On any given day, there are various Cook County, Illinois car accidents and vehicle accidents. Should one be involved in a such a vehicle accident, one does not want to jeopardize one’s ability to potentially receive monetary compensation. It is often in one’s best interest to contact a qualified car accident lawyer to protect one’s legal rights and determine potential monetary compensation.
Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and many of these reasons can be beyond the control of the vehicle’s driver or occupants. For instance, one contributor to recent Cook County and Chicago-area vehicle accidents has been icy roadways – particularly at night – as well as the existence of “black ice” on Chicago-area roadways. These types of roadway conditions and other types of traffic hazards are often beyond the control of the driver.
Here are various reasons for and contributing factors to car accidents and vehicle accidents:
Drunk driving accidents: Many vehicle accidents are caused by drivers who drive after drinking. These DUI accidents also include various devastating accidents that result in drunk drivers who become “wrong-way” drivers. Drunk drivers have been involved in many types of accidents, including collisions with motorcyclists and bicyclists. Also, one of the most common reasons for motorcyclists getting into motorcycle accidents is because of motorcyclists who ride after drinking. In addition to drunk driving accidents, there are also accidents caused by drivers who drive after becoming intoxicated with drugs.
Distracted driving accidents: These types of accidents are often devastating. While the distractions can be caused by many factors, distracted driving caused by cell phone usage and texting is certainly among the most common in the Chicago area.
Inattentive driving: This type of driving is particularly dangerous when a driver encounters other less-visible road users, such as motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The inattentive driving often results in the driver not “seeing” these other roadway occupants, and collisions occur. One particularly common type of inattentive driving accident is when a driver makes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist, causing a frontal collision with the motorcyclist.
Traffic hazards: Traffic hazards can take many forms, and are often dangerous as they are not expected by drivers. One type of traffic hazard is caused by stalled vehicles. Another type of traffic hazard is caused by trucks that suddenly drop cargo or material onto the roadway.
Hazardous roadway conditions: Roads and expressways can become hazardous for various reasons. Ice and “black ice” are common hazardous road conditions in the Chicago area during the winter months. As well, large potholes are hazardous and can cause or contribute to car crashes. Other hazardous road conditions include high levels of standing water, unplowed snow on the roadway, drifting snow, and gravel on the pavement. Sinkholes are becoming increasingly common.
Speeding: Speeding has been both a cause and contributor to many Cook County and Chicago-area vehicle crashes, many fatal in nature. Car crashes caused by street racing, while less common, has resulted in many fatal car accidents and motorcycle accidents.
Driving too fast for conditions: These types of vehicle accidents often occur during adverse weather, at which point the posted speed limit often becomes an inadvisable and hazardous speed at which to travel.
Failure to yield: This type of vehicle accident occurs when one driver fails to yield the right-of-way to another driver, thereby causing a car crash.
Running red lights: This happens when one vehicle fails to stop at a red light. Often, side-impact collisions happen after one driver runs a red light.
Defective car design: This deals with vehicle accidents caused by defective vehicles. While these types of design defects can vary greatly, one type of defective design that has received considerable attention is that caused by alleged unintended acceleration.
Police car chases: Police pursuits can contribute to car collisions and vehicle collisions, as the car being pursued is often traveling at unsafe speeds (and perhaps in other reckless manners) in order to elude pursuit. There have been many instances in the Chicago area where a police pursuit ends in a car collision.
The above discusses various causes of Cook County and Chicago area vehicle accidents. If one gets in a vehicle accident, it is often in one’s best interest to start receiving immediate legal counsel from a qualified car accident lawyer, as there are a variety of time-sensitive issues and recommended actions one should take after having been in a vehicle accident.