Over 1,200 car wrecks happen each year throughout Coles County, killing over 8 and injuring nearly 350, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (ILDOT). Motor vehicle accidents can be devastating for not only the injury victims, but also their families, friends and other people that may be dependent on those involved in the collision.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a Charleston auto accident that was caused by another motorist?
At the law offices of Tapella & Eberspacher we have decades of experience helping to fight for the rights of injury victims throughout Central and Southern Illinois and will passionately pursue justice in your personal injury or wrongful death case. Contact us for your FREE consultation at (855) 522-5291 or simply fill out our form to get started today.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, nearly 12,000 Illinois citizens suffered an incapacitating injury that rendered them unable to normally continue daily life.
While this can be a problem for the injury victim, it also effects those that are relying on that person, which can include children, spouses, relatives and other needy individuals.
Depending on the severity of an accident, a victim can sustain a variety of different injuries, including:
- Airbag injuries
- Concussion or other head injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Seatbelt trauma
Some possible sources for injury include the vehicle’s interior, flying glass and debris, and impact with the windshield and/or road. Most injuries will require medical care and can cost thousands, if not millions, over a lifetime.
If you are seeking representation for your accident, contact an Illinois car accident lawyer at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
The circumstances that contribute to a motor vehicle collision can vary indefinitely.
However, there are several common factors that lead to the first harmful event in a wreck.
Crash rates are higher among inexperienced drivers and many of the causes of an accident are due to driver error.
Common causes of car crashes include:
- Reckless driving
- Fatigued driving
- Failure To Stop At An Intersection
- Distracted driving
- Cell phone use
- Bad weather
- Alcohol or drug use
…. and many others.
Many accidents are avoidable. The first rule to safety is to stay alert when behind the wheel. Defensive driving techniques can improve any driver’s awareness. It’s always best to err on the side of caution because one wrong move could be your last.
Automotive Collision Variations
In 2011, there were over 280,000 accidents in Illinois of varying types. The ILDOT’s statistics show the most common types and a breakdown of each, which include:
- 28.3% Rear-end
- 15.2% Turning
- 11.6% Parked
- 11.5% Fixed object
- 10.5% Angled
- 8.4% Sideswipe
- 6.6% Animal crossing
- 1.7% Pedestrian
- 1.3% Rollover
- 1.1% Pedalcyclist
- 1.1% Side Impact
- 0.9% Other non-collision
- 0.8% Other object
- 0.8% Head-on
- < .1% Train
Rear-end accidents, the most common across the country, are often caused by a driver’s negligence, whether following too closely or not allowing enough following distance. If you believe your injuries were caused by someone else, you are urged to contact an attorney.
Contact Our Charleston, Illinois Car Accident Lawyers
Our attorneys are proud to be a part of the Charleston community and to provide premier legal service with a personal touch to the residents of Coles County. We understand how deeply an auto accident can permeate your life and we believe the responsible parties should be held accountable for their negligence.
Our areas of practice include personal injury and wrongful death, and we are determined to fight for justice for clients that deserve the maximum compensation. Our Charleston office is conveniently located East of Route 57 off of Lincoln Ave, less than a mile from the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. We proudly accept clients from the following communities:
- Downtown Charleston
- Eastern Illinois University
- Lincoln Ave & 4th St
- Nearby Mattoon
- …and towns throughout Coles County
Call our legal professionals today at 855-522-5291 for indispensable legal guidance and find out how we can help with your accident injury compensation claim.