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Common Types of Car Accidents in Illinois and Missouri

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In 2011 alone, there were 281,788 motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, resulting in 918 deaths and 84,172 injuries, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. That averages out to one death every 9.54 hours and one injury every 6.25 minutes.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Illinois or Missouri that was not your fault, contact the auto accident lawyers at Tapella & Eberspacher today. Our highly trained lawyers have numerous courtroom victories and negotiated significant settlements that have helped to recover MILLIONS in compensation for our clients.

We offer 100% FREE case reviews to determine the merits of your claim and we only get paid when we win.

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Common Types of Car Accidents

A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye, but the aftereffects can last forever. The types of injuries and the extent of the property damage depend on the type of accident that has taken place. The most common types of auto accidents are:

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle strikes the car directly in front of it. This type of accident usually happens when the vehicle in front hits the brakes or slows down suddenly, or when the following car accelerates too quickly. Driver distraction, slick pavement, worn tires, and inclement weather can all increase the chance of these kinds of accidents.

Side-Impact Collisions

Commonly known as a T-bone collision, this type of accident takes place when the side of one vehicle is hit by the front or rear of another vehicle or a stationary object. Crumple zones and side airbags can help absorb some of the energy of the collision, but the driver on the struck side will still very likely suffer severe injuries.

Sideswipe Accidents

Sideswipe accidents happen when a car touches either another vehicle moving in the same direction or a fixed object. Generally, these accidents only cause property damage.

Rollover Accidents

In a rollover accident the car lands on its roof or side, typically after taking a sharp turn at a high speed. Many rollover accidents involve commercial trucks, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), although all vehicles are susceptible to various extents.

Head-On Collisions

These types of accidents are defined as the collision of the front ends of two separate vehicles, or the front end of one vehicle with a fixed object, such as a tree or telephone pole. Out of all car accident types, head-on collisions are the most likely to result in fatalities.

Following a collision, it’s important to try and obtain as much information from the accident scene while the evidence is still fresh. Simply using the camera in your cellphone is an easy way to take pictures of the wreckage, which can be used to help build a robust argument for a compensation claim.

Common Car Accident Injuries

The type of accident plays a major role in what bodily injuries will be incurred by the victims. There are various types of car accident injuries that one can experience, but some do occur in higher frequency than others.

Common auto accident injuries include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Injuries
  • Head and Neck Injuries
  • Back and Spinal Cord Damage
  • Lacerations, Burns, and Scarring
  • Paralysis and Permanent Disability
  • Whiplash Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

These are just a few examples of the types of injuries that can be sustained in an auto accident which can lead to life-changing consequences for not only the injury victim but also for their families and other dependents.

If You've Been Injured in a Wreck, Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys Today for the Help You Need

Despite our best efforts to keep ourselves and those we love safe on the road, all of us are susceptible to the sometimes negligent actions of our fellow drivers. Car accidents can result in life-long physical injuries, massive property damage, costly financial losses, and sometimes can lead to wrongful death for unsuspecting victims and their families.

At Tapella & Eberspacher, our Illinois car accident attorneys have years of experience in the courtroom and expertise in accident reconstruction.  We understand just how devastating an auto accident can be and will fight diligently to ensure our clients receive justice and maximum compensation.

We are based in Illinois, with offices in Charleston and O’Fallon, and have an additional office that serves the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

We also accept clients from the following areas:

  • Mattoon, IL
  • Champaign, IL
  • Fairview Heights, IL
  • Collinsvile, IL
  • Lebanon, IL
  • Belleville, IL
  • Granite City, IL
  • University City, MO
  • Clayton, MO
  • Webster Groves, MO

…and cities and towns in the surrounding areas

To learn more about your legal options, please call us at (217) 394-5885 today.  A member of our intake staff will take your call, and after some initial questions about the nature of your incident, get you quickly connected to one of our skilled attorneys to discuss the merits of your claim.

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