A Dependable IL Car Accident Lawyer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 2.2 million people were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2011. The number of fatal car accidents was even more frightening and the NHTSA estimates that fatal accidents throughout the United States increased between 2011 and 2012.
Each day millions of motorists get behind the wheel hoping to arrive to their destination safely. Unfortunately, many are met with hazards that are sometimes within their control and other times out of their control.
In Illinois, the Department of Transportation (DOT) recorded more than 281,700 motor vehicle collisions throughout the state. Over 900 persons were involved in fatal crashes. The total cost of these accidents was $5.5 billion including injuries and property damage.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash due to another individual’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. At Tapella & Eberspacher, we sympathize with how life-altering being involved in an accident can be, and we are dedicated to helping accident injury victims get the compensation they deserve.
For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your accident claim, fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right – it’s completely free to submit! Our staff will then contact you and connect you to one of our Illinois car accident lawyers.
Types of Car Accidents
Since there are many laws of the road and types of vehicles available, a person could be involved in many different types of car accidents. According to the Illinois DOT, there were more than 10 million registered vehicles throughout the state and a majority of accidents reported involves motor vehicles rather than trucks or motorcycles.
Some common types of car accidents include:
- Side-impact collisions
- Rear-end crashes
- Blind spot accidents
- Head-on collisions
Another type of crash is a hit-and-run accident wherein the party responsible for the accident flees the scene in order to avoid being held responsible. Hit-and-run collisions most commonly involve parked vehicles.
Causes of Car Accidents
Further statistics from the Illinois DOT note that approximately 38% of all fatal car accidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal .08 limit. There are many reasons why a person might be involved in a car crash and it is important to note that some of these types of accidents are completely preventable.
Some of the usual causes of an auto collision include:
- Driving while texting
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Distracted drivers
- Bad weather conditions
- Bad roads
- Failing to yield
- Failure to obey traffic signs/signals
- Fatigued driving
Some accidents are also caused by an animal such as a deer, and there were more than 18,000 of these types of accidents reported.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Thousands of people are injured each year in car crashes. The DOT reports that the costs of incapacitating and non-incapacitating injuries were approximately $93,000 in 2011. There are hazards inside and outside of a motor vehicle that cause a driver or passenger to be injured during a collision.
Some common car accident injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Sprain and strains
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Facial wounds
- Dental injuries
- Wrongful death
Psychological injuries are also a common after effect of a serious car accident. Many times, people experience anxiety or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder when they try to return to the road, which could prevent them from ever returning to driving.
What To Do After an Accident
Being involved in an accident can be a terrifying moment for all parties involved, but it is very important to try to remain as calm as possible. If someone has been injured, make sure to call for help as well as call the police so that a formal accident report may be filed.
Document the accident as best as you can by writing down any specific information you remember prior to the crash. Take photos of the scene and exchange insurance information with the other vehicles involved.
A driver should never leave the scene of an accident and should seek medical treatment if they believe they are injured. Oftentimes, insurance adjusters may rush to the scene of an accident in an effort to quickly obtain information that could hold them less accountable for the accident as they really are. It is important that a driver be aware that these insurance investigators may later decide to use this information against their claim and to consider speaking with an attorney to help deal with these insurance companies.
Contact our Illinois Auto Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a careless driver, our knowledgeable auto accident attorneys can help you fight for your rights. At Tapella & Eberspacher, our knowledgeable team of attorneys has been representing accident injury victims for many years.
Our primary offices are located in Charleston and O’Fallon, Illinois we proudly serve the following areas:
- Fairview Heights
…and many more surrounding neighborhoods. We are also proud to assist accident injury victims in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. To find out how we may be able to help you with your accident claim, contact us at 855-522-5291 for a no-fee, no-obligation, initial consultation. Our intake staff members will connect you with a lawyer best suited in handling your claim after a few initial questions about your accident.
If you prefer to contact us online, simply fill out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form at the top right hand corner of this page and your claim will be reviewed right away.