Auto Accidents: A Continuing Threat on American Roads

Car accidents continue to be a serious threat on roads nationwide. Our Illinois car accident attorneys warn drivers to use caution and wear seatbelts in order to reduce the risk of serious harm.

In Ohio, three teens recently lost their lives and their friends suffered serious injuries after the pickup they were all traveling in collided with a tree along a curvy road. All six kids were from the same school district in Ohio.

The three girls who lost their lives were aged 17, 16 and 14. Another 17-year-old girl, an 18-year-old male, and the 17-year-old driver were also hospitalized.

In another fatal car crash in Oklahoma City, five software professionals from India were burnt alive when their car crashed into a tractor-trailer. Their Chevrolet Camaro hit the trailer and slid underneath the vehicle before rolling down an embankment and erupting into flames. All five died on the spot after being ejected from the car.

The victims were from the city of Hyderabad, the capital city of the Telugu-speaking state of Andhra Pradesh, in India. They were identified by TANA (Telugu Association of North America). Police discovered that none of the occupants of the Camaro were wearing seat belts, which could potentially have saved their lives. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

In another recent car crash, a Brinks truck carrying money crashed on Highway 52, which resulted in money being scattered along the road. The crash happened when a car made an illegal lane change from the left lane on Highway 52. As the car moved to the right, the truck driver swerved to avoid. This forced the car to run off the road and hit an embankment before flipping on its side.

The truck appeared to be in the blind spot of the driver of the car. Another Brinks truck was brought in to retrieve the cash. However, it was later reported that there was still $41,000 missing.

In a strange DUI incident, a woman rammed her vehicle into a car three times in the parking lot of the Florida school where she dropped off her kids. As she attempted to pull out from her parking spot, she kept driving backwards and forward, hitting the parked car three times. Police officers administered a field-sobriety test, which resulted in multiple charges, including DUI and DUI property damage, as well as neglect of a child.

In another recent major accident in Winston-Salem, a Pontiac Bonneville crashed into a Chevrolet Malibu. The driver of the Bonneville apparently failed to follow the stop sign and slammed into the Malibu driven by a 36-year-old woman. Police believe that the Bonneville driver may have been under the influence of alcohol and driving too fast. In one of the cars people were trapped and required crews to cut into the metal to remove them.

The Bonneville driver who was seriously injured died later. He also had a 3-year-old kid riding with him who miraculously did not sustain severe injuries. He was released after being treated. The woman who was driving the Malibu did suffer critical injuries but was stabilized. She also had a 24-year-old passenger in the front seat who was reported to be in critical condition. She had two passengers in the back seat, a 22-year-old woman and a one-month-old baby both of whom were not seriously hurt. But it could have been a lot worse.

This recent string of accidents shows the dangers rampant on U.S. roadways. Our Chicago car accident law firm urges drivers to be careful and take all proper safety precautions.

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