One person has been killed and several others have been injured in a Tri-State Tollway crash in Lake County, according to the Illinois State Police.
Motorist Ejected in Tri-State Tollway Crash
The fatal Tri-State Tollway crash took place on northbound I-94 at Milepost 21, west of Lake Forest and east of Vernon Hills, at around 12:45 p.m. on August 3, 2020. At that time, a white 2020 Toyota was reportedly headed north on the Tri-State Highway at a high rate of speed. Its driver then allegedly lost control of the Toyota and collided with a blue 2013 Honda traveling in a different lane. The force of the impact caused the Toyota to roll several times before coming to rest on the left shoulder, while the Honda came to a stop across two lanes.
During the Tri-State Tollway crash, one person was ejected from the Toyota and later pronounced dead at the scene. Another person was found trapped in the vehicle. That person was extricated by first responders and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Additionally, the Illinois State Police reported that two of the three people in the Honda were also taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All three lanes of northbound I-94 were blocked at the scene of the Tri-State Tollway crash.
Dangers of Speeding
While the investigation is still ongoing, it appears that a significant factor in this tragic Tri-State Tollway crash may have been speeding, which is defined as either driving faster the posted limit or at an unsafe rate for road conditions, such as those involving heavy rain, snow, ice, or other surface defects. While drivers largely avoid speeding because they are worried about citations, fines, traffic school, higher insurance premiums, or loss of their driver’s licenses, it should also be clear that the most significant reason not to speed is that it can kill.
The link between speeding and traffic deaths has been borne out by statistical evidence. One 1996 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that motor vehicle fatalities in states that raised their speed limits increased more than in those that did not do so. Why is speeding so dangerous?
- Speeding lowers the amount of time that a driver has to avoid a crash.
- Crashes involving speeding vehicles are much more likely to be severe, with the impact doubling with every 10-mph increase for speeds in excess of 50 mph.
- Speeding drivers have a greater chance of engaging in other reckless activities, such as not wearing seatbelts.
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