The Madison St. Clair Record reported that an Illinois car accident lawsuit was filed in a case involving a rear-end crash. The article reports that the defendant was “accused of rear-ending several cars while driving in Fairview Heights.” One of the injured victims who was sitting at a red light when the woman hit the car behind him, has filed a lawsuit against the negligent driver, claiming serious personal injuries and asking for over $50,000 in compensation.
Our Chicago rear-end accident lawyers know that these types of accidents are all too common and can lead to very serious injuries. Sites like Driverthink.com and ScienceDaily.com offer some useful tips on how to avoid these types of collisions. Drivers who spend a lot of time in traffic, for commuting to work, travel, etc., are at higher risk for this type of accident. ScienceDaily.com states that in 2006 there were over 1.8 million rear end accidents, and nearly 30% of all injury related car crashes in the United States involve rear-ending. Rear-end accidents are most like to happen when drivers are not paying attention to the car ahead of them, or when the car ahead of them is slowing down and the driver fails to slow down in time. The article states that some technologists are working on creating software that could help create a warning system to tell people to slow down when the car in front of them is slowing down.
DriverThink.com finds two main types of rear-end accidents: the “Dead Stop” and the “Quick Stop”. In the “Dead Stop”, someone is either stopped at a red light or a stop sign, and someone comes from behind and hits them. In the “Quick Stop”, someone suddenly has to make a quick stop, either because of traffic, obstacles in the round or other challenges, and the car behind them can’t slow in time. When a driver does a quick stop, often the driver behind them will not have enough reaction time to stop as well without hitting the car in front of them.
The site offers three basic tips you can use to avoid rear-end accidents such as the one mentioned above. First, always make sure that your brakes and brake lights are working well. Should you need to stop quickly; the lights will help the driver behind you notice your car slowing. Secondly, use the rearview mirror so you know who is driving behind you, and how they are driving. And finally, if someone on the road wants to pass you or is driving aggressively and following your car too closely, move away from him. With someone driving that closely behind you, it is hard to avoid an accident should you make a quick stop or brake.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys have successfully handled many cases in which a negligent driver rear-ended another driver, resulting in serious injury or even death. Most recently, we recovered a $6.5 million settlement for the family of a woman who was killed when the family’s vehicle was rear-ended by a semi truck. She died and her son and husband suffered serious injuries. The truck driver was found to be under the influence of drugs, and was operating an unsafe truck. This case highlights the fact that rear-end accidents can have devastating consequences for victims and their families, and therefore it is crucial to avoid them at all costs. However, if you or a loved one has been involved in this type of accident, please contact us to see how we may be able to help you.