Outside the tight quarters of inner-city Chicago and a few other cities across the state, driving is king in Illinois. There is no easier or more reliable to get around for work, errands or pleasure in the Land of Lincoln than driving your own car.
Although the roads are generally safe, hazard still exist and smart drivers defend themselves and their passengers against them. Times of low visibility, such as dusk or during heavy rain or snow, increase the risk of a collision that could result in serious injury, permanent disability or even death.
Careless or reckless driving is another leading cause of car accidents. Drivers must resist the temptation to text or call on their cellphones while they are driving. It is also dangerous to attempt risky maneuvers such as running stoplights and stop signs, passing multiple vehicles or driving with excessive speed.
A 72-year-old Ashley woman suffered serious injuries after her car overturned during a collision with another car. Her vehicle flipped on Illinois State Route 15 on a recent morning when another driver tried to pass a number of vehicles at once and lost control of her car.
The 28-year-old driver then struck the victim's vehicle, causing injuries that required evacuation by helicopter to a local hospital. The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed and improper passing.
Victims of car accidents or the survivors of traffic fatalities have the right to seek financial damages in civil court to cover medical expenses, income lost during recovery and compensation for pain and emotional distress. An attorney can help victims and their families figure out a legal solution to post-crash problems.
Source: WSIL, "Ashley woman hurt after 2-car crash," Feb. 08, 2018