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How can Uber make self-driving cars safer for everyone?

Self-driving vehicles are a reality of the future. Many companies and automakers are working to be the first to develop an autonomous vehicle that is available to consumers on a widespread basis. Other companies, such as Uber, are working to develop self-driving cars for their own company advantage, such as using them for rideshare vehicles.

Recently, one of Uber's self-driving vehicles that was in the testing phase was involved in a crash with a pedestrian. This brought up many questions about how the company was going to address specific safety concerns with these vehicles. You may be one who shares concerns regarding the safety and necessity of these types of vehicles on Illinois roads, and you may wonder how companies making self-driving cars can ensure that human lives will not be at an unnecessary risk. 

Driving while drowsy: What you need to know

When you think about risky driving behavior, speeding or driving while intoxicated may come to mind. While those are certainly dangerous, one common risk that many people take every day is driving while drowsy. It's a behavior that is fully preventable and still claims too many lives on the nation's roadways.

If you or a loved one here in Illinois has ever been in a collision with a drowsy driver, you know all too well how unnecessary it is. Even so, in 2017, around 91,000 crashes involved a drowsy driver, and almost 800 people died in drowsy driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Exact figures are difficult to determine since researchers believe that drowsy driving is under reported. Fortunately, experts have advice on stopping these kinds of accidents and how to protect yourself.

Schools are open -- how safe are your children in school zones?

Parents in Springfield and other cities in Illinois will naturally be concerned about the safety of their children as they walk or ride in school zones. Regardless of the ages of your children, their lives will be at risk. It is the responsibility of both motorists and pedestrians to observe applicable transportation laws in school zones.

As students and their parents get into the routines of the new school year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released shocking data to underscore the dangers that are typical in school zones. From 2008 through 2017, as many as 264 children under the age of 18 lost their lives in accidents related to school transportation. These numbers include pedestrian and vehicle-related accidents.

Riding a motorcycle is fun but dangerous

Responsible motorcyclists recognize the dangers that come with riding bikes. If you are a motorcyclist enthusiast in Illinois, you will face some inherent risks that threaten your safety. Regardless of the number of years of experience you have, the risks remain the same. Many motorcycle accidents result from the negligence of other motorists, and the most valuable part of many years of experience is the ability to keep a proper lookout for potential dangers.

Both experienced and inexperienced motorcyclists typically find the exhilaration and freedom of the ride intoxicating. You will likely know that it is not only inexperienced riders who crash. Even riders with years of experience find themselves in the hospital with injuries as severe as those suffered by new riders.

You have reason to feel threatened by big rigs on the highways

Big rigs, including tractor-trailers, tankers, 18-wheelers and semis, can weigh up to 30 times as much as an average passenger vehicle. That gives you enough reason to feel threatened when you have to share the Illinois highways with them. Trucks are also typically taller, and the height of their ground clearance could allow under riding of smaller vehicles in rear-end or side-impact crashes.

Truckers who do not maintain safe following distances can cause serious accidents because their vehicles need a lot more space than cars to come to a halt. They need even more space in adverse weather conditions when roadways are wet and slippery. You should also keep that in mind and avoid joining highway traffic ahead of a big rig.

Varying damages may be pursued after a crash

Experiencing an injury-causing car accident can be both terrifying and frustrating. The accident may leave you with emotional scars long after the accident has occurred, and it can anger you if it was the result of another person's carelessness behind the wheel.

The good news? You have the right to seek monetary damages here in Illinois in this situation. Here is a look at a couple of kinds of damages you can pursue following your car collision.

Driving too fast is just one common cause of truck accidents

Many Illinois residents may not necessarily feel as if they are living on the edge when driving to work or are out running errands. However, driving is an immensely dangerous activity, no matter how commonplace it has become. You may not think of each hazard you face while on the road, but you certainly are more at risk than you may think.

Of course, most drivers understand the dangers that big rigs pose to other travelers. Any time you wind up behind or next to a semi-truck you may find yourself glancing over several times to make sure the truck driver does not try to change lanes abruptly, and you may try to get away from the vehicle as quickly as possible. These uneasy feelings are understandable as truck accidents can have devastating outcomes.

A major collision can take place under a variety of circumstances

Being involved in a collision can be a scary and stressful experience no matter the circumstances. Even if the accident causes little more than minor damage to your vehicle, the subsequent disruption to your plans for the day and the inconvenience of catching a ride while your car is in the shop can be frustrating.

However, not all accidents have such mild results, and if you are involved in a major collision on Illinois roads, you might be facing a long road to recovery and an extensive amount in medical bills. While this may seem like an unlikely scenario, collisions are more common than you might think.

Is your headache and ear ringing connected to whiplash?

When you suffer trauma in an Illinois motor vehicle accident, it's not always possible to properly gauge the extent of your injuries. In fact, you might walk away from the accident scene, get checked out at the hospital and go home on the same day only to realize the following day or thereafter that you are not feeling as well as you thought. Delayed injury symptoms are common in car accidents.

One of the most common accident injuries that occur is whiplash. When you hear that word, you likely think of neck pain. However, whiplash is not only neck pain but numerous other possible symptoms as well, which may happen if the impact of a collision suddenly and forcefully jolted your neck and upper body. It's good to keep a journal to document your symptoms as they develop, especially if another person's negligence caused the accident that resulted in your injury.

Fatal car accidents rising in Illinois, but falling across the US

If you've ever been in a car accident, you know there are several factors that may increase the possibility of fatality. Though most people try to ensure that they drive in a way that is safe, accidents still occur. Hopefully, when they do, the damage sustained will be as minimal as possible.

A recent study revealed some troubling news regarding deaths from car crashes. It found that while fatal traffic accidents have decreased across the United States, the state of Illinois actually showed an increase in these types of auto accidents. The researchers have a few ideas of why that may have happened, and their findings show that everyone can take steps to be a better driver.

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