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Truck driver causes fatal crash while choking on food

A couple weeks ago, we discussed some common behaviors drivers engage in that are likely to cause distracted driving accidents. Of course, every Illinois driver knows that texting while driving is illegal and dangerous, but there are plenty of other driver distractions that can be just as likely to cause a crash.

Illinois truck driver killed in explosive truck accident

Because of their sheer size and weight, truck accidents are often devastating regardless of the load the truck is carrying. But when a truck carrying volatile or hazardous materials is involved in a crash, the scene can quickly become a disaster.

Chicago cop kills two drivers in fatal drunk driving crash

The public holds police officers in high regard. As such, we expect that they will act in the interest of public safety at all times, even while off duty. Recently, however, Chicago residents were horrified to hear about a fatal drunk driving accident caused by Chicago police officer who was driving the wrong direction down Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago man faces criminal charges for passenger's death in crash

We have previously written that lawsuits prompted by car accidents are not always as simple as one injured driver pitted against another. Sometimes, the injured or killed party was a passenger riding with an irresponsible driver at the time of the crash.

Watch out for dangerous drunk drivers on Super Bowl weekend

For many Chicago residents, this Sunday will be devoted entirely to watching the Super Bowl and related coverage. Regardless of whether you watch it at a bar with friends or at a home party, chances are good that alcohol will be served.

Illinois woman sentenced to seven years for fatal car crash

This month, a 48-year-old Aurora woman received a seven-year prison sentence for her role in a 2009 car crash that took the life of a 54-year-old man. Authorities say the woman has been free on bond since 2010; she was scheduled to begin serving her time on Jan. 30.

73 year old Illinois woman killed in pedestrian truck accident

Illinois residents often walk the streets assuming they will safely reach their destination. Most drivers and pedestrians also assume that the other is taking extra care to avoid potential accidents. However, sometimes misjudgment is made resulting in an accident. Unfortunately, most pedestrian accidents lead to fatal injuries.

Highway crash fatalities down in Illinois in last half of 2012

We've covered many fatal accidents in the Chicago area on our wrongful death blog. To our readers, and others who keep up with local news, it may seem like fatal accidents happen frequently in our region. And while it's certainly true that there are far too many deaths related to fatal motor vehicle accidents, a recent report from the Chicago Tribune shows that the number of fatal highway crashes actually declined in the last six months of 2012.

Wheeling crash leaves 1 woman dead

A recent car crash took the life of a woman in nearby Wheeling. The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. The woman was reportedly traveling westbound when she collided with a semitrailer that was attempting to make a left turn. The woman died at the hospital about an hour after the crash. The truck driver did not sustain injuries in the crash.

CDC study: drowsy driving and fatal car accidents on the rise

Government and industry statistics state that anywhere from 3 percent to 33 percent of fatal car accidents are caused by drowsy drivers. And Chicago drivers may be interested in a new Center for Disease Control study that found that 1 in 24 adult drivers in the U.S. said they had recently fell asleep while driving. That statistic alone is enough to give anyone nightmares, but when you add other statistics, including distracted driving and drunk driver-related car accidents, traveling on our nation's highways can be downright deadly.

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