According to the most recent statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 285,477 accidents involving motor vehicles on state roads in 2013. Out of those crashes:
The IDOT reports that the following vehicles were involved in the majority of the state’s crashes in 2013:
On average, each motor vehicle accident-related emergency department visit in the U.S. carries a cost of $3,300, while each hospitalization costs about $57,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Of course, costs vary depending on many different factors, including a victim’s age and the severity of the injuries suffered. Other damages must also be considered, including lost income and pain and suffering.
The Chicago lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have experience with handling a wide variety of vehicle accident cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We understand the unique issues that different types of accidents present, and we are committed to seeking full and fair compensation for each one of our clients.
Our experience includes:
Car accidents –
A majority of passenger car wrecks are due to driver carelessness or recklessness, including drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving and speeding.
Truck accidents –
Crashes involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial typically involve the need for immediate investigation, multiple parties (including out-of-state and foreign companies) and careful navigation of state and federal rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry.
Motorcycle accidents –
Motorcycle riders frequently are struck and injured by a car or truck because the other driver failed to look or made some other careless maneuver.
Bicycle accidents –
Illinois law defines bicycles as vehicles and gives bicyclists the same rights and responsibilities as others who use the state’s roads. Those rights must be protected, including the right to be compensated for one’s losses after an accident that was someone else’s fault.
Pedestrian accidents –
A pedestrian hit by a car is almost certain to suffer serious and potentially fatal injuries. The elderly and disabled face the highest risk of being involved in a pedestrian-car collision.
Boating accidents –
Many boaters fail to take appropriate classes for operating boats or see a day on the lake as a party and operate their boats while drunk, distracted or otherwise acting irresponsibly.
Jet Ski accidents –
Anyone who operates a PWC with disregard for the safety of others can be held liable for damages they cause. If the design of the PWC has caused a malfunction that led to an injury, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Bus accidents –
Privately operated tour buses often lack important safety features and are operated by companies that negligently hire and fail to supervise dangerous drivers.
Public transportation accidents –
Agencies that offer public transportation such as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) can be held liable if negligence among their employees or operations puts the safety of passengers at risk.
Forklift / work vehicle accidents –
Forklifts and other heavy equipment (bulldozers, backhoes, graders, hydraulic lifts or cranes) are a leading cause of workplace injuries.
Aviation accidents –
Accidents involving private, commercial or corporate airplanes and jets, helicopters, ultra-light planes, hot air balloons or hydrofoils are require technical investigations to determine what went wrong and why.
What You Should Know About Illinois Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are five important items to know if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Illinois:
- Compensation – A vehicle accident claim in Illinois may seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring or disfigurement, loss of a normal life and other damages. Wrongful death compensation may be sought by eligible family members whose loved one was killed in a crash.
- Comparative fault – If you are determined to be more than 50 percent responsible for a vehicle accident, you may be barred from recovering damages. If you are less than 50 percent at fault, your damages may be reduced accordingly.
- Passengers’ rights – Passengers injured in accidents caused by others, including the driver of the vehicle they were riding in, may seek to recover for their injuries and damages.
- Statute of limitations – With few exceptions, a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois must be filed within two years of the vehicle accident. A wrongful death claim must be filed within one year of the deceased individual’s death. You must take into account the time necessary to investigate the accident, making it important to get legal help as soon as possible after a crash.
- For-profit insurance companies – An insurance company’s goal is to protect its profits. The company needs to pay as little as possible for every claim. This is why you should never accept a settlement offer without having an experienced vehicle accident attorney review your case.
Contact an Illinois Vehicle Accident Attorney
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. offers free consultations. We can provide a thorough review your case, including any settlement offer you may have received from an insurance company, and we can protect your right to just compensation for your losses after a vehicle accident. We work with clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois. To learn more, simply call or contact us online today.