A wrongful death suit was recently filed against an Illinois man who was involved in a fatal car accident last year. As reported by The Chicago Tribune, the man flew through a stop sign without stopping and ended up colliding with another car. The driver of the other car and two of his passengers were killed as a result of the collision. Also named in the lawsuit is the man’s company that supplied him the car involved in the accident.
The family of the deceased is responsible for the suit, claiming that “comfort, society, and valuable services” have been wrongfully taken from them. As per the suit, the driver was negligent in creating unsafe road conditions by speeding through the stop sign. Our Chicago car accident attorneys have experience with many cases such as this. Alas, we offer the to the family the greatest of our sympathy in these hard times. It is with regret that we note the all too common nature of accidents such as this.
According to a 2003 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “nearly 700000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes occur annually at stop signs.” Accordingly, stop sign accidents account for more than 70 percent of all automotive crashes in the U.S. One third of these accidents resulted in injury, or worse.
The statistics are based on police reports from 1996 to 2000 in four major U.S. cities. Frankly, the facts are shocking, albeit illuminating. Failure to adhere to stop signs is a leading nationwide problem that deserves attention. This is especially true when considering that rear-end accidents, often seen as one of the major scenarios for an accident, only constituted 12 percent of all automotive accidents.
The study further breaks down the statistics, showing that two thirds of people stopped at the stop sign before getting into an accident. The leading cause of accidents in these cases was failed awareness of oncoming traffic. Drivers younger than 18-years-old and older than 65-years-old were found to be disproportionately represented in the statistics.
Our Illinois car accident lawyers urge compliance with traffic safety laws, including adherence to stop signs. The consequences of potentially negligent actions can harm or take away our precious loved ones. Financial and emotional consequences are serious damages, and as such, deserve serious legal avenues for recourse. Should you or a loved one be injured or killed as a result of another’s negligent actions, you can contact our team of experienced Chicago Car accident lawyers to find out what rights may be available to you.