Most Common Types of Traffic Accidents

Web Admin - Thursday, July 21, 2016

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, just under 300,000 automobile accidents happened in 2014. More than 800 automobile accidents happen per day in Illinois, and more than two people are killed each day by automobile accidents. There were nine people injured every hour in Illinois automobile accidents. These are some startling statistics about automobile accidents on Illinois highways and roadways. It is dangerous to be on the road, and anyone could be involved in an auto accident at any time. If you have been involved in an automobile accident, the experienced personal injury lawyers at our law firm are eager to assist you with your case today.

Most Common Types of Auto Accidents In Illinois

Some types of automobile accidents happen more frequently than others. In terms of collisions that cause injuries, the top five types of automobile collisions include:

1. Accidents where one vehicle rear-ends another vehicle. In Illinois, the leading type of automobile accident involves one vehicle rear-ending another vehicle. There were more than 18,000 rear-end accidents in Illinois in 2014 that produced injuries. This make sense since there are so many different ways that a rear-end accident could occur. A driver in the front could suddenly hit the brakes, or an inattentive driver could not be paying attention to the road and could run into the rear end of a vehicle that is stopped, waiting for a light to change, for example. 

2. Accidents that happen due to a vehicle turning. The second most frequent type of automobile accident that happens is an accident involving turning. There were more than 10,000 turning accidents that caused injuries in 2014. A driver may fail to use their turn indicator, or a driver might not be paying attention to a turning vehicle and could cause an accident. 

3. Accidents that occur at an angle. One of the most difficult things to determine when you are behind the wheel is when another driver is going to go at an angle rather than straight or a 90 degree turn. Multiple-way stops and circles are difficult to navigate, especially when other drivers are trying to navigate them as well. Nearly 8,000 accidents in Illinois in 2014 involved a vehicle being hit at an angle. 

4. Collision with a fixed object. One of the more common single-vehicle accident types involves collisions with a fixed object, such as a tree or lamp post. Nearly 8,000 accidents in 2014 were attributed to a vehicle striking a fixed object. 

5. Accidents involving hitting a pedestrian. Unfortunately, the fifth most common type of automobile accident in Illinois in 2014 involved striking or hitting a pedestrian. There were nearly 4,200 accidents involving injured pedestrians. 

If you or a loved one has been involved in a traffic accident, contact one of our experienced Illinois accident attorneys today. Our firm serves the communities of Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Palatine, Des Plaines, Inverness, Deer Park, Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Barrington and Arlington Heights. Please do not hesitate to call us at 847-934-6000 to speak to a member of our team.

Ken Apicella
About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Pedestrian Traffic Accidents in Illinois

Web Admin - Thursday, March 13, 2014

illinois pedestrian accident attorneyWhile many traffic accidents can cause the victims serious injuries, accidents involving a car and a pedestrian can be particularly devastating. The pedestrian’s complete lack of protection can leave them especially vulnerable to injury. In fact, of the hundreds of pedestrian-vehicle accidents that happen each year in suburban Cook County, almost 25 percent of them result in fatal or incapacitating injuries, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s crash summary report. Pedestrians should be aware of the common causes and consequences of traffic accidents, as well as the legal ramifications of one, in order to keep themselves safe.

Causes and Consequences of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents

Traffic accidents involving pedestrians have a wide variety of different causes. One of the most common causes is simple carelessness on the part of the driver. Failing to stay alert for pedestrians at crosswalks and in the street can lead to serious accidents. Evening and night driving can also exacerbate these problems because the low light makes people more difficult to see. 

This is especially true for elderly drivers whose increased risk for vision problems already makes them more likely to be involved in car accidents. Violations of traffic laws are also common causes of pedestrian injury, especially driving under the influence and speeding. Accidents resulting from speeding can be particularly problematic because the higher speeds can cause more severe injuries to the unprotected pedestrian.

