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Barrington car accident attorneyRecent reports reveal some startling car accident fatality statistics in Illinois. It is worth understanding them to adjust your driving accordingly and drive defensively to avoid any accidents. Even with a skilled attorney and good car insurance, it is never worth risking minor to fatal injuries or permanent damage to your vehicle, and an extra nudge of awareness can go a long way in helping to prepare you for the next time you get behind the wheel. With all of that said, never hesitate to reach out to a respected car accident attorney in Illinois if you or a loved one ever suffer the unfortunate circumstance of being in a car accident.

First Quarter Illinois Car Accident Statistics

You do not typically see such drastic changes in automotive fatality rates from year to year, but 2020 is shaping up to be a year like none other. The National Safety Council recently released a surprising statistic, revealing an 11 percent increase in the number of people who have died from car accident fatalities in the first quarter of 2020. Even though most Americans began quarantining in March this year, a nationwide increase of 14 percent in car accident fatalities was reported.

Experts speculate that there are a few reasons for this jump in numbers, but fortunately, awareness can increase your safety. First, since most people are not driving as much as usual, the roads are far less congested. For that reason, drivers are tempted to recklessly speed and pay less attention to the road than they normally do. Even if a driver is not particularly careless, many people are turning their keys in the ignition after not driving for weeks or even months. They may have already lost their sense of familiarity with their vehicles and are a bit rusty when it comes to responding to external cues on the road.

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Barrington car accident attorneyIt can be difficult to remain calm immediately after a car accident, but that time is crucial when trying to determine who is at fault. Without the proper information, you or a loved one could risk losing deserved compensation because you are unable to prove that the majority of the fault lay with the other driver. The statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years in Illinois, making it critical for you to get in touch with a car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. While every accident is unique, it is important to heed the following guidelines when determining fault: 

Common Forms of Car Accidents and Who Is At Fault

Illinois is an “at fault” state, which means that both drivers in a car accident can try to make an argument that the other driver was more at fault. The court may then use percentages to determine where fault resides, and the party who is most at fault may be required to pay damages to the other party. If you were involving in any of the following types of accidents, you and your attorney can use a variety of forms of evidence to demonstrate that the other driver was at fault:

  • Turning Vehicle: If one driver was turning and the other was not, the former would typically be at fault, since it is their responsibility to make sure that it was safe to turn in the first place.  On the other hand, if the non-turning driver was speeding, ran a red light, or broke another traffic law, they could be found at fault.

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Barrington drunk driving car accident attorney

For many people, the holidays are an opportunity to visit with friends, family, and loved ones. Ranging from dinner parties to work gatherings, the number of celebrations seem to be endless around this time of year. Depending on the occasion, alcoholic beverages may be served. For anyone who plans to drink, it is imperative to think ahead for a safe ride home. Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Illinois, and it can lead to devastating consequences, including life-threatening injuries and wrongful death. If you have been the victim of a car accident involving an intoxicated motorist, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. 

Holiday Drunk Driving Statistics

For a time of year that is supposed to bring joy and happiness, tragedy can often occur. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over the past five years, an average of 300 people have lost their lives due to drunk driving car accidents between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Even more shocking, 781 individuals died in December of 2016 because of an intoxicated motorist. Due to the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) this time of year, many police departments are likely to increase the number of officers and checkpoints on Illinois roadways.  

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Cook County car accident injury lawyer

Before getting behind the wheel of a car and hitting the road, it is important to remember that not everything is in your control. Car accidents can happen to any motorist at any time, regardless of whether the driver follows the rules of the road. In 2017, more than 6.45 million car accidents occurred throughout the United States. Actions taken after a collision can help determine whether medical attention is required, who is at fault, and if legal action needs to be taken. While planning for a vehicle collision is almost impossible, understanding the process of what to do after a crash can help you make sure you can recover compensation from those who were responsible.

The Type of Collision Can Affect the Outcome

Based on the location and force of impact at the time of the accident, outcomes can differ significantly. For example, the aftermath of a rear-end collision could be drastically different from a head-on collision. Being struck from behind can result in whiplash, but colliding with another vehicle in front or being hit on the side or “T-boned” at an intersection can prove fatal in some cases. 

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