A man died early Friday morning in a single car accident on Identa Road near Yorkville. CBS Chicago reports that this is the fourth recent fatal car accident in Kendall County on Route 126.
The 24-year-old Oswego man who died in Friday failed to negotiate a curve, overcorrected his vehicle, and then drove off of the other side of the road. The car then became airborne when he crashed into a culvert and rolled at least once.
Four aspects of this car crash are common in many Illinois crashes:
- Young driver: car accidents are the leading killer of Illinois teens and young adults. Young drivers are more likely to speed and engage in negligent driving habits such as texting while driving.
- Lack of seatbelt use: using a seatbelt is the single most important safety measure a driver can take. Individuals who fail to wear seatbelts are likely to be thrown from a car and die of blunt force injuries. In this case, the young Oswego man was not buckled in at the time of the crash and was ejected.
- Alcohol: drunk driving is suspected as a contributing factor in this crash. Drunk driving is a problem for drivers of all genders and ages, but young men are statistically more likely to be involved in a drunk driving crash than other demographics.
- Overcorrection: This accident primarily happened when the driver overcorrected his vehicle and ran off of the road. Overcorrections, or “over-steering” accidents are common. Overcorrecting happens when a driver steers too dramatically and loses control of his or her vehicle. Overcorrected vehicles are likely to roll and often hit oncoming traffic.