The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) 2012 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf) indicates that in the year 2012 DuPage County had the 2nd most vehicle crashes of any Illinois county. In 2012, there were 18,227 crashes in DuPage County, and of these crashes, 21 were fatal. 4,167 of these 18,227 crashes had accident injuries.
Further detail regarding DuPage County crashes in 2012 is provided. For instance, of the total accidents, 15,396 occurred during “clear” weather conditions, and 14,262 happened in “dry” road conditions. Additionally, a large number (7,716) involved “Rear End” collisions.
Should one be involved in a such an Illinois vehicle accident, one does not want to jeopardize the potential to receive monetary compensation. It is likely in one’s best interest to quickly contact a qualified Illinois car accident lawyer to protect one’s legal rights and to pursue the largest potential injury compensation.
Some types of vehicle accidents, aside from car accidents, include the following:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Train accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Some types of vehicle accidents can be beyond the control of motorists. Other types of vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence and/or carelessness of drivers.
Types of vehicle accidents and injuries that may result from driver negligence include:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- “Drowsy” driving
- Inattentive driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failure to yield
Vehicle accidents often cause serious injuries, which may be chronic and otherwise long-lasting. Some of these lasting injuries may require extensive medical care, and can permanently impair the injured person’s ability to gainfully perform work. These injuries can include broken bones, bleeding, back injuries, herniated discs, spinal cord injuries and/or paralysis, burn injuries, and various brain injuries and other brain trauma.
For those car accidents that are non-fatal, there can be a variety of expenses. These include medical bills, ongoing medical care costs, and other expenses that can be not only very high, but ongoing.
Of note, some car accident injuries may not be readily apparent at the time of the accident…i.e. the impact of the injuries may manifest a while after the car accident occurs. It is for this reason that one should get a thorough medical check after a vehicle accident, to make sure that any injuries are identified and properly treated.