Accidents In Which Vehicles Leave The Roadway
As discussed on the “Causes Of Car Accidents” page, there are many potential reasons for car accidents in general.
Among those factors listed include drunk driving, distracted driving, inattentive driving, traffic hazards, hazardous road conditions, speeding, and defective car design. All of these factors may lead to a vehicle going off of the road and being involved in a crash.
Often, cars that go off of the road and crash involve “loss of control” by the driver. These “loss of control” accidents may or may not be the fault of the driver. For instance, if a mechanical defect is present in the vehicle, that defect may lead to a loss of vehicle control at some point. For example, a defective tire may lead to a tire blowout, which in turn leads to loss of control and a potential accident. There are many such car parts and/or components that – if defective – could lead to an accident.
Another reason for accidents outside of the driver’s control is unsafe road conditions. An example is seen in a serious car crash in Northfield on November 11, 2015. Details can be seen in the November 20 post titled “Car Accident Involving Hydroplaning In Northfield.” As seen in that accident, a car hit standing water and left the roadway, at which point it struck a tree and caught on fire.
“Loss of control” that is within the driver’s influence includes accidents caused by inattentiveness or drowsiness. It is under these situations that the driver may not be fully cognizant of road or travel conditions, leading the driver to lose control and potentially go off the side of the road. On November 24, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had a press release titled “Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher.” An excerpt from this news release regarding U.S. distracted and drowsy driving fatal accidents:
- Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all crash fatalities, killing 3,179 people in 2014.
- Drowsy driving accounted for 2.6 percent of all crash fatalities; at least 846 people died in these crashes in 2014.
As well, even if drivers are fully aware of road conditions, often a loss of control is seen if the car is speeding and/or driving too fast for conditions. Speeding was also cited by the above-referenced NHTSA press release:
speeding was a factor in more than one in four deaths
Also, vehicles that leave the roadway are often driven by motorists who are impaired. While this impairment may take many forms, the most common form of impairment is drunk driving. As seen in the NHTSA press release:
- Drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities, resulting in 9,967 deaths in 2014.
Getting Compensation For Accident Injuries
If you are injured in a vehicle accident in Cook County or elsewhere in Illinois, Elman Law Group offers a free, no-obligation legal consultation concerning the accident and its legal implications. Those injured because of the negligence of others can seek monetary damages for their accident injuries and other harm that has occurred because of these injuries. However, in order to maximize accident compensation, there are various recommended steps one should take.
Elman Law Group, LLC, of Chicago, has been handling such Illinois personal injury cases for over 20 years. During this time we have established a reputation as accomplished court trial attorneys. These trial attorney capabilities have proven valuable to our clients.
Should you be injured in an accident, call Tony Elman, Lead Attorney at the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident, the injuries, and the potential for injury compensation. This consultation is free. As well, there is no further obligation. All conversations are confidential.
Elman Law Group handles Illinois personal injury cases on a contingency basis — clients are not charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.