With a population in excess of 500,000 people, it is not surprising that car accidents occur in Kane County on a regular basis. Drivers may be busy or in a rush, traveling from one spot to another while acting in a negligent manner, leading to a collision involving two or more cars, trucks, or vans.
Most collisions are caused by an error on the part of someone involved whether it be the driver of a vehicle, the manufacturer of a faulty car, the company employing an errant motorist, or even a city that poorly designed a street or intersection. In 2012 alone, there were 8,963 motor vehicle collisions with the boundaries of Kane County. Of those, 2,381 accidents resulted in injuries to those involved while 22 crashes proved to be fatal, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Acting in a negligent or reckless manner can trigger legal liability on the part of an at-fault motorist, leading to the ability of victims to obtain the relief they deserve. The facts and circumstances surrounding every collision vary and therefore the legal options for relief can vary as well. Claims may be available against an at-fault driver personally or even against a victim’s own insurance company in some instances.
Causes of Kane County Car Accidents
Numerous factors contribute to Kane County car accidents annually and often multiple factors combine to create a collision. The drivers and passengers in Kane County vehicles are not immune to any form of crash, unfortunately, even if all safety precautions are followed.
The safest driver in Kane County can become a victim if those in the same area fail to maintain proper and adequate control of a vehicle. A common reason this occurs is that a motorist is operating while distracted, whether that distraction comes internally or externally with regard to a car. Texting while driving is becoming an increasingly large problem across the entire state of Illinois as more and more drivers engage in the hazardous activity. It is so prevalent that estimates suggest that 24 percent of all traffic-related collisions nation-wide are influenced by a driver who is using a cell phone either to text or to have a voice conversation. Though information on the dangerous nature of texting while driving is widely available to motorists, some drivers continue to choose to text behind the wheel, risking their own safety and the safety of others.
Studies have shown that the risk assumed by texting drivers is similar to the risk undertaken by motorists who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drunk drivers plague the streets of Illinois and were responsible for more than 300 fatal accidents in 2012. Of the fatal crashes that took place in Kane County, officials believe that alcohol played a role in 11 of those collisions. Drunk driving limits a motorist’s ability to think critically and maintain control of a vehicle, decreasing reaction time and increasing the likelihood that an accident will occur.
Yet other collisions in Kane County are caused by one driver failing to yield the right-of-way to a driver legally entitled to proceed. These collisions can be caused by a driver in a rush to get somewhere or by a motorist who simply fails to pay attention to traffic on the road. It is crucial that all drivers respect the right-of-way as granted by state driving laws so that opposing vehicles do not occupy the same space at the same time. Failing to yield the right-of-way can lead to deadly accidents or collisions that leave victims with serious injuries.
Legal Relief after a Kane County Car Accident
Becoming the victim of a car accident can be devastating and can affect every member of a family. It may be difficult to obtain the medical treatment you deserve or to pay the bills that begin piling up as a result of the crash.
But victims of car accidents that occur in Kane County may be entitled to relief through the use of a civil claim for damages, a legal right that belongs to each victim and enables them an avenue to seek compensation. To help all injury victims understand their legal options, the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. offer a free case consultation toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575. The consultation comes without any obligation on your part and we are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide you with answers whenever you need them.
The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. believes in fighting for the best possible outcome in every case we handle on behalf of injury victims. If you need help, please call us today and let us get to work for you.
If you have been injured in a Kane County car accident, call us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or Contact Us online for a free consultation.