In the United States, a large percentage of the population drives on a daily basis. Getting behind the wheel is a necessary part of many people's lives, but even though the roads are generally considered to be safe, there is always the risk that a collision may occur. When crashes take place at high speeds, drivers and passengers can suffer serious or even fatal injuries, but even low-speed collisions and seemingly minor fender-benders can cause a person to suffer physical or emotional harm, as well as thousands of dollars in damage to their vehicle. When an accident is somebody else's fault, you deserve to be repaid for all the ways it has affected your life.
Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C. knows the drastic effects that a motor vehicle collision can have on a person and their family, he has more than 15 years of experience representing personal injury victims. He believes in fighting for the rights of those who have been injured because of other people's negligence, and we work to make sure our clients receive the respect, response, and results to help them recover from their injuries. With millions recovered on behalf of his clients, he can provide you with the legal representation to make sure you are fully repaid for the damages suffered in a car accident.
How Many Car Accidents Occur in Illinois?
Every year, there are more than 250,000 car accidents in the state of Illinois, and these crashes result in over 60,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths. While the majority of these accidents occur in the areas surrounding Chicago.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accident Injuries?
Many common causes of car accidents involve negligence on the part of drivers, but in some cases, other parties may be at fault, such as a city, county, or state government that was responsible for maintaining safe roads. We can assist with auto accidents involving:
Construction Zones - Work zones or construction areas can often be hazardous due to closed lanes, narrow roadways, unfamiliar traffic patterns, and the presence of large equipment. Accidents in these areas can occur because drivers do not follow reduced speed limits or take extra care to avoid workers, equipment, or other vehicles, or a lack of adequate signs, traffic cones, or other warning markers may cause drivers to leave the roadway or collide with machinery.
Dangerous Highways - Collisions can occur on interstate highways in Illinois, such as I-55, I-90, and I-94, due to traffic moving at high speeds, drivers sharing the road with large trucks, and dangerous weather such as snow, ice, and strong winds. Accidents can also occur on state highways, especially in rural areas where visibility may be limited due to tall crops or when drivers must share the road with tractors and farm equipment
Distracted Driving - Drivers sometimes do not pay full attention to the act of driving, and taking one's eyes off the road or one's hands off the steering wheel can lead to dangerous collisions. Some forms of driver negligence that involve distractions include talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, drinking, or grooming while driving, as well as changing radio settings, conversing with passengers, or reaching for objects inside a vehicle
Drunk Driving - Intoxication by alcohol, marijuana, or controlled substances can make it impossible for a person to operate a vehicle safely, and this can cause a driver to be unable to avoid colliding with other vehicles, pedestrians, or obstacles
Failure To Stop - Speeding, failure of vehicle equipment such as brakes, or inattention to the road can cause a driver to be unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid a collision
Head-On Collisions - Drivers may leave their lane and travel into oncoming traffic, and this can cause incredibly dangerous and deadly collisions, especially when cars are traveling at high speeds
Open Intersections - Rural roads may have unmarked intersections without signs or traffic signals, and navigating these intersections can be difficult, since drivers may be unsure about who has the right of way. Failure to pay close attention to traffic at these intersections can result in car accidents and injuries
Rear-End Collisions - In most cases, a person who strikes another vehicle from the rear will be considered to be at fault for the accident. Victims can suffer serious injuries such as whiplash or traumatic brain injuries
Rollover Accidents - When a driver loses control of their vehicle and goes into a skid, a car or truck may turn over, and this can lead to injuries for the vehicle's occupants or anyone else involved in a collision. Rollovers often affect top-heavy vehicles, but they can also occur on roads where vehicles are traveling at high speeds
Uber & Lyft Rideshare Accidents - Victims of car accidents involving drivers for rideshare companies may find it difficult to recover compensation, since these companies consider workers to be independent contractors rather than employees. In some cases, passengers or people in other vehicles may be injured because a company failed to screen out an unqualified or dangerous driver.
Uninsured & Underinsured Motorists - If a person who was at fault in a car accident did not have enough insurance coverage, victims may be able to receive coverage under their own insurance policy, or they may have other avenues for pursuing compensation.
How Much Is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
The amount that you may be able to receive for a car accident will depend on the extent of the injuries and property damage you have suffered. You should be fully repaid for all expenses resulting from a crash, as well as any non-economic losses you have suffered. These damages may include:
- The costs of medical treatment, including emergency medical care and ongoing therapies or expenses related to a disability
- Lost wages, including income that you were unable to earn while recovering and any impairment to your ability to earn income in the future
- Pain and suffering, including physical and emotional pain experienced by you and your family, as well as loss of life in the case of wrongful death
- Punitive damages meant to punish a person who violated the law or endangered others by acting recklessly, such as a drunk driver
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C. provides the legal help you need to ensure that you are repaid for all of the ways the crash has affected your life. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today!