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Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, car wrecks, Some of the grisliest car accidents on major interstates are those in which a car rolls over, known as a rollover crash. In late November, just before Thanksgiving, five people were injured in a single-car rollover accident on I-90, according to Illinois State Police and as reported by CBS Chicago. Police said the two children in the car were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over, and they were both taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Neither did the adults suffer life-threatening injuries. This, of course, is a rare occurrence; all involved in this accident were extremely fortunate to have not been hurt badly.

According to SaferCar.gov, an initiative of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), these types of crashes account for 33 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities, amounting to more than 10,000 people per year. This is a higher fatality rate than other types of highway crashes. The chances of being involved in a rollover crash are much higher if the driver has been drinking or is driving very fast.  Taller and narrower vehicles are more likely to rollover if the driver is not observing the speed limit or has been drinking. According to a different NHTSA report, as SUVs have become more popular, the number of rollover crashes has steadily increased—more than doubled since 1991, “growing faster than any other class of light trucks,” according to the NHTSA.

According to SaferCar.gov, there are two types of rollover crashes: tripped or un-tripped. A tripped rollover is by far the most common, accounting for 95 percent of these types of accident. A tripped accident is one in which the vehicle leaves the road (either because the driver is drifting or because of a rear-end collision) and the tires of the vehicle dig into soft soil on the side of the road or strike an object, such as a guardrail or curb, that causes the car to catapult. Un-tripped rollovers are common with a top-heavy vehicle, and “usually occur during high-speed collision avoidance maneuvers,” according to the NHTSA.

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minor car accident injuryIt may seem like a relief when only minor injuries are listed on motor vehicle accident reports since all too often, these types of collisions can prove fatal. However, minor injuries may still have a long-term effect on car accident victims, impacting both their future quality of life and financial stability.

According to the CDC, more than 2.5 million drivers and passengers sought treatment in emergency rooms in 2012 after being involved in motor vehicle accidents, the leading the cause of death in the United States. This number coincides with the reported increased cost of $80 billion in medical care and losses in productivity which result from motor vehicle accident injuries.

Minor injuries often take significant time to fully heal or manifest as a recurring injury. Examples of common car accident injuries include:

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pedestrian accidentPedestrian accidents are usually relatively well covered by the news, as they can be some of the most deadly motor vehicle incidents that occur. In major cities in which more people get around on foot (as opposed to the suburbs, for example), the rate of pedestrian accidents is higher.

Regardless, the rate of pedestrian accidents in Chicago has consistently declined in recent years. According to the City of Chicago Pedestrian Crash Analysis, the past decade has seen a dramatic downward trend in the number of people injured or killed in pedestrian–motor vehicle accidents. In 2009, for example, the 3,130 pedestrian crashes “represented a nine-year low, dropping eight percent since 2005 and more than 22 percent since 2001,” according to the Pedestrian Crash Analysis.

Chicago was just outside of the top ten of American cities when it came to number of pedestrian accidents for data kept between 2005 and 2009. The city, in fact, had the lowest pedestrian fatality rate in large cities with a population density more than 5,000 people per square mile. Chicago ranked 11th on the list, just behind New York. Phoenix, Arizona had the highest rate of pedestrian accidents, with just more than three fatalities per 100,000 residents.

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trucking accidentA commercial truck driver should be aware of the proper functioning of their truck, any updates to city, state, and federal driving guidelines and laws, and the limitations put into place for driving time. These specific regulations are necessary due to the length of shifts truck drivers sustain and the heavy amount of cargo they carry.

There are limits on what roads a commercial motor vehicle can travel. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, federal law takes into account:

  • vehicle weight on the Interstate System;
  • the width of a vehicle on the National Network;
  • the maximum length of a vehicle on the National Network.

It is important that all road rules and attention to vehicle maintenance are followed by truck drivers because when neglected, accidents can happen.

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CTA bus accidentOn September 11, 2014, a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) accident injured seven people when a bus crashed into parked vehicles in the Oakland neighborhood. CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase told the Chicago Sun-Times that a southbound bus collided with two parked cars at approximately three o’clock in the morning in the Oakland neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Six passengers and the driver of the CTA bus “suffered minor injuries in the crash,” according to Chase and as reported by the Sun-Times.

This is not the first multi-injury crash involving a CTA bus to have occurred this year in Chicago. In April, according to a different article in the Chicago Sun-Times, nine people were hurt when a van crashed into a CTA bus after running a red light. The difference between the incidents, of course, is that the April accident was not the fault of the CTA driver. According to the Sun-Times is was not necessarily the fault of the van driver, either—“the driver of the van attempted to stop,” reports the Sun-Times, “but there may have been a mechanical issue with the van’s brakes.” In August, according to the Chicago Tribune, at least eight people were injured in a CTA bus crash that involved a U-Haul. In this incident, at least six people were taken to area hospitals in fair-to-serious condition.

In May, several lawsuits were filed against the CTA after a blue line derailed near O’Hare Airport and several people were injured. In the event that a public transportation employee is responsible for the accident, the public transportation office (CTA in Chicago) could be held responsible. This could be the case in the September CTA accident, in which it is likely that either the CTA driver or a bus malfunction was responsible for the accident. In the April and August incidents, passengers on the CTA bus would not likely be able to seek compensation for their injuries from the Chicago Transit Authority.

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