The Illinois Vehicle Code requires that every driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection, which is marked by a stop sign, stops before entering the intersection (625 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/11-1204). Despite the law designed to keep everyone safe, Illinois police reported roughly 700,000 motor vehicle crashes occur annually at intersections with stop signs; approximately, one-third of these stop sign crashes involved injuries. To help alleviate the injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, car manufacturers are including more accident preventing features in order to protect drivers. For example, front and rear end sensors which alert the driver of a near object are becoming more common. But at the same time, many other car features, like touchscreen dashboards, are increasing driver distractions, and in turn, increasing their chances of a stop sign accident that results in serious injuries.
If you were injured when another driver ran a stop sign and caused a car accident, the experienced attorneys at Abels & Annes can help. Contact us today online or by calling (312) 924-7575
Why do Stop Sign Car Accidents Happen?
Quite simply, impatience or inattention are the two most common reasons drivers ignore stop signs while driving. Waiting just a few seconds longer to get a better look at oncoming traffic is often all it would take to prevent a serious car accident and injuries.
According to a National Institute of Health study, stop sign violations account for about 70% of all crashes.
Distracted Driving’s Role in Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign
Of these stop sign runners, a substantial amount of them admit to being distracted, when the collision occurred. One of the biggest distractions reported to affect stop sign related collisions is using a cellphone while driving.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that two separate studies have linked talking on a cellphone to a 4 times increase in the likelihood of a crash resulting in injury. In an era of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, younger drivers are more likely than older drivers to use there phones while driving; phones have become nearly integrated with the brains of those who grew up in the modern era, so it is no surprise that they would be used while driving.
Did you really stop? The “California Role” and Car Accidents
About two-thirds of stop sign violation crashes involve drivers who say they stopped before proceeding; of course, this is what they told officers after an accident. This also means that 33% of drivers—thats 2.8 million drivers in Illinois alone—don’t always stop at stop signs.* But just in case you didn’t know, at stop signs, drivers are required to stop, look for any oncoming vehicles, and judge whether it is safe to proceed.
Lack of Visibility Can Cause Accidents at Stop Signs
Despite stopping at a stop sign, visibility can sometimes be a problem. Forty-four percent of drivers involved in stop sign car collisions said they could not see the other vehicle coming for one reason or another, even though they stopped at the stop sign. The design of the road or intersection may be contributing factors to reduced visibility. Parked vehicles, shrubbery, or glare may also obstruct the driver’s visibility, which could result in potential collisions.
What Can be Done to Prevent Stop Sign Collisions in Chicago?
The majority of stop sign related collisions occur in intersections, since this where most stop signs are found. The IIHS and the Department of Transportation advocate for the focus to be put on improving the design of intersections by implementing safer forms of traffic control. Pavement markers that warn drivers of an upcoming stop sign can get a driver’s attention.
Also, intersections should be checked periodically to see if the stop signs are visible and are not being obstructed. Installing all way stop signs can also be a method of accident prevention. All way, or four-way stops, stop signs can reduce overall crashes by 40% to 60%.
The automotive industry has begun implementing crash avoidance technologies that can alert the driver before a crash or at least reduce the severity of the crash. Front crash prevention systems such as radars, sensors or cameras alert the driver when another vehicle is close. Some of these systems are linked to the car’s brake system, which allows the car to apply the brakes automatically if the driver does not respond.
In March 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced a commitment of 20 major automakers (this represents 99% of U.S. vehicle sales) to make front crash prevention systems standard on virtually all car models by September 2022.
What to Do When You Have Been in a Stop Sign Related Collision: Who’s at fault?
Illinois uses a “fault” system when determining who is liable for the damages that result from the car accident.
If you are ever in a stop sign related car accident, the most important factor is establishing liability in order to get adequate compensation for your damages, whether personal injury damages or damages to your property. This is where the attorneys at Abels & Annes can help.
If there were any witnesses to your accident, it is important to get their information because it will help in determining who is liable. Liability means that a person is legally responsible for the accident and damages.
Also, it is critical that you call the police immediately when an accident occurs. The police will arrive at the scene of the accident and will file an official police report which will be beneficial in determining the at-fault driver’s negligence. The police will assess the accident and will be able to handle any situation that may arise after the accident.
Contact the Experienced Attorneys at Abels & Annes to Get Compensation for Your Injuries
If you have been injured, or someone you love has been injured or killed in a stop sign related car collision, the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes can help you. Whatever injury or damage you may have suffered, our experienced team of attorneys has the knowledge necessary to make sure you recover all the damages to which you may be entitled.
We can help you through the confusing process of dealing with insurance paperwork, medical bills, disability forms, and other issues that may arise, particularly when you are trying to focus on recovery and back to being healthy again.
With a simple toll-free telephone call, the stop-sign collision attorneys at Abels & Annes will be happy to give you a free consultation. We can answer your questions and provide you the information you need to determine how to proceed in order to obtain recovery.
If you are the victim of a stop sign collision, contact Abels & Annes at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442), locally in Chicago at (312) 924-7575, or contact us online. We never charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf and we will fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
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If you were injured in a Chicago stop sign car accident, call Abels & Annes, P.C. toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO today.
* 2.8 million drivers is based on 8.5 million registered drivers in Illinois in 2017 multiplied by 33% for the statistic.