Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common causes of preventable injuries in Illinois and the United States. Each time you get into a vehicle, whether it is a car, bus, truck or motorcycle, there is a risk that you will be involved in an accident due to no fault of your own. Illinois law allows accident victims to pursue a legal claim for financial damages after an accident. Below are some of the most common types of motor vehicle accident lawsuits.
“>Car Accident. More than 38,000 people die, and 1.5 million are injured each year in car accidents. Speeding, distracted driving (such as cellphone use or texting), driver fatigue, drunk driving and running red lights cause some of the worst crashes. Often, these collisions result in serious injury, severely limiting an accident victim’s ability to work and live their life the way they intended.
Truck Accident. Nearly 14 percent of all fatal traffic accidents each year involves a large truck. Large trucks, buses, semis, tractor-trailers, and big rigs cause more than 5,000 deaths and 150,000 injuries each year. Truck drivers have very large blind spots, take wider turns, and take a lot longer to stop than cars. Truck drivers cause some accidents, but they can also be the victims when another driver is not mindful of being extra cautious around a large truck.
Motorcycle Accident. More than 5,000 motorcyclists die, and 85,000 sustain injuries each year in accidents nationwide. Motorcycle riders are 39 times more likely to die in an accident and eight times more at risk for injuries than car occupants. Motorcyclists are more susceptible to road hazards and weather conditions, and they are less visible to other drivers, making them more at risk for accidents.
Auto/Pedestrian Accident. More than 5,000 pedestrians die, and 75,000 pedestrians sustain injuries each year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way when turning at an intersection. In urban areas, pedestrian accidents increase because parked vehicles can impair a driver’s visibility.
Auto/Bicyclist Accident. More than 800 people die, and 49,000 suffer injuries each year in automobile and bicycles accidents. Motorists have a harder time seeing bicyclists, so they are more vulnerable to being cut off or hit by a vehicle.