According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Crash Data Overview (pdf), in the year 2012 there were 18,227 crashes in DuPage County. 21 of these crashes included fatalities; 4,167 of these 18,227 crashes involved injuries.
There are many different reasons for DuPage County, Illinois car accidents or other type of vehicle accidents. Regardless of the cause or apparent severity of such an accident, should you be involved in an accident, it is important that you protect both your health as well as your legal rights.
From a health perspective, it is important that you have a thorough health check following an accident, to make sure that any injuries that you may have are properly treated. Of note, some injuries – including serious injuries – may not be immediately apparent after an accident. As such, if a proper medical assessment is not performed, you may risk serious health problems later.
From a legal perspective, should you be involved in a vehicle accident, you do not want to jeopardize the potential to receive monetary compensation. Contacting a qualified Illinois car accident lawyer to discuss the legal situation will help you protect your legal rights. Even though the period immediately after a vehicle accident can be both physically and emotionally traumatic – and, as such, you may feel like delaying talking with a lawyer – there are steps that should be taken after a vehicle accident in order to maximize your potential for monetary compensation.
Some common types of Illinois vehicle accidents, aside from car accidents, include the following:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Train accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
These accidents can happen for various reasons, and many of these reasons can be beyond the control of the vehicle’s driver or occupants. As an example, one contributor to DuPage County and other Chicago-area vehicle accidents in the winter of 2013-2014 was icy road conditions, which occurred during cold temperatures, especially at night. There were several instances where “black ice” was present on Chicago-area roadways. These types of weather-related roadway conditions, as well as traffic hazards are often beyond the control of the driver.
However, most vehicle accidents that occur in DuPage County as well as the greater Chicago area do involve the interaction of two or more vehicles, and accidents – and vehicle accident injuries – result. These accidents are caused by the recklessness or negligence of one driver.
Types of vehicle accidents that may result from driver negligence include:
- “Wrong-way driver” crashes
- Drunk driving crashes
- Distracted driving crashes
- Inattentive driving crashes
- Reckless driving crashes
- “Driving too fast for conditions” crashes
- “Failure to yield” crashes
Elman Joseph Law Group’s car accident lawyers frequently represent those who have been injured in vehicle accidents, and also handle cases of those who have been killed by the negligent or reckless actions of others.
If you have been injured in a DuPage County accident – or any accident within Illinois – or if a loved one has been killed in an Illinois accident, receive a free consultation with Elman Joseph Law Group’s lawyers at (773) 392-8182.