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Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,Car accidents in Illinois can cause bodily injury or death. According to the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 296,049 car accidents in the state in 2014. In about 20 percent of the crashes, injuries were sustained. In 845 car accidents that year, at least one person died.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident where someone else is at fault, the law provides that you are entitled to compensation for your loss. Damages can include a family’s grief, sorrow, and mental suffering. These damages must be asserted in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits Have Certain Requirements

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,The Illinois State Police report an overwhelming number of alarming statistics regarding speeding and its impact on car accidents and injury throughout the state, drawing our attention to the ongoing need to reduce speeding behaviors on our roadways. According to their statistics, approximately 32 percent of all fatal crashes are speed-related, and the number of vehicles operating at 65 mph or higher has increased over time, which has resulted in higher crash impact incidents and a significant increase in fatalities.

Tollway Speed Study Findings

Speeding is especially problematic on our Illinois tollways. A surplus of vehicle traffic operating at such a fast pace, particularly during rush-hour times, creates a prime opportunity for collision and injury. Still, many drivers choose to drive over the limit in an effort to get to where they need to be. The Chicago Tribune revealed a tollway report that found that only one in 20 people obey a 55 mph speed limit on tollways. Even worse is the finding that the average driver speed on tollways floats in the mid to high seventies.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that more than 2.3 million people are injured in auto accidents each year. Some of these injured parties are victims of a negligent driver – someone who was intoxicated, texting while driving, or otherwise behaving in a way that compromised the safety of those around them. The end result is a life that has turned upside down. Sadly, it may be a long time before things are set right again. For some, life will never be the same.

Long-Term Injuries and Wrongful Death

While some injuries do heal over a relatively short time period, there are those that can have long-lasting effects. Those that experience such injuries are likely to need rehabilitation, long-term medical care, and they may miss time from work. Some may be so severely injured that they are unable to return to the activities that they used to enjoy. Examples of severe and long-lasting injuries include:

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Every year, the federal government, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tracks the number of fatalities that happen in traffic-related incidents on the road of the United States. Last month, the NHTSA released its findings for the past year. What they found was that, over the course of 2015, no fewer than 35,092 people died on the roads of America in car crashes or similar events.

Traffic Fatalities Spiked, Nationwide, in 2015

Taken alone, saying that 35,092 people died on the roads in 2015 is meaningless. Without context, it does not communicate why this number is so worrisome.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Car accidents are commonplace in the Chicago area, with its many highways and congested traffic. Less common, however, are explosions that result from such accidents, although they do occur. This July, a multi-car accident caused a tanker truck to burst into flames, leaving several cars decimated and at least one person dead.

The crash occurred on the Stevenson Expressway just east of Cicero Avenue when two trucks collided around 10:50 a.m. on Monday, July 25. One truck was carrying 17,800 pounds of paint, a highly flammable and hazardous material, the other carrying frozen meat. Police believe the truck carrying meat hit a car stopped in front of it, which caused that car to hit the car in front of it, sending that car under the trailer of the truck carrying paint. The paint truck then struck another vehicle in front of it, and both semi-trucks and the other vehicles burst into flames after the flammable paint caught fire and spread to the other vehicles.

Reports indicated that thick, black smoke could be seen for miles. All of the vehicles were soon fully engulfed in flames, and the Chicago Fire Department labeled it a two-alarm fire requiring a Level 1 hazmat response. Fire officials were concerned about the flammable materials running into the road towards oncoming traffic, and consequently closed off major sections of I-55 for miles for hours after the accident. Initially, it appeared that two other vehicles were involved in the crash, but a fifth vehicle, along with a body, was later found in the wreckage.

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