In Illinois, the Department of Transportation (DOT) recorded more than 281,700 motor vehicle collisions throughout the state. Over 900 persons were involved in fatal crashes. The total cost of these accidents was $5.5 billion including injuries and property damage.
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Common Car Crash Injuries
Thousands of people are injured each year in car crashes. In fact, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports that the costs of incapacitating and non-incapacitating injuries were approximately $93,000 in 2011.
With this in mind, it's important to note that there can be hazards inside and outside of a motor vehicle that can cause a driver or passenger to be seriously injured during a collision.
Some Common Car Accident Injuries Include:
Psychological injuries are also common after effect of a serious car accident. Many times, people experience anxiety or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder when they try to return to the road, which could prevent them from ever returning to driving.
Types of Car Crashes
Despite recent advancements in accident avoidance technology in areas including early warning detection system, anti lock braking, and rear facing camera, many vehicles on our roads are using technology that is more than 25 years old.
In fact, as there are so many different types of vehicles available from auto manufacturers, there are many different ways that a motorist can be involved in a serious crash. According to the Illinois DOT, there were more than 10 million registered vehicles throughout the state and a majority of accidents reported involves motor vehicles rather than trucks or motorcycles.
With this in mind, some common types of car accidents include:
Another type of crash is a hit-and-run accident wherein the party responsible for the accident flees the scene in order to avoid being held responsible. Hit-and-run collisions most commonly involve parked vehicles.
Causes of Car Accidents
Recently released statistics from the Illinois DOT note that approximately 38% of all fatal car accidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal .08 limit. While another report from the NHTSA stated that more than 23% of all automotive collisions that occurred in the US in 2011 involved cell phones. There are many reasons why a person might be involved in a car crash and it is important to note that some of these types of accidents are completely preventable.
Some of the Usual Causes of a Traffic Accident Includes:
Some accidents are also caused by an animal such as a deer, and there were more than 18,000 of these types of accidents reported.
What To Do After Being Involved in a Car Crash
Being involved in an accident can be a terrifying moment for all parties involved, but it is very important to try to remain as calm as possible. If someone has been injured, make sure to call for help as well as call the police so that a formal accident report may be filed.
It is also VERY IMPORTANT to document the accident as best as you can by writing down any specific information you remember prior to the crash. Take photos of the scene and exchange insurance information with the other vehicles involved.
A driver should never leave the scene of an accident and should seek medical treatment if they believe they are injured. Oftentimes, insurance adjusters may rush to the scene of an accident in an effort to quickly obtain information that could hold them less accountable for the accident as they really are.
It is important that a driver be aware that these insurance investigators may later decide to use this information against their claim and to consider speaking with an attorney to help deal with these insurance companies.
Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
We proudly offer 100% FREE case reviews to help determine if you or a loved one have sufficient grounds to file a damages lawsuit and we only get paid when we win.
Our primary office is located in Charleston, Illinois and we have another located in St. Louis, Missouri with our services being offered to accident injury victims throughout the entire central and southern Illinois region that also extends into Missouri, including:
- Charleston, IL
- St. Louis
…and all of the towns and suburbs that surround these areas.
To find out how we may be able to help you with your accident claim, contact us at 855-522-5291 for a no-fee, no-obligation, initial consultation. Our intake staff members will connect you with a lawyer best suited in handling your claim after a few initial questions about your accident.
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