As a Chicago personal injury lawyer I frequently represent clients who have been in a Chicago auto accidents. Every day while you are on the road, driving, you are at risk of getting into an auto accident. You can take precautions-seat belts, be vigilant to the cars around you and try to remain forward facing. The highest rates of accidents are caused by drivers who are distracted or impaired. Forbes Magazine reports that by car insurance industry estimates, you will file a claim for a collision about once every 17.9 years. That's if you're an average driver, which, whether you're willing to admit it or not, you likely are. Chances are these crashes won't be deadly. There are about 10 million accidents of all kinds each year, from parking lot scrapes to multi-car pileups, according to the National Safety Council; in 2013, they estimate that approximately 35,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred. Click here to read NSC latest injury and fatality statistics.
Below are some of the most common Chicago auto accidents and injuries that are sustained.
Rear end accidents
Having been in a rear end accident is by far the most common. These types of accidents usually occur at lower speeds (8 to 15mph), thus the speed factor seems low, and insurance companies will argue that "no one could have been hurt". We see that most injuries occur from these types of accidents. Whiplash, injuries to ligaments, tendons and muscles, and neck injuries and back injuries. Though the impact speeds are low, the danger of being seriously injured is very much possible and should not be taken lightly.
Side impact accidents & roll-over accidents
These accidents can be the most dangerous. Seat belts may save your life in such accidents.
Head on collisions
These types of accidents are often the most deadly. The injuries sustained vary depending on the speed and size of each vehicle. Individuals can sustain multiple life threatening injuries including fractures, internal injuries and traumatic brain injuries, the results of which can be permanent.
The above describes just a few of the accidents and injuries that can follow a motor vehicle accident. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision or have a Chicago personal injury, our advice, as always, is: 1) do not make any statements to police or insurance representatives 2) promptly receive necessary medical attention and 3) call Morici, Longo & Associates at (312) 372-9600