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Lombard, IL pedestrian accident attorney

Everyone has their own preferred method of transportation, but we are all pedestrians at some point throughout our lifetime. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the groups that saw an increase in traffic fatalities in 2018. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 6,000 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2018. This is the highest number of pedestrian deaths that have been recorded since 1990, prompting much concern about the safety of our nation’s pedestrians. In many cases, pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent drivers. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a pedestrian traffic accident, an Illinois personal injury attorney can help you take the legal necessary steps to recover compensation.

Recovering Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Many campaigns for pedestrian safety start with educating pedestrians on the steps they can take to be proactive and protect themselves. These include paying attention to one's surroundings, wearing reflective or bright clothing at night, and only crossing the street at designated pedestrian crossings. While these things can help prevent an accident, the fault for many accidents involving pedestrians can be traced back to the driver. Many causes of pedestrian accidents include motorists who were driving under the influence, driving while distracted, speeding, or ignoring traffic lights and signs.

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Bloomingdale head-on collision accident attorneyAny kind of car accident has the potential to be dangerous, resulting in serious injuries to those involved. Head-on collisions, however, tend to be some of the most traumatic types of vehicle crashes. In these cases, the force of the impact can cause significant damage to the vehicles and serious or fatal injuries to drivers and passengers. Pursuing compensation after a head-on collision is usually fairly straightforward because of the nature of the accident. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you make sure you are fully compensated for your damages. 

Causes of Head-On Crashes

Car accidents can vary in severity, and they can occur for a variety of reasons. However, head-on collisions are usually very serious, and they often occur because of driver negligence. Some forms of negligence that can lead to head-on crashes include:

  • Impaired driving: Those who are driving while they are under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol are not driving with a clear head. Often, their judgment is skewed, and they do not make the best decisions. They may stray out of their lane and into oncoming traffic, or they may commit other errors that lead them to collide with other vehicles at high speeds, resulting in serious injuries.

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Lombard, IL auto accident attorneyObtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teens in the United States. Although teenagers are often eager to get behind the wheel, they may pose a significant danger to both themselves as well as other motorists and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,255 teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes in 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Why is it that teen drivers are more susceptible to car accidents?

Inexperience on the Road

Teenagers do not have years of driving experience like most adult motorists do. Even after they have earned their driver’s license, teen drivers are still learning the rules of the road and how to react to certain driving conditions. For example, a teenage motorist may not know how to handle his or her car in heavy traffic or during a snowstorm. Due to their lack of knowledge and understanding, teenagers may be at a higher risk for auto accidents and injuries.

Distracted Driving

Vehicle accidents involving teenagers often occur because of activities that caused drivers to pay less than full attention to the act of driving. NHTSA statistics show that more than 220 teen drivers were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving in 2017. Visual, manual, and cognitive distractions may cause a teen motorist to lose concentration. Actions such as using a cell phone, talking to passengers, changing the radio station, and eating or drinking can all divert a teen driver’s attention away from the road. 

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IL injury lawyerEach year, there are millions of car crashes that happen throughout the United States. According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an estimated 6,452,000 traffic crashes that were reported to police in 2017. Of these crashes, about 1,889,000 of them resulted in injuries and more than 34,000 of the crashes resulted in at least one fatality.

Car accidents happen when you least expect them and they can cause serious injuries and even death. It has been noted that many, if not most car accidents occur because of some sort of driver error. Here are a few tips to keep you safe while on the road and decrease your chances of being in a car accident:

Pay Attention to the Task at Hand

Distracted driving has become a large problem with the rise of smartphones and other electronic devices. When you are behind the wheel, your full and undivided attention should be on driving and the road in front of you. Getting distracted by your cell phone or other things in the car can cause you to be unaware of things happening outside.

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DuPage County auto accident lawyer, car crashes, traffic crash risk, traffic safety, distracted drivingWhether you are driving in DuPage County or in downtown Chicago, you may have noticed speed cameras or red light cameras designed to prevent aggressive driving accidents. One of the aims behind traffic photo enforcement systems, according to the DuPage County Community Resource Information System, is to prevent car accidents caused by aggressive drivers. Two of the most common forms of aggressive driving include speeding and running red lights. These behaviors routinely result in serious and fatal auto accidents.

Still, do speed and red light cameras actually act as a deterrent for aggressive drivers? According to a PubMed Health article, research suggests that speed and red light cameras do reduce the number of traffic crashes and personal injuries, and as such they are a worthwhile intervention.

Speeding and Running Red Lights Are Behaviors That Cause Car Crashes in DuPage County

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