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Explaining the different ways that accidents can happen in Illinois
The way that an auto accident happens is important for a variety of reasons. Whether an accident was a head-on collision, a sideswipe, or occurred in some other way helps to determine fault. Rear-end collisions, for example, are almost always the fault of the rear car, or the one that strikes a car in front of it. Insurance companies, arbitrators, judges, and juries also often use the manner of the accident to help determine the severity of the physical harm. It’s much more understandable that a Chicago accident victim would suffer catastrophic injuries when a vehicle rolls over at high speed than collides in a 5-mph sideswipe.
At Gainsberg Law, our Chicago auto accident attorneys understand how to investigate and to prove the manner of the vehicle crash. We speak to our client, to witnesses, to the police called to the accident scene, and to any witnesses. Our legal team takes photographs of the scene, and reviews police reports, the vehicles involved in the crash, and all the relevant physical evidence. When necessary, we work with engineering and other experts who can help reconstruct the accident.
What is the most common cause of motor vehicle collisions?
The NHTSA has reported that driver error is responsible for about 94% of traffic crashes. The types of human error varied widely from distracted driving, which now contributes to about 16% of all fatal crashes per the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drunk driving, which the CDC reports accounts for more than 30% of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. driver fatigue, aggressive driving and speeding, which not only increases the risk of causing a crash, but also greatly increases the severity of the injuries and property damage in a crash.
Other factors that contribute to car accidents is poor weather conditions and mechanical malfunctions such as a tire blowout or faulty brakes.
Common types of vehicle accidents
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, and bicycles all crash in many of the same ways. The most common types of vehicle crashes are:
- Rear-end collisions. Most times, a rear-end collision is caused because the rear driver failed to hit the brakes in time. The failure is often due to speeding or driver distraction. It can also be due to defective brakes. On very rare occasions, the front car backs into the rear one. Often the driver and passengers in the front car suffer soft tissue injuries, including whiplash.
- Side-impact collisions. In this type of crash, also called a T-bone collision or a broadside accident, the front (or rear) of one vehicle directly hits the side of the second vehicle. Because the side of a vehicle offers much less protection than the front or the rear, the drivers and passenger in the car that was hit in the side are much more likely to suffer serious injuries or fatalities.
- Head-on collisions. This accident type occurs when the fronts of two different vehicles collide. They often occur at intersections or when one car is in the wrong lane of traffic because the driver is drunk or reckless. Front-end collisions are rare but often deadly.
- Sideswipe accident. Here, the sides of two vehicles collide with each other. These accidents often happen when two cars traveling in the same direction get too close to each other because of inattention, improper passing technique, or for other reasons.
- Vehicle rollover. This accident type is often deadly because the flipping over of the vehicle impacts the occupants and then by the forces created when the roof crushes into the ground. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs and jeeps, have a higher tendency to flip than other vehicles. Vehicles flip for many reasons, including because the driver is going too fast especially through a turn, the vehicles hits some obstruction, cargo falls, or a T-bone crash occurs at high speeds.
- Single-car crashes. Many drivers lose control of their car because they are texting while driving or going too fast. The passengers and bystanders who are injured due to driver negligence have a right to sue the irresponsible driver. If the accident was caused by poor road design or a defective car part, the driver and passengers may be able to sue the government or the company that made or sold the defective part.
- Multivehicle accidents. These accidents are often the deadliest because impacts can come from many different directions. They are the hardest to determine exactly what happened and who is liable. Our Chicago car accident lawyers have the experience victims need to get answers to these tough questions.
Drivers who violate traffic laws cause many accidents. Examples of traffic law violations that can lead to car accidents include failing to yield, passing improperly, speeding, and reckless driving. Some accidents are due to hit-and-run drivers who leave little trace of who they are.
How many people die in car crashes from not wearing a seat belt?
Safety belts can be the thing that stands between a person surviving a car accident and becoming a fatality statistic. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1-54, says the CDC. More than half of the people who died in traffic crashes in 2014 were unrestrained (not wearing a seat belt) at the time of the crash.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a traffic crash, the car accident attorneys at Gainsberg Law can represent your interests and fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage.
Speak with a professional Chicago auto accident attorney today
Delay can hurt your case. The sooner you speak to one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers, the sooner we can begin the investigation, which is necessary to determine how the accident occurred and which parties should be sued. Early intervention can also ensure you see the doctors you need for the best care. For answers to your questions, tough representation in court, and persuasive counsel with insurance adjustors, please call Gainsberg Law at 312-313-1621 or complete our contact form to arrange a consultation.