The Illinois Vehicle Code requires that every driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection with a stop sign completely stop before entering the intersection (625 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/11-1204). This law has the intent to keep everyone safe.
Still, the government reports that thousands of motor vehicle crashes occur annually at intersections with stop signs. Further, approximately one-third of these stop sign crashes involve 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. This technology is becoming more common.
But at the same time, many other car features, like touchscreen dashboards and GPS, are increasing driver distractions. This can increase the chances of a stop sign accident that results in serious injury.
If you were injured when another driver ran a stop sign and caused a car accident, the experienced Chicago stop sign accident attorneys at Abels & Annes can help. Contact us today online or by calling (312) 924-7575
Why do so Many Auto Accidents Occur at Stop Signs?
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.
Further, a lot of motorists hurry through stop signs. Instead of completely stopping, they do a “slow and go” and never really keep a proper lookout for other traffic in the area.
Does Distracted Driving Increase Stop Sign Accidents?
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 their 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 Roll” or “Slow & Go”
About one-third of stop sign violation crashes involve drivers who say they did not stop before proceeding. And just in case you didn’t know, at stop signs, drivers must stop, look for any oncoming vehicles, and judge whether it is safe to proceed. You cannot just slow down to what you perceive as a reasonable speed.
Can the 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.
However, it is not a defense if a driver fails to observe oncoming traffic due to an obstruction. Or to say that traffic was clear and the other car “came out of nowhere”. The driver proceeding out of a 2-way stop intersection has an obligation to make sure that traffic is clear.
What Can be Done to Prevent Stop Sign Collisions in Chicago?
The majority of stop sign collisions occur in intersections. 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 link 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 Should I Do After a Stop Sign Accident? 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 accident, one important factor is establishing liability. This needs to be done in order to get adequate compensation for your injuries. This is where stop sign collision attorneys in Chicago can help.
If there were any witnesses to your accident, it is important to get their information. You might need their help in proving that the defendant 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 create an official police report. This can be very beneficial in illustrating 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.
Also, reach out to a lawyer that handles accident cases ASAP. He or she can determine the best course of action moving forward depending on the facts of the case.
Should You Contact a Chicago Stop Sign Accident Lawyer at Abels & Annes?
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:
- The accident investigation
- Insurance paperwork
- Medical treatment issues
- Medical bills
- Lost income forms
We can also try to assist with any other issues that may arise. This can be particularly important when you are trying to focus on recovering from your injuries.
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.
If you are the victim of a stop sign collision, contact Abels & Annes. You can call us at (312) 924-7575, or contact us online. Also, there is no attorney’s fee unless you win your case. Call our law firm today and find out how we can help you to get your life back on track.
If you were injured in a Chicago stop sign car accident, call Abels & Annes, P.C. toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO today.