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Wheaton personal injury lawyerThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that over 32,000 people are killed in auto accidents each year in the United States and approximately 2 million are injured. Although we rarely think about it, getting into a car is statistically one of the most dangerous things most people do on a daily basis. Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, much of the country has been ordered to stay at home during the last few months. While many states saw a decrease in serious motor vehicle accidents during quarantine, Illinois surprisingly had more fatal auto accidents in March than in the months preceding the quarantine.  

Increases in Speeding and Reckless Driving 

For much of the beginning of 2020, most nonessential employees were furloughed and asked not to come into work. A large percentage of workers were also required to work from home. Restaurants, bars, and other businesses closed their doors to customers in an attempt to stop the spread of the pandemic. Since so many people were staying home due to the quarantine, most would expect the frequency of fatal auto accidents to decrease. Indeed, some states did see a major decrease in roadway deaths. For example, fatal auto accidents were down 32 percent in Hawaii and down 28 percent in Iowa. However, Illinois experienced an 11 percent increase in fatal traffic accidents in March of this year. The National Safety Council has speculated that although the roads are emptier, they are more deadly. This may be due to an increase in speeding, reckless driving, and violation of other traffic laws as a response to fewer cars on the road.

What To Do If You Have Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Car Accident

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you are likely unsure of what to do next. You may be burdened not only by your personal loss but also by significant financial stress. Your loved one may have required expensive emergency room treatment and hospitalization between the accident and his or her death. You may also be struggling without the financial support your loved one provided. If your loved one’s death was the result of a negligent driver, a wrongful death claim may help you recover compensation for your losses. You could be compensated for your loved one’s medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost income, and more.

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Waukegan Personal Injury Law Firm

Being in a car wreck can be extremely traumatic, even if you did not sustain severe physical injuries yourself. If you witnessed a death or saw severely injured people being pulled from crushed vehicles, you could be at risk of developing emotional disorders such as anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You could also suffer psychological aftereffects from the nature of the collision itself, such as one involving multiple vehicles, fires, or rollovers. 

Many People Suffer from PTSD After a Car Accident

A study released in 2018 found that roughly one in five survivors of roadway traffic accidents suffered from PTSD. Females and people whose education stopped short of a college degree were more likely than others to develop PTSD. 

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Waukegan Car Accident Lawyer

When a car crash in Illinois causes serious injury, you may wonder, “Who will pay these medical bills?” The short answer is, “You.” When you seek medical treatment, you are personally responsible for making sure the bills get paid. However, the longer answer is, “A combination of your own pocket, your health insurance coverage, your auto insurance coverage, the insurance of the at-fault driver, and the at-fault driver personally.”

In general, your own health insurance is going to be your first and best option to get medical bills paid as quickly as possible. At the same time, you must report the accident to your auto insurance company and the auto insurance company of any other drivers involved in the collision.

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Lake County car accident lawyer

Every year, thousands of Americans suffer serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions. In many instances, these accidents are caused by the careless actions of a driver. Reckless driving can range from drinking and driving to failing to signal when turning or following other vehicles too closely. One of the most deadly forms of reckless driving is speeding. Despite the risk of traffic tickets and potential loss of driving privileges, drivers regularly choose to drive at speeds above the legal speed limit. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident caused by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to significant injury compensation.

The Consequences of Speeding

In the United States, speeding is a primary factor in more than 25 percent of all fatal motor vehicle collisions. In 2017, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a total of 9,717 Americans were killed in collisions caused by speeding drivers. In today’s busy world, people tend to speed because they are in a hurry to get from place to place.

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Lake County auto accident attorney

On March 30, two drivers were fatally injured in a head-on collision on I-94, near Libertyville, when one driver was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes. Both drivers, one of which was a 55-year-old Illinois State Police trooper, died due to injuries suffered by the time medical personnel arrived on the scene. 

The collision reminded all Illinoisans of the serious danger head-on collisions present. If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the actions of another driver, it is important to seek experienced legal assistance as soon as possible. 

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