular drinking nights of the year.

Recently there have been announcements from Illinois authorities regarding increased traffic enforcement efforts over the Thanksgiving and 2014 holiday season.

As seen in the November 25, 2014 IDOT press release titled “IDOT, Illinois State Police, Local Law Enforcement Push to Keep Fatalities on Decline for 2014” (pdf):

“As a result of a drunk driver or someone choosing not to buckle up, families all over Illinois will not share the holidays with a loved one this year. We want to help prevent that from happening to another family,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren. “With strong enforcement efforts throughout the year and the upcoming holiday season, we hope to keep fatalities on the decline and save more lives in Illinois.”

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During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday (6 p.m. Wednesday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday), seven people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in Illinois. Of the seven fatalities, three involved a drinking driver. Over the last five years in Illinois (2009-2013), 63 fatalities occurred in Illinois during the Thanksgiving holiday, 34 of which (54 percent) involved a drinking driver.

Illinois State Police are also reminding the motoring public that officers will focus on impaired, speeding, unrestrained and fatigued drivers and will enforce the traffic laws to ensure roads and motorists throughout Illinois are safe.

Various agencies in Kane County have also announced increased traffic safety enforcement efforts.  The November 26, 2014 Chicago Tribune TribLocal Tri-Cities article titled “Suburban police prepare for ‘Black Wednesday’ drinking crowds, traffic” discusses enforcement initiatives in Geneva, St. Charles, and Batavia.

An excerpt from this article:

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will be working with city police departments to conduct their annual No-Refusal anti-DUI initiative, which begins Wednesday and goes into early Thanksgiving morning. The initiative makes prosecutors and a judge available to give out search warrants in order to get a DUI suspect to submit to a blood or breath test.

For Additional Information Concerning These Kane County Traffic Safety Issues

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the IDOT press release mentioned above as well as the TribLocal article.

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Kane County

Elman Law Group is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an appropriate settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly with a trial lawyer from the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Kane County and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.