Many people in Illinois know the dangers of texting, surfing or otherwise using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. Legislative changes, public awareness campaigns and harsh enforcement programs have all been targeted to wipe out distracted driving linked to cell phone and tablet use while driving. However, distracted driving is not only a technological problem as most distractions that can affect drivers to the point of causing severe crashes are not linked to the use of mobile devices. Indeed, daydreaming, inattentiveness or other thoughts can be some of the most common causes of crashes involving a distracted driver.
Thousands of passenger vehicle occupants in Illinois and around the country are killed or seriously injured each year in side-impact collisions. Auto manufacturers equip their vehicles with the latest safety features and autonomous or semiautonomous crash avoidance technology to mitigate this danger, and several companies are said to be working on external airbag systems that would provide even more protection. According to tests conducted by the German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG, external airbags could reduce the severity of side-impact accident injuries by as much as 40 percent.
Most drivers in Illinois know that there is a link between lack of sleep and an increased risk for auto accidents. Drowsy driving is a factor in about 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., including 16 percent of all fatal crashes. It can lead to inattention to one's surroundings and the inability to judge gaps between vehicles and other traffic conditions.
With Halloween coming up in just a couple weeks, many parents may be preparing for taking their kids out trick-or-treating. Among the things parents may want to get ready for is the possibility of their kids encountering dogs during the trick-or-treat excursion.