Chicago Car Accident Lawyers

Have you been injured in an accident in Chicago or Dyer?

Car accidents occur every day, in every city and in every town across the United States. In 2009 in Illinois, there were more than 900 traffic accidents involving fatalities and there were thousands more involving serious injuries requiring hospitalization. Tragic consequences are not uncommon in car accidents and victims are often left facing financial hardships. Chances are, with numbers this high, you may know someone or you yourself have been involved in a major car accident, whether it was caused by a drunk driver, poor road conditions, or seat belt defects.

Common Types of Car Accidents in Chicago

Car accidents can involve a variety of different circumstances, and all collisions can lead to serious injuries. Some of the most common types of car accidents include:

  • Head-on collisions: These accidents occur when, for whatever reason, the front of one vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Head-on collisions often result from one driver crossing over the center lane or divider and smashing into another car.
  • Rear-end collisions: These accidents occur when one vehicle collides into the back end of the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end collisions are the one of the most common type of accidents and are often the result of distracted driving, reckless driving, or intoxicated driving.
  • Roll-over accidents: These accidents are very dangerous and involve a vehicle rolling once or many times as the result of some sort of impact. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, vans, and passenger trucks, are most at risk for rollover.

Distracted Driving Takes Lives

If you were asked to close your eyes for six seconds while driving, you probably would not. But that is the approximate amount of time that you spend looking at a text message or using a cell phone while driving.

According the United States Census Bureau, from 2005 to 2009 the number of accidents involving distracted drivers reach about 4,898. It is important to remember that it is illegal to text and drive in Illinois. Young drivers are at greatest risk of being injured in a distracted driving accident and motor vehicle crashes are on the leading causes of death in teens.

What are common distractions on the road?

Drivers can be distracted in a number of different ways, all of which put the motorists, their passengers, and other vehicles on the road in serious risk.

Visual Distractions. The driver removes their eyes from the road for only a few moments or for a long time, because of such things as:

  • Looking at the phone
  • Writing or reading a text message
  • Looking at passengers
  • Reading a GPS or map
  • Applying makeup, shaving, or other types of grooming

Manual Distractions. The driver takes one hand or both hands from the steering wheel in order to:

  • Eat or drink
  • Text
  • Answer the phone
  • Adjust the radio
  • Reaching for something
  • Searching through the glove compartment or console
  • Using any type of handheld device

Cognitive Distractions. The driver's mind is not focused on the task of driving and what is happening on the road because their mind is distracted by:

  • Driving while tired
  • Driving while emotional
  • Driving while under extreme duress
  • Speaking with a passenger
  • Speaking or listening to a phone call
  • Composing a text

Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents

All too often, car accidents are a result of another person's negligence. Drunk drivers kill thousands of people each year. If you were injured by a drunk driver, you have rights. Pressing charges against a negligent driver who was operating a car under the influence of drugs are alcohol may help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Receiving compensation for your injuries can help you recover, pay for doctor's bills and help you with the expenses of dealing with the death of a loved one because of another person's recklessness.

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer at Pavich Law Group, P.C.

Pavich Law Group, P.C. has over 70 years of combined experience in assisting our clients in personal injury cases. A Chicago injury attorney from our team can guide you through your legal options and help you decide on a course of action to take. We investigate every accident and case and help you determine what you or your loved one requires during the process. We proudly provide residents with outstanding counsel and free case evaluations to all potential clients. Contact Pavich Law Group, P.C. today to speak with an attorney.