When these accidents do happen, the injuries that arise can be quite serious. Pedestrians can experience a range of injuries, including:

  • - Broken bones;

  • - Head trauma;

  • - Brain injuries;

  • - Paraplegia;

  • - Quadriplegia;

  • - Amputations;

  • - Disfigurements; and

  • - Injuries to the neck, back, and spinal cord.

The Legal Side of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents

These sorts of accidents can give rise to personal injury claims on the part of the pedestrian if they suffer a serious enough injury. The personal injury case will hinge on the legal concept of “negligence.” This means that the driver, or their insurance, will likely have to compensate the pedestrian for their injuries if the court finds that the driver acted negligently, meaning that they acted without reasonable care for the other people around them. This concept is also important when judging the pedestrian’s actions, because the pedestrian may have been negligent as well.

For instances in which both the pedestrian and the driver were negligent, Illinois judges fault based on “comparative negligence.” The doctrine of comparative negligence means that a person’s ability to recover for their injuries is reduced if they were also acting carelessly. For example, if a pedestrian is 20 percent responsible for their injuries, they would only be able to recover 80 percent of their costs. Furthermore, if a pedestrian is more than 50 percent responsible for their own injuries, they cannot recover at all.

If you have recently been involved in a pedestrian-automobile accident, contact an Illinois personal injury attorney in your area. We represent clients in matters like this in many northwest suburban towns, such as Crystal Lake, Des Plaines, and Arlington Heights.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Recent Posts


