Did you know that there were 998 auto accident fatalities in Illinois in 2015? According to a fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 32,166 deadly car crashes in the U.S. in 2015 that resulted in 35,092 fatalities. Many of these accidents are avoidable, resulting from another driver’s aggressive or distracted behavior behind the wheel. No one should have to leave the house and worry about whether a serious motor vehicle collision will result in serious or fatal injuries. However, the statistics show that crashes happen more often than most of us would like to think, and as such, it is important to know how you can seek financial compensation for your losses.
When a car accident happens, you may be able to file a claim against the negligent driver. An experienced Melrose Park auto accident lawyer can examine the specific facts of your case and can help you to understand the options that might be available to you for obtaining compensation for your losses.
Where do most Illinois car accidents happen? And are some types of crashes more common than others? The IIHS fact sheet cites some of the following information about Illinois collisions:
Given some of these statistics, it is extremely important for Melrose Park drivers and passengers to avoid drinking and driving and to wear their seatbelts at all times behind the wheel. What other factors lead to car accidents, and thus can be avoided with careful driving behavior? According to a crash causation report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following are among the most common causes for crashes in Illinois and throughout the United States:
Impaired driving and distracted driving are major causes of car accidents. Under Illinois law, it is illegal to talk or text on a cell phone—or, indeed, to use any kind of electronic communication device while you are behind the wheel. As such, any driver who was using a cell phone to talk, to send messages, or to surf the web at the time of the crash may be liable for the accident.
It is important to file your car accident claim as soon as possible. In personal injury lawsuits, there is a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time you have to file a claim. In most cases, Illinois law specifies that a plaintiff has two years from the date of the injury to file her claim. The clock usually begins “ticking” from the date of the accident.
Were you injured in a car accident in Illinois? It is important to discuss your case with a Melrose Park car accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact Arami Law Office today to learn more about seeking compensation for your losses.
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