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Edwardsville Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Not uncommon for mental health issues to follow an auto accident

Being involved in a serious motor vehicle collision can be a traumatic experience. Not only can it cause a victim to suffer physical injuries, but it can result in one enduring psychological damages as well. What type of mental health issues are common following an auto accident and can Illinois residents seek compensation for any losses related to such injuries?

It is estimated that 1 percent of the entire United States population is injured in car accidents every single year. While 1 percent may not sound like a lot, that comes out to around three million people. That is pretty significant.

2 injured, 1 killed in Illinois car accident

Police in Illinois are investigating the cause of a crash that injured two people and claimed the life of another. This car accident reportedly occurred April 7, in Sterling. Per state laws, the surviving victim and the family members of the deceased may have legal recourse.

In a report issued by a news outlet, a 38-year-old male was driving his sedan northbound when he ran through a stop sign and was hit by a pickup truck. He and his passenger -- a 34-year-old female -- suffered unspecified injuries in the collision and were flown to a medical facility for treatment. Sadly, the passenger was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. The driver of the pickup truck was also injured, so he too was taken to the hospital for care. His current condition is unknown, though his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

If a defect causes a motorcycle crash, who is to blame?

It is not uncommon to hear of motor vehicle defects and recalls. Defects that are not addressed in a timely manner can, and sometimes do, result in unsuspecting victims suffering injuries or even death. If a defect is believed responsible for a motorcycle crash, who is to blame and where can residents of Illinois turn for help?

Motorcycle defects can come in a variety of forms. These include design flaws, the use of damaged parts, manufacturing errors and poor handling during vehicle shipment. If a defect is discovered, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the manufacturer has a duty to warn consumers and offer repairs free of charge. It is the manufacturer and others in the chain of supply who may be held responsible and liable for damages if they fail to supply a safe product or decline to recall and repair vehicles that are defective.

Man flees scene of Illinois car accident, leaves behind wounded

Automobile accidents are upsetting enough, but the misfortune is only compounded when the driver responsible flees the scene, leaving injured people behind. A recent car accident in Illinois involved just such a hit-and-run when, police say, the driver of a car ran a red light and caused a collision with a minivan. After the crash, the man driving the car fled the scene, leaving behind the occupants of the minivan, an injured woman and her three young children.

The accident occurred at approximately noon on Wednesday, March 29 in Peoria. Police say the car was headed north when the driver ran the light and smashed into the minivan, causing the van to slide further down the street. Meanwhile, the car skidded off the road and only came to a stop when it struck some posts in a nearby plaza.

Car accident in Illinois injures 4

Police in Illinois are in the process of investigating a two-vehicle crash that injured four people. This car accident is said to have occurred March 26, in Massac County. Per state laws, the victims of this incident may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.

At approximately 7:46 p.m. on a local roadway, the driver of a small sedan -- a 25-year-old male -- crossed the centerline and struck another car. He and a passenger in his vehicle were injured and transported to a hospital for medical treatment. The driver -- a 26-year-old male -- and passenger -- a 61-year-old female -- of the other automobile were also injured and taken to a medical facility for care as well. The current conditions of all involved have not been released.

Illinois car accident: Cognitive distractions a real issue

In Illinois and elsewhere, it is common to find distracted drivers. They are usually pretty easy to spot as they can be seen talking or texting on their phones, grooming, eating or participating in various other activities that remove their fully attention from the road. Something not often talked about, though, are the distractions cannot be seen. Cognitive distractions can also lead to a car accident.

No one is immune to cognitive, also known as mental, distractions. Everyone has things that weight on their mind. While this form of distraction may not be physically visible as the driver will be staring at the road, his or her actions may suggest that his or her thoughts are not focused on the task at hand.

Passenger injured in recent auto accident involving a semi

Police in Illinois are currently investigating the cause of an accident between a semi-trailer and a passenger vehicle. The driver of the car is actually believed to be responsible for this auto accident. The injured passenger may be entitled to seek compensation for his or her losses through legal means.

According to a recent news report, a 20-year-old male was driving northbound on I-57 in Jefferson County when his vehicle drifted into a semi-trailer that was in occupying the middle lane. The car hit the tires of the trailer and then went off the roadway and into the median. The driver and one of his passengers -- only described as a 17-year-old -- suffered injuries in the wreck. Both were transported to an area hospital for care. The truck driver was unharmed in the event.

Child injured in an auto-bicycle accident -- can I seek damages?

As the weather slowly but surely improves in Illinois, it is common to see children out on their bicycles. Sadly, there have been numerous children who have been hit by automobiles while enjoying this activity. In some cases injuries resulted, in others lives have been lost. When a child is injured or killed in an auto-bicycle accident, damages may be sought through legal means?

If your child has been injured -- or worse -- in an auto-bicycle accident, it is okay to question who is responsible and if you have the right to seek compensation for any resulting losses. Drivers are held to a higher standard when driving around children. Extra precautions are to be taken in order to prevent accidents from occurring. If a driver is found to have been negligent in his or her actions resulting in a wreck with a child on a bike, he or she may be held fully responsible for the outcome.

Illinois motorcycle accident: Fault and seeking compensation

Accidents involving motorcycles are fairly common in Illinois, especially now that the weather is beginning to improve and more motorcyclists are out on the road. When a motorcycle accident does occur, the rider or -- in the event of fatality -- his or her surviving family members may have numerous questions about determining fault and the potential for achieving compensation. If negligence is believed to have contributed to the incident, according to the state, civil claims may be filed in order for damages to be sought.

Fault is not always immediately apparent following an auto accident. When investigating such an incident, authorities will need to look at several factors, including the actions of the other driver (if applicable), the actions and riding skills of the motorcyclist, road hazards and possible manufacturing defects. In some cases, the fault will lie solely on the driver thought to have caused the collision. In others, comparative negligence -- meaning that the motorcycle rider may be found partially at fault -- may come into play; however, in such cases some level of relief may still be achieved through legal means.

Car accident: Distracted driving a real issue in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, distracted driving is a serious issue. It leads to accidents involving pedestrians and other vehicles and often has serious -- if not fatal -- outcomes. When a car accident occurs as a result of distracted driving, the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation through legal means.

In the year 2014, just over 3,000 people across the United States were killed by distracted drivers. Another 431,000 people suffered injuries because of the same. Cellphone usage is believed to be the biggest culprit.