Illinois employment law firm Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Illinois trusts attorney wrongful death estate plan Inverness elder law lawyer eluding a police officer personal injury accidents Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act car crashes employee discrimination Chicago lawyer Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission employment law, Illinois employment laws Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney boating under the influence workers compensation Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer life insurance policy Illinois estate planning cell phone tower data healthcare claims bad faith insurance claims Palatine law firm residential real estate BUI small business Chicago employment lawyer Illinois lawyer driving Do Not Resuscitate Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Illinois Human Rights Act gift taxes Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Illinois medical malpractice Mount Prospect elder law attorney Barrington criminal defense lawyer IRS spinal cord injuries hit and run accident Buffalo Grove traffic attorney expungement Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Schaumburg estate planning attorney trench injuries insurance claim dispute attorney Illinois driving without license Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Palatine civil litigation lawyer car accidents denial of life insurance brain injury Schaumburg probate attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer bicycle accidents Illinois real estate consent to a search Inverness accident lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer deed transfer insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys breach of contract insurance claim denials bike accident Arlington Heights employment attorney Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers spinal cord injury Barrington estate planning lawyer Illinois workers compensation attorney employees loopholes Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Chicago estate planning lawyer Des Plaines real estate attorney real estate zoning power of attorney swimming pools Palatine traffic lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Arlington Heights criminal lawyer criminal Liquor Control Act digital evidence living trust benefits Illinois wills and trusts insurance dispute attorney Buffalo Grove real estate attorney estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, DUI penalities Inverness injury lawyer Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers unpaid overtime in terrorem provision trusts Schaumburg car accident attorney Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Palatine drug lawyer manufacturing automated cars business litigation income distribution deducation Inverness traffic law firm involuntary manslaughter Rolling Meadows traffic attorney homestead rights Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Legal Info Illinois civil litigation lawyer Illinois will lawyer unauthorized overtime personal injury claims Chicago traffic lawyer dealing with problem employees Schaumburg drug defense lawyer pedestrian-automobile accident slip and fall accidents criminal defense Illinois employee rights attorney. Arlington Heights TBI attorney Palatine probate lawyer sexual images Schaumburg personal injury attorney Illinois mortgages insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Mount Prospect real estate lawyer employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, personal injury attorney Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers problem employees Arlington Heights personal injury attorney jet ski CAM special needs trust owner responsibility pain and suffering Long Grove estate planning Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Schaumburg employment attorney Attorney Ken Apicella sole proprietorship Thanksgiving Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer first degree murder medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake employment lawyer drug crime pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality DUI defense FSLA Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Home Sale Contingencies Schaumburg estate attorney Barrington employment law attorney Inverness insurance attorney Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, denied insurance claims reckless homicide life insurance Palatine workers compensation lawyer digital assets Fourth of July Des Plaines drug lawyer Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers blended families Illinois car accident attorney Illinois insurance lawyer Chicago insurance law firm life insurance lawyer medical research Des Plaines personal injury attorney holiday statistics rollover car crashes Deer Park personal injury lawyer Mt Prospect Attorney Des Plaines criminal attorney employment contract Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer irrevocable trust product liability Deer Park DUI lawyer insurance claim denial Schaumburg insurance lawyers Illinois insurance claims lawyers Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Illinois defective products attorney living wills Barrington business law firm GM ignition switches car accident lawyers Barrington workers compensation attorney probate Barrington boating accident attorney Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Palatine real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance attorney insurance claim dispute Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney Jay Andrew trauma after an accident Inverness DUI lawyer Crystal Lake employment attorney Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer clemency cell phone Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Policy Cancellation employment lawyer Chicago employment attorney Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Arlington Heights accident attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Deer Park accident attorney Arlington Heights injury attorney auto accidents Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute drug crimes personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys DMV drug crimes lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Rolling Meadows tax attorney ken apicella Illinois personal injury attorney wrongful termination caretaker rights ACA Illinois home inspection Illinois job attorney car accident license suspension Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Illinois insurance claim attorney Palatine corporate attorney Chicago biking tips Deer Park traffic accident attorney estate attorney Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer POA Chicago estate planning work unions deadly crashes insurance claim rest breaks Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer creditors Des Plaines injury law firm Des Plaines personal injury lawyers trust payments Illinois estate planning law firm Illinois traffic laws Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer underfunded trust Palatine employment law lawyer Illinois employment lawyer paid sick leave federal regulations for LLCs Palatine trusts lawyer Joliet general practice lawyers insurance agent negligence probate claims process Illinois registered agent Barrington civil litigation attorney Palatine business attorney pizza emoji digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Palatine corporate law attorneys civil litigation Whistleblower Claims South Barrington real estate attorney Illinois collections attorney internet whistleblower protections right to work murder liability IRA benefits controlled substance Palatine criminal defense lawyer Barrington estate planning attorney Arlington Heights traffic attorney distracted driving accidents natural gas Illinois law Illinois traffic attorney Self-Directed IRA Accounts Buffalo Grove employment lawyer compensatory time marijuana crimes attorney Inverness probate lawyer Colin H. Gilbert pet law llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Barrington