For many people, driving a car is a fact of life. Even though many people drive a car, at some point most drivers will park their vehicle, walk and may even have to cross streets to get to their final destination. Alhough most of us do not think about it, at any point during our driving, walking and crossing, an accident could occur and cause serious injuries or even death.
At some point in their lives, most of our Illinois residents have likely walked to and from point A to point B. When an individual travels on foot, they are choosing to walk as their mode of transportation and, by definition, they are a pedestrian. According to a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian fatalities have increased in recent years.
Car accidents can occur in a blink of an eye but change the lives of victims forever. Distracted driving, unfortunately, leads to car accidents each year. Over 3,300 victims were killed in both 2011 and 2012 in distraction-related car crashes and 421,000 victims were injured in distraction-related car crashes in 2012. Car accidents can leave victims with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages or worse.
Car accidents are common throughout the United States, including in Illinois, but they are more common in large urban areas with streets and highways that are crowded with traffic day and night. Unfortunately, when cars and other vehicles collide, their occupants are vulnerable to injuries from the minor to the extremely serious and even the life threatening. In the worst cases, people die from collisions. Too often, the cause is negligence, and one of the worst acts of negligence is to drive while intoxicated.
With car accidents so common in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States, government officials and agencies that are responsible for preventing them whenever possible continually examine data from around the country to determine their main causes. For decades the primary causes were known to be drunk driving, failure to observe traffic regulations and sleep deprivation. However, in the past two decades distracted driving has become extremely common and is now considered a leading cause of all car accidents. Among the most common distracted driving behaviors are the use of cellphones and smartphones to send and receive voice and text messages.
As Illinois residents know, car accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. The majority of car accidents involve at least two vehicles, although single-car accidents are also common. When two cars are involved in a collision, one or both parties involved may have been acting negligently before the collision. Accident investigators routinely try to establish the relative contributions of each party to the crash during their investigation. The party that is found to be wholly or predominantly negligent is most likely to be found liable for the crash.
Car accidents continue to be the leading cause of personal injury claims in the United States. In Illinois, car accidents are frequent, causing catastrophic injuries and death. Motor vehicle accidents can result from a variety of conditions, including extreme weather, road conditions, mechanical malfunctions and driver error. Experts continue to work at determining general causes of accidents and finding ways to prevent them.
Collisions between two cars are the most common type of traffic accidents on roadways in most of the country, including Illinois. These auto accidents often produce catastrophic injuries and deaths. Naturally, after any car accident, the question of who was at fault arises. If you were involved in a car accident and have sustained injuries as a result of that collision, then you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation. You may be, but first fault and liability must be established.
Auto accidents in Illinois have the potential to severely injure victims, or even result in death. Some accidents occur because of weather and road conditions, but others are the result of negligent actions on the part of drivers, whether they involve recklessness, speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drivers who are negligent put their own lives as well as other people's lives at risk. For this reason, they can be held criminally liable and may also be subject to civil lawsuits.
Car accidents happen in an instant; and in that instant, it may be the case that the accident will yield damaged property and catastrophic injuries for those involved. Car collisions can be caused by driver negligence, such as texting and driving, drunk driving and failure to comply with traffic rules and regulations. A driver in Illinois who is found negligent in the crash may face civil liabilities.