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Traffic Safety

Drivable Accidents and Accidents Not Involving Personal Injury

  • Move out of the Flow of Traffic.  If you are involved in a traffic accident and you determine that there are no personal injuries and the vehicles are drivable, please get the vehicles out of the flow of traffic.  You do not want another accident involving other passing motorists.
  • Call The Police Department.  This depends upon your location.  If you do not know who to call, call 911 and they will assist you.
  • Reporting the Accident.  Once a police officer arrives, we will be happy to take your traffic accident report.  You will be given a case number.  This is the report number.  You will also be given an accident form (Sr1) from the Secretary of State.  You are required to fill this form out and mail it to the Secretary of State's Office if there is more than $500.00 worth of damages on the vehicles.  Mail it to the Secretary of State within the next ten (10) days.  Don't forget to make yourself a copy of the form before you send it in.
  • Obtain a Copy of Your Accident Report. Once filed, you may obtain a copy of your report by visiting the Streamwood Police Department (401 E Irving Park Road).  You may also obtain the report electronically, for a small fee.  Click here to access this service.
  • Don't Wait to Make Your Report.  Call right away.  Even if a report cannot be taken at that time, it is important to notify the proper authorities.  When you get home, call your insurance agent and give them the report number and any other information that you have concerning the accident.

Non-Drivable Accidents or Personal Injury Accidents

  • Call 911 Immediately!  If you are involved in a traffic accident where the vehicle becomes non-drivable or there is personal injury, call or have someone else call 911 immediately.  Be sure to give the dispatcher the location of the accident.  The Police will be sent out to investigate your accident.  If there are injuries, make sure you tell the dispatcher the nature of the injuries and the Fire Department will be notified.  Help will be sent.

If You're A Victim of a Hit and Run Accident

  • Don't Chase a Hit and Run Driver!  If you are involved in a traffic accident and the other party involved drives off before you get the driver's name and information, do not pursue the other driver.  You do not want to get into a high speed chase and into another accident.
  • Call 911 Immediately!  Call 911 immediately and tell the dispatcher that the other driver left the scene.  Give the best description possible of the driver, the type of vehicle and license plate number, and the direction the hit and run was traveling.  A flash message will be given to the Police in the area over the radio telling them of the wanted driver in your hit and run accident.  An officer will be sent to the scene to handle your accident report.

Cellular Phone Tips

Avoid unnecessary driving distractions when using your cellular telephone:

  1. Safe driving is your first priority.
    Always buckle up, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
  2. Make sure that your phone is positioned where it is easy to see and easy to reach.
    Be familiar with the operation of your phone, so that you’re comfortable using it on the road.
  3. Use a hands-free microphone while driving.
    Make sure your phone is dealer-installed to get the best possible sound quality.
  4. Use the speed dialing feature to program infrequently called numbers.
    Then you can make a call by touching only two or three buttons. Most phones will store up to 99 numbers.
  5. When dialing manually without the speed dialing feature, dial only when stopped.
    If you can’t stop, or pull over, dial a few digits, then survey traffic before completing the call (Better yet, have a passenger dial).
  6. Never take notes while driving.
    Pull off the road to jot something down: if it’s a phone number, many mobile phones have an electronic scratchpad that allows you to key in a new number while having a conversation.
  7. Let your wireless network’s voice mail pick up your calls when it’s inconvenient or unsafe to answer the car phone.
    You can even use your voice mail to leave yourself reminders.
  8. Be a Cellular Samaritan.
    Dialing 911 is a free call for cellular subscribers; use it to report crimes in progress or other potential life-threatening emergencies, traffic crashes or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

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