Traffic Lawyer Buffalo Grove injury lawyer personal injury claim job lawyers probate fees Des Plaines accident attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Deer Park employment law attorney wills Des Plaines civil attorney Illinois insurance disputes Illinois corporate lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Palatine insurance lawyer Illinois traffic accident lawyer Rolling Meadows business lawyer Palatine personal injury lawyer Illinois pedestrian accident attorney estate planning attorney Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Arlington Heights estate planning attorney estate planning trusts condo home inspection lawyer murder charges drugs Deer Park real estate law firm Schaumburg Attorney pet bites products liability traffic accidents preventable medical errors hands free device Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer commercial leasing Forcible Entry blood alcohol content Illinois medical malpractice attorney car crash employee rights new real estate form Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Illinois construction accident attorney sexual harassment slip and fall insurance negligence Des Plaines collections attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer underinsured motorist living trust vs will vacation home license defective products lawyer life insurance claims Illinois medical malpractice claim personal injury law firm Palatine elder law attorney Crystal Lake law firm Barrington drug crime attorney wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Palatine estate planning lawyer Barrington employment law firm disability benefits power of attorney for healthcare medical malpractice claims Des Plaines real estate lawyer Affordable Care Act Crystal Lake car accident lawyer changes to mortgage law gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys traffic crimes Barrington attorney drunk driving Buffalo Grove probate lawyer elder law capital gains tax insurance claims Schaumburg employment law attorneys Rolling Meadows real estate attorney Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Palatine construction attorney Inverness estate planning lawyer IRELA healthcare Kenilworth estate planning lawyer medical malpractice compensation criminal record Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer real estate attorneys real estate contract Arlington Heights real estate lawyer accidental death benefits pedestrian accident Deer Park workers compensation lawyer rent to own real estate contracts Family Medical Leave Act South Barrington real estate lawyer Arlington Heights insurance attorney personal injury lawyer DGAA BAC Illinois personal injury lawyer probate lawyer real estate closing appealing an insurance claim condo association civil litigation attorney Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer caregiver Landlord Tenant Ordinance car collision workers comp attorney fees low-ball insurance settlement trucking accidents Illinois small business Arlington Heights car accident lawyer marijuana surgical mistakes Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer jet ski accidents LLCs Illinois workers compensation lawyer Palatine employment attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys meal breaks Barrington employment attorney guardianship attorney distracted driving accident victims traffic violations Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer dram shop law DUI Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Illinois estate planning attorney Illinois traffic attorneys Colin Gilbert head on collisions murder defense Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Illinois pet lawyer Inverness real estate attorney Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Illinois trucking safety BAIID loss of consortium Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Illinois employment laws Illinois business law atorneys health insurance dispute boating accidents child safety Arlington Heights Attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney minimum wage motorcycle accident lawyer liens Employment Discrimination Law Barrington personal injury lawyer traffic offenses wage theft investment property insurance dispute Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows employment law attorney personal injury no contest clauses car crash injuries Chicago corporate attorney insurance claim delay Illinois boating accident lawyer hiring employees Buffalo Grove law firm traumatic brain injuries forming a corporation in Illinois traumatic brain injury Super Mario foreclosure Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Illinois insurance attorney revenge porn employment law bicycle dooring accidents Rolling Meadows employment attorney real estate Illinois real estate lawyer vacation home fines Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney overtime pay Illinois employment attorneys Palatine employment lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys FMLA insurance denial appeals Kenilworth estate planning attorney independent contractor Inverness real estate lawyer Barrington litigation attorney Palatine civil attorney drug possession Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Illinois personal injury Illinois business lawyer Inverness civil lawyer privacy Crystal Lake pet attorney Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer senior citizens anesthesia errors employment attorney Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer license revocation startup company Inverness corporate attorney construction accidents Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents agent truck collisions Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Schaumburg wrongful death attorney traffic tickets Rolling Meadows Attorney Des Plaines insurance attorney field sobriety test comp time dog bites cell phone accidents Transfer on Death Instrument Rolling Meadows criminal attorney installment contracts college kids trustee Des Plaines pet law attorney insurance attorney Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer Chicago insurance claim attorneys fault based insurance ObamaCare drunk driving statistics Illinois elder law attorney insurance disputes Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer privacy laws Illinois rollover accident lawyers Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney civil rights violation unfunded trust living trust TBI Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Crystal Lake injury attorney severance agreements Crystal Lake will lawyer rollover accidents fatal car accidents commercial real estate pregnant women Arlington Heights car crash attorneys boating DUI Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney insurance denials Illinois living will DNR DUI attorney landlord icy parking lots filing a medical malpractice claim traffic violations defense estate planning lawyer Illinois bicycle safety food poisoning pedestrian accidents Crystal Lake personal injury attorney traffic deaths tax attorney Palatine Attorney Retaliatory Discharge Palatine injury attorney real estate leasing social media after death suspended license speeding estate planning Deer Park criminal attorney Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer commercial leases Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois Sales Representative Act Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Illinois tax attorney School Visitation Rights Act Crystal Lake tax lawyer overtime violations Inverness personal injury attorney Illinois red light cameras Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers probate process Barrington criminal lawyer Barrington injury attorney Crystal Lake business law attorneys federal crimes nursing home negligence Crystal Lake car accident attorney workers compensation benefits Crystal Lake traffic attorney Illinois workplace lawyer Schaumburg criminal attorney mortgage medical marijuana Long Grove real estate attