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The number of automobile accidents in Illinois, and Champaign-Urbana, rises almost each year as more and more drivers take to the roads crossing our state. While our team of accidents lawyers and car wreck advocates have seen crashes on the roads caused by flies in the cab of a semi truck, bees in a minivan, and of course texting and driving, the types of auto accident cases in Illinois can be categorized as follows:
Koester & Bradley has been handling automobile, motorcycle, and trucking accidents for decades and are familiar with the rules of the road in Illinois, as outlined by the Illinois Statutes governing the operation of anything with an engine on public roadways. Auto and trucking accidents have an increased premium on the LOCAL experience of your lawyer which is why it is vital to have an LOCAL attorney assist you or a loved one in a auto accident case in Illinois. If you accident is in Champaign County, or Central Illinois, you will never be in the best hands with a Chicago attorneys who will only be acquainted with the Cook County and Chicago legal process and juries. This is why Koester & Bradley focus our research and statistical analysis on Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois which serve as the basis for this article.
The legal research team at Koester & Bradley has reviewed the most recent Illinois Department of Transportation data to provide this overview of Accidents types in Illinois with a Central Illinois focus.
In April 2018, the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety published its Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics for the period of January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. According to their findings, 324,473 crashes occurred in Illinois in 2016. All figures and percentages presented throughout this page reflect findings from the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety’s publication of April 2018.
A head-on collision is defined as an accident in which the front ends of two vehicles collide.
A rear end accident is defined as an accident in which the front end of a vehicle crashes into the back of the vehicle in front of it. These accidents commonly happen as a result of inattention or distracted driving, tailgating, or as a result of reduced traction due to weather conditions.
A sideswipe accident, commonly known as a T-bone crash or angle crash, is defined as the side of one vehicle being impacted by the front or end of another vehicle as a result of a collision. These accidents commonly happen at intersections but also likely occur when a driver attempts to change lanes without checking first for another car in his/her path.
A speeding accident is defined as an accident that occurs as a result of a driver exceeding the marked speed limit or the driver driving at a speed too fast for road conditions, such as roads under repair, roads that are not well-lit and road surfaces affected by weather conditions. Koester & Bradley finds that the vast majority of car accidents that our team handles are, at least in some way, tied to speeding or a driver failing to control their speed.
Reckless driving is defined as driving any vehicle with a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. This is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. Going too fast for conditions, driving after drinking, failing to yield to other vehicles and cutting in and out of traffic are examples of actions that may be considered reckless driving. These types of cases required a truly experienced attorney so that the insurance companies involved in the case cannot deny coverage.
Alcohol impaired/drug impaired driving accidents are defined as accidents that occur when a driver’s ability to drive safely is impaired by the consumption of alcohol or by the use of illegal or legal drugs. In Illinois, a driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 is categorized as an “impaired driver”.
Distracted driving accidents are defined as accidents that occur as a result of the driver engaging in an activity that distracts him/her from the act of safe driving. Driving a vehicle while talking on a cell phone, text messaging, talking to passengers, changing the radio station, putting on makeup, eating/drinking, etc. are examples of distracted driving.
Koester & Bradley was integral in handling a series of distracted driving cases that eventually led to Illinois legislation on distracted driving.
Koester & Bradley Case Spotlight: Well before the iPhone had taken over the the American Imagination, Koester & Bradley was one of the first firms in the country to handle a case involving civil liability for distracted driving while using a car phone. Again, a few years later, Koester & Bradley represented the family of a man who was killed when he was struck by a driver who was downloading a ringtone on her phone. While the cases are tragic, the outcome was tough Illinois legislation to address the issue.
A fatigued driving accident is defined as an accident that occurs as a result of physical or mental exertion that impairs the driver’s performance. Factors that can fatigue a driver include strenuous work or non-work activities, lack of adequate sleep, continuous driving and/or a combination. Studies have shown that fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Teen driving/novice driving accidents are accidents in which the driver is aged between 16 to 19 or is a fairly new or inexperienced driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death for United States teenagers. 2,433 United States teenagers aged 16-19 were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016. That means approximately 6 teenagers are dying each day in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, 76 teenagers died in Illinois motor vehicle accidents in 2016.
A work zone is defined as an area of trafficway where construction, maintenance or utility work activities are identified by warning signs, signals or indicators, including those on transport devices that mark the beginning and end of a construction, maintenance or utility work activity. This also includes ongoing, moving work activity, such as roadside mowing and line painting. A work zone accident is defined as a motor vehicle crash occurring within the boundaries of a work zone or the approach to or exit from a work zone, resulting in activity, behavior or control related to the movement of the traffic units through a work zone. It is still considered a work zone crash regardless if workers are present or not at the time of the crash.
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS IN ILLINOIS
A pedestrian accident is defined as a motor vehicle accident in which the person involved in the accident was not at the time of the accident riding in or on a motor vehicle, a motorcycle or a pedal cycle.
Champaign-Urbana Statistics for Pedestrian Accidents
A truck accident is defined as a collision involving an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, tractor-trailer, commercial vehicle, etc. with another vehicle, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, an animal or a stationary object.
Koester & Bradley devotes a large portion of our personal injury practice to trucking accidents across Illinois. The tragic nature of truck accidents cannot be emphasized enough.
A motorcycle accident is defined as a collision involving a motorcycle with another vehicle, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, an animal or a stationary object. Koester & Bradley has recovered one of the largest motorcycle accident cases in the Midwest due to uneven road conditions and devotes much attention to our large motorcycle practice.
Rideshare accidents are accidents in which a rideshare vehicle such as Lyft or Uber is involved in a collision with another vehicle, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, an animal or a stationary object. Claims can be brought on behalf of a rideshare driver, a passenger of the rideshare vehicle, a driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision and/or by the passenger in the other vehicle. At this time, there is no published data on the number of rideshare accidents reported in Illinois. Furthermore, Illinois police reports like many other states do not contain a box to designate whether a car involved in a crash is a rideshare vehicle. Other than an officer noting this designation in the narrative portion of the report, there is no way to document how many rideshare vehicles are involved in car accidents in Illinois unless companies such as Lyft or Uber release this information. The Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety does, however, publish data on the number of taxi cabs involved in crashes. In 2016, 5,199 taxi cabs were involved in collisions in Illinois. 4 of those crashes resulted in fatalities.
Koester & Bradley, LLP provides representation nearly every type of automobile accident or really any accident or collision that stems from the operation of a motorized vehicle. Our experienced team has recovered for clients involved in:
Koester & Bradley believes that nobody should try to negotiate with insurance companies on their own. All major insurance companies from State Farm, to Allstate, Geico, to Progressive will do everything in their power to deny claims and pay the absolute minimum. Before starting to talk to an insurance company representative remember that the company makes money by collecting premiums and denying claims--not providing coverage.
Automobile accidents are everyday occurrences in Illinois. Koester & Bradley believes that learning about the types of the most common roadway accidents is a great way to avoid accidents and receive compensation when one happens. -Ryan Bradley and Tom Koester