Bolingbrook Fatal Car Crash On November 8, 2018

A Bolingbrook fatal car crash occurred Thursday (November 8, 2018) night.  This single-vehicle Bolingbrook fatal car crash appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Todd DeTamble, 44, of Plainfield.  He died at the accident scene.

According to the Bolingbrook Police Department, the crash happened at approximately 8:15 p.m., just to the south of 1701 Remington Boulevard.

An excerpt regarding the accident, from the November 12 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Funeral Set For Plainfield Man Killed In Bolingbrook“:

“Vehicle driven by victim was (eastbound on) Frontage into (the) curve at Remington,” police said. “Vehicle left roadway from the curve still (eastbound) into the parkway, struck a ComEd electric pole, rolled, and came to rest in the vacant lot which is north of 1701 Remington.”

As further discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page, there can be many reasons why a driver may lose control of a vehicle.  Among the common reasons are driver distraction, driver error, driving while impaired, and road hazards.  Another reason may be that there is a mechanical failure in the vehicle, or another type of failure such as a tire blowout.

A factor that may precipitate a loss of vehicle control is driving at high speed.  Driving considerably above the speed limit can increase the possibility that the driver will lose control of the vehicle.

Injuries that occur during a loss of vehicle control can vary.  However, it is common for such injuries to be serious in nature – and possibly life-threatening – as a collision at speed often occurs.  If the vehicle leaves the roadway due to the loss of control, the vehicle can collide with fixed objects such as trees, utility poles, and other items.

Additional details regarding loss of vehicle control accidents, as well as the Bolingbrook fatal car crash mentioned, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Drunk Driving Crashes And Efforts Made To Reduce Their Frequency

Drunk driving crashes  as well as accidents involving drivers who are impaired by drug use continue to be a traffic safety problem in Will County as well as throughout Illinois.

On this site, Will County drunk driving crashes are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category.  As seen in the various accidents discussed in these posts, these crashes have caused many serious injuries and in some cases fatalities.

Many different types of accidents can occur due to impaired driving.  These drunk driving crashes often involve loss of control accidents as impaired drivers frequently have difficulty in adequately driving the vehicle.  Often, these loss of control accidents lead to the vehicle leaving the roadway, at which point they are susceptible to hitting a fixed object like a tree.

Drunk driving crashes happen throughout the year.  However, they often are more frequent around holiday periods.  For this reason, law enforcement often performs special enforcement initiatives – sometimes including checkpoints – in order to try to reduce the amount of drunk driving.

The November 6, 2018 Joliet Patch article titled “Joliet Roadside Checkpoints Are In Place For The Holidays” discusses the Joliet Police Department’s plans for setting up checkpoints during this Thanksgiving holiday period.

An excerpt from the article:

 Joliet Police, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will enforce the checkpoints in an effort to increase seatbelt usage and crack down on drunk driving and speeding, particularly leading up to Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving being one of the busiest travel days, there is the potential for more accidents and fatalities.

As mentioned, police officers will also be checking for other violations such as whether vehicle occupants are wearing seat belts, and that children are also in child seats or otherwise using appropriate restraint systems.

As discussed in the “Seat Belts As An Accident Prevention Measure” page, seat belts remain one of the best ways to prevent accident injuries during a crash.

Fatal I-80 Car Crash Just To The East Of Houbolt Avenue

There was a fatal I-80 car crash in Joliet on Monday (November 5, 2018) afternoon.   This fatal I-80 car crash appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control.

According to preliminary accident investigation findings from the Illinois State Police, the accident happened as a car was traveling on eastbound I-80.  For a currently unknown reason, the car veered off the expressway near mile marker 129.

An excerpt regarding the crash, quoting an Illinois State Police statement, from the November 6, 2018 Channahon Patch article titled “Lockport Motorist Dies On Joliet I-80 Stretch“:

“According to preliminary investigations, the Toyota was traveling eastbound on I-80 just east of Houbolt Avenue when, for unknown reasons, it drove off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree and overturning. The driver, Jeanine Ibrahim, was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Will County Coroner. It was reported that Ibrahim was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash,” police said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal I-80 car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 6 wjol.com article (with accident scene photo) titled “Single Vehicle Fatal Crash On I-80 In Joliet.”

Crest Hill Motorcycle Accident On Weber Road Just South Of Ryan Drive

There was a fatal Crest Hill motorcycle accident Monday (October 29, 2018) night.

Details on the accident appear limited at this time.  The cause of this fatal Crest Hill motorcycle accident does not appear to be publicly available.

The accident involved a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle on Weber Road, just south of Ryan Drive.  The motorcycle collided with the side of another vehicle.

The motorcyclist, identified as identified as Clifford A. Ragland, 29, of Bolingbrook, was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m.

An accident investigation to determine how this Crest Hill motorcycle accident occurred is ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the October 30, 2018 The Herald-News article titled “Bolingbrook man dies in Crest Hill motorcycle crash” as well as the October 31 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Bolingbrook Man Killed On Motorcycle.”

Fatal Homer Glen Car Accident On Archer Avenue

There was a fatal Homer Glen car accident on Sunday (October 21, 2018) night.  The accident involved one car crossing the center line and colliding “head-on” with another car.

According to the Illinois State Police, this fatal Homer Glen car accident occurred at Archer Avenue just south of 135th Street.  The crash happened at 9:26 p.m.

According to the preliminary car accident investigation, the crash happened as one vehicle was traveling north on Archer when it crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the other car.

The northbound car was driven by Arunas Augustaitis, 62, from Elk Grove Village.  The southbound car was driven by Jennifer Balice, 36, of Lemont.

Jennifer Balice was declared dead at the accident scene.  Arunas Augustaitis was declared dead after being taken to the hospital.

The car accident investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the October 22, 2018 NBC Chicago article titled “2 Dead in Homer Glen crash“:

Alcohol was suspected in the crash but state police said an investigation was ongoing.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Homer Glen car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the October 22 Lemont Patch article titled “Lemont Woman Killed In Head-On Crash.”

As discussed on the “Will County ‘Head-On Collisions’” page, for various reasons when two vehicles collide “head-on,” accident injuries are often very serious, if not immediately life-threatening.  Such collisions are often highly forceful, and can result in vehicle occupants being subject to many unnatural pressures.  The resulting injuries can be especially serious to a driver or passenger if the person is not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

“Head-on collisions” can be very hard to avoid as they often happen very quickly and usually without warning.

Rollover Crash In Bolingbrook Results In Two People Injured

A rollover crash occurred early Sunday (October 21, 2018) in Bolingbrook.  The crash involved two vehicles.   Two people were injured and taken to the hospital following this rollover crash.

Details on the crash appear to be limited at this time.  The reason for the accident does not appear to be publicly disclosed.

The rollover crash happened at approximately 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of Lily Cache Road and Schmidt Road.

As seen in accident scene photos in the October 21, 2018 Naperville Patch article titled “Rollover Crash Injures 2,” the rollover left the SUV on its side.

As discussed on the “Will County Rollover Accidents” page, there are many reasons as to why a vehicle might roll.  However, there are a few factors that make a rollover crash more likely to occur.  These factors include excessive speed and loss of vehicle control, as well as the type and contour of the roadway.

An excerpt from that page:

Given the demographic and traffic aspects of Will County, one would expect there to be a significant number of rollover crashes.  Various recent Will County crashes involving rollovers have been summarized on this site.  Those crashes include accidents in Joliet, Lockport Township, unincorporated Manhattan Township, Channahon Township, and Romeoville.

One key safety issue during a rollover crash is whether vehicle occupants are wearing seat belts.  Those who are not are at risk of being ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle.  As seen in many Chicago-area accidents in which ejections have occurred, such ejections often lead to serious accident injuries which can be life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding the Bolingbrook rollover crash as well as the broader issue of rollover accidents and their consequences can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Truck Accident On I-80 Between Chicago Street and Larkin Avenue

There was a October 2, 2018 truck accident on I-80 which involved several trucks.

Details on the accident as well as the resulting accident injuries appear to be limited at this time.

This truck accident on I-80 is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the October 2, 2018 Channahon Patch article titled “Bad I-80 Wreck In Joliet Shuts Down Traffic.”

An excerpt:

Westbound traffic along Interstate 80 in Joliet has come to a crawl after a collision involving several trucks in the westbound lanes.

The crash happened between Chicago Street and Larkin Avenue.

As seen in the accident scene photo, it appears as if one of the trucks rolled over and another semi truck went into the median.

As a result of the crash, the westbound lanes of I-80 were closed.

As discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page, due to various reasons there are a significant number of truck accidents that occur in Will County.  Truck traffic is heavy in the county.  As seen in the Will County truck accident statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation data, there were over 1000 Will County truck accidents in 2016 (the most recent year of accident data.)  Of these crashes, over 900 involved semi trucks.

There are many reasons that semi trucks are prone to be involved in accidents.  Among these reasons is that semi trucks take a long time to slow down or come to a stop;  as well, due to their weight they can be hard to control during hard braking.

As well, due to the amount of time truck drivers spend driving, semi truck drivers can experience significant fatigue and drowsiness issues.   As seen in many Illinois semi truck accidents, these fatigue and drowsiness issues have caused many truck accidents.  Some of these crashes have involved the truck driver falling asleep while driving.

Additional details and possible updates concerning the truck accident on I-80 discussed above as well as the broader issue of Will County truck accidents can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents In Tinley Park On September 19, 2018

In Tinley Park Thursday (September 20, 2018) evening there were two multi-vehicle accidents that involved accident injuries.

The two multi-vehicle accidents (MVAs) are discussed in the Mokena Patch article of September 21, 2018 titled “2 Multi-Vehicle Crashes Happen Blocks Apart On 167th Street.”

As seen in the article, one of the multi-vehicle accidents, at 167th and Ridgeland Avenue, involved a four-car collision.  An accident scene photo shows a collision between a car and SUV.

The other multi-vehicle accident happened at 167th and Gentry Lane.

In both of these multi-vehicle accidents, details on accident injuries are not provided.  However, in the 167th and Gentry Lane crash a helicopter was flown to the accident.

When one is injured in an accident, it is recommended that a thorough medical exam is conducted.  This medical exam, which may be conducted in the hospital Emergency Room (ER), serves many purposes.

During a vehicle accident, there are a broad range of serious injuries that can occur.  These injuries can include broken bones, external and internal bleeding, skin abrasions, injuries to the back and neck, chest trauma and various types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  Burn injuries can occur if a fire breaks out at the accident scene.

Due to the accident injuries that can occur, as well as the possible difficulty in knowing what injuries have occurred, a thorough medical exam is often conducted to identify accident injuries and best determine how to treat them.  While many accident injuries will be readily apparent, some injuries may not be readily apparent at the time of the accident or even for a considerable amount of time after the accident.  Among these injuries that may not be readily apparent are various types of traumatic brain injuries as well as internal bleeding.  Both of these types of injuries can prove to be life-threatening, especially if they are not promptly and properly treated.  A thorough medical exam can help determine if there are accident injuries that have occurred and need to be treated.

Fatal Bolingbrook Car Accident On I-55 Exit Ramp

There was a fatal Bolingbrook car accident on I-55 that apparently involved a loss of vehicle control.  The driver in this fatal Bolingbrook car accident died in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Details on the accident appear somewhat limited at this time.

The crash occurred as a car was driving on the I-55 south ramp in Bolingbrook that leads to Route 53.  This single-vehicle fatal Bolingbrook car accident resulted in the death of the driver, identified by the Will County Coroner’s office as Brandon Brown, 25, of Channahon.  He was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m.

The accident involved Brown’s car leaving the roadway and striking a pole.

The car accident investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 10, 2018 Channahon Patch article titled “Channahon Man Dies In I-55 Fatality Near Bolingbrook” as well as the September 10, 2018 The Herald-News article titled “Channahon man, 25, dies in overnight crash.”

The subject of vehicle loss of control is further discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page.  As discussed on this page, there can be many reasons as to why a driver can lose control of a vehicle.  While some loss of control events are caused by the actions of the driver, others causes are outside of the control of the driver.  Among those factors outside of the control of the driver are defective auto parts or auto components that can fail and lead to a crash.

Road Hazards And The Threat To Traffic Safety In Illinois And Will County

The threat to safe driving presented by road hazards is discussed on the “Will County Road Hazards” page.  As seen on that page, road hazards can take many forms.  Among the most dangerous road hazards are those objects that hit vehicles as they drive down the expressway or other roadway.  These objects can include tires and wheels which have detached (often called “wheel separations”) from other vehicles.  One such Chicago-area accident that involved a wheel that had detached off of a SUV and fatally struck a driver in a car as the driver was traveling on the Bishop Ford Freeway.

Other types of road hazards can include high standing water on the roadway.  Depending on the depth of the water and other characteristics, this standing water can cause hydroplaning or other adverse impacts on vehicle handling, which can lead to a loss of vehicle control.

Another type of road hazard is large potholes or other types of substantial road deformities which, if hit by a vehicle, can cause the driver to lose control.  On this site various Will County traffic hazards of this type have been summarized.

One of the reasons that road hazards are potentially dangerous is that they often are unexpected; as well, they can suddenly appear and as such may leave the motorist with little reaction time to successfully react to the hazard.

As well, if the motorist is driving at night or other situations with limited visibility, these road hazards can be especially problematical.

On August 30, 2018 NBC Chicago aired a video segment titled “More Than 9,000 Crashes on Illinois Roads Caused By Debris.”  The segment discusses one type of road hazard, debris that is sitting on the roadway.  If hit or run over by a vehicle, such debris can cause a range of adverse effects, including a loss of control and/or a crash.

An excerpt from the article:

Seventeen people have been killed in crashes caused by debris on Illinois roadways, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s most recent data.

From 2012 to 2016, more than 9,000 accidents have resulted in more than 1,500 people injured.

As seen in the segment, there is a wide range of items that IDOT has found on the roadway, including kitchen sinks, grills, and mattresses.

Additional details and possible updates concerning road hazards and road debris can be seen in the sources mentioned above.