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Highway Danger Zones that Pose Increased Risk for Automobile Accidents

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,There is one inevitable truth when it comes to car accidents: Some collisions are unavoidable. Roadways will always be dangerous, even when we exercise extreme caution. As drivers, we do not have control over the elements, road conditions, or other motorists. We can only practice safe driving to the best of our ability to prevent accident and injury, and promote awareness to encourage others to do the same. While roadways are risky in general, there are certain areas in particular that pose an increased risk for accident and injury. Exercising greater caution in these areas is important, especially during peak rush hour times when traffic is heavily congested. Common Danger Zones One Ways: Wrong-way driving (WWD) is the cause for hundreds of fatalities annually, not to mention thousands of reported injuries nationwide. Studies reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation have shown that freeway exit ramps are typically the most common sites for wrong-way driving related crashes, although anywhere a driver inadvertently or deliberately drives against one-way, oncoming traffic is a hotspot for collision and injury. Intersections: All intersections present a threat to drivers and pedestrians alike due to their busy nature, but certain types of intersections present greater risk, such as those that experience heavy traffic during rush hour times or those with poor visibility. Designs such as roundabouts and flashing yellow arrows (FYAs) help to combat some of these issues at intersections, allowing drivers more direction and guidance as they navigate an excess flow of traffic. Special Work Zones: The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that distracted driving and speeding are the primary causes for work-zone related collisions. Similar to intersections, work zones require more attentiveness on the part of the driver, as changing conditions, work crew exposure, and stop-and-go traffic create multiple potential hazards for those passing through. Areas with Poor Infrastructure: Poor highway design and the physical deterioration of paved roadways equal dangerous driving conditions for anyone operating a vehicle. The Illinois Department of Transportation works hard to continually evaluate roadway conditions and to improve highway infrastructure, but certain areas sadly remain problematic for drivers and continue to pose risk for collision.

When you find yourself in a crash related to any of these danger zones, it is important to contact a knowledgeable Lake County car accident attorney who can help explain your rights and ensure your best interests are protected in a court of law. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 for a free consultation.

Sources:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/safety/roadway/index

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Specialty-Lists/Safety/FHWA-ICT-14-010.pdf

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/safety/Illinois-Roadway-Crash-Data

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