DuPage County is an area with a diverse economy and population and ripe with opportunities. Known as the second most populous county in the state, it encompasses towns like Naperville, Wheaton, Downers Grove, and Lisle. With a population nearing one million, DuPage has a number of great qualities.
But where there are a lot of people, usually there are also a lot of motor vehicles. And that can lead to accidents, injuries, and even deaths when drivers are negligent or otherwise careless behind the wheel. Car accidents continue to be the biggest cause of death among teenagers across the nation and unfortunately also claim a large number of lives in every age group.
There were 281,788 motor vehicle collisions in Illinois in 2011 and of those crashes, 18,331 were in DuPage County. This put DuPage second behind only Cook County in terms of the total number of collisions meaning that DuPage can be a very dangerous place for motorists.
Some of the collisions in DuPage were minor and fortunately did not cause any injuries but there were 5,569 crashes that resulted in at least one injured person. Additionally, DuPage County experienced 27 deaths due to car crashes in 2011 alone.
Driving is part of many people’s daily routine. Whether driving to work, taking the kids to school, running errands, or simply out for a drive, cars serve a vital function in society by allowing us to travel from place to place. For everyone’s safety, laws exist that govern traffic and every person who uses the roads is required to abide by those laws.
In an ideal world, the presence of laws would mean that everyone would abide by the rules at all times and there would be no accidents or injuries cause by cars. However that is not the case in DuPage or in Illinois in general. Drivers may behave negligently or recklessly, drive distracted, or even operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. All of these increase a driver’s risk of causing a collision and injuring themselves and other motorists.
When a driver is irresponsible and causes an accident, other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or even pedestrians maybe injured or killed. Driving is a big responsibility that many take all too lightly and without thinking of the consequences before getting behind the wheel.
Car accidents can occur in hundreds of different ways and cause thousands of different injuries depending on the specific facts of each occurrence. The most common type of accident is a rear-end collision where one driver fails to slow or stop in time and uses the front of his vehicle to strike the rear of another car. These accidents can be mild or severe depending on factors including the speed of each vehicle, the make and model of the vehicles, the weather and road conditions at the time of the crash, and whether any additional cars are involved.
Another common type of collision in DuPage County is where one vehicle turns left into the path of an oncoming car. This often occurs when a driver attempts to turn left at a stop sign, stop light, or into a driveway but fails to wait until traffic clears to do so, causing a collision with another car. As the impact of these crashes is often near the area where a driver sits in the second car, they can be especially dangerous and often produce severe injuries or fatalities.
When a driver causes a collision with another vehicle, the at-fault driver is liable for any damages caused to the victim. This means that if someone is injured as a result of a car crash, they may have a claim for their injuries, including medical bills, against the at-fault driver and his insurance company.
Each collision is unique and each crash has its own set of facts, so if you have been injured in an collision, call the DuPage County car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today. We have an attorney standing by 24 hours a day to take your call toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575. We will discuss your accident with you and determine if you have a legal claim for your losses.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we fight for the injured every day and have done so since the firm began. We have represented numerous clients in accidents in DuPage County, including a case that settled for $600,000 in 2012. Call us today and let us fight for a recovery you deserve.
If you have been injured in a DuPage County car accident, call Abels & Annes, P.C. now at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or Contact Us online for a free, no obligation case consultation.