Car accidents are among the leading cause of personal injury and death in the United States. In Illinois, auto accidents are just as real, routine and hazardous as anywhere else in the country. In fact, according to a report published by the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were roughly 280,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2011, with more than 84,000 injuries and more than 900 deaths.
While it is logical to assume that being involved in a car accident will long be an inevitable risk drivers and passenger accept when they get behind the wheel and onto the roadways, there are also far too many accidents, injuries and deaths that could have been prevented.
When it comes to preventable car accidents, the main factor involved is negligence. This may come in the form of driver negligence and carelessness, or as the result of manufacturing negligence that produces faulty auto parts. In addition, public agencies can be held responsible for their negligence when unsafe road conditions are not fixed and lead to accidents that injure innocent victims. The most common cause of car accidents, though, is driver negligence, including:
- Traffic violations resulting in accidents
- Driver distraction including texting while driving
- Drunk driving accidents
- Reckless driving
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is required to act safely and to be reasonably cautious of the safety of others on the road. When they fail to do so by acting carelessly, negligently or unlawfully, they can be held legally responsible for compensating any victims they injured. This legal responsibility is known as liability in a car accident. At Patel Law, PC our team of Champaign personal injury lawyers has decades of experience in establishing liability and recovering full compensation for the injured victims we represent. We also have the skills and relentless demeanor to handle complex cases, such as those that involve uninsured and underinsured motorists.
Our firm's experienced and dedicated car accident attorneys are prepared to represent the injured residents of Illinois who have been injured in a car accident. With more than two decades of personal injury experience and a proven record of success in your corner, you can significantly improve your chances of filing an effective personal injury claim and receiving the compensation you need and deserve. We strongly encourage all injured victims and their families to contact our firm as soon as possible after an accident so that we may provide you with a free case evaluation and explain how we can be of assistance.