With spring here and summer right around the corner, it is not uncommon this time of year to see more pedestrian and bicyclists on the roads enjoying the spring weather. As more people venture out to enjoy the season, it becomes crucial for motorists to be more observant and vigilant when behind the wheel, and to look out for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
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.
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.
The brain is like the engine that operates the body. For that reason, any head injury should be taken seriously. Unfortunately, one Illinois medical facility allegedly failed to detect the bleeding inside a man's brain and the consequences were tragic.
When a person's death is caused by the actions or inactions of another person, a wrongful death action is possible for surviving family members and certain other people. In Illinois, such legal actions are allowed so that compensation and damages can be secured from the responsible parties. The amount of compensation must be fair and just to cover the losses incurred by those who file suit.
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.
As in every other state, car accidents are common in Illinois. Most accidents are minor and cause minimal damage and injuries. Single-car accidents are generally not reported unless someone is seriously injured or dies. If a peron is killed due to another's negligence, then the family of the person killed may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
A loved one's death often causes an entire family to mourn. The loss is usually easier to accept if it comes from natural causes such as disease, a medical condition or age-related illness. If the loved one died because of someone else's actions or inactions, however, the family may want some measure of justice in order to better accept the person's death. If negligence was a contributing factor to a person's demise, then surviving family members may be entitled to financial compensation based on their incurred losses.
While the death of a family member or a relative can devastate a family, the pain can feel amplified if the death is a result of a motor vehicle accident, particularly when it stems from a negligent or reckless driver. When someone dies in a preventable accident, the death itself may be considered "wrongful." The family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation if the death was caused by someone else's failure to exercise due caution while driving.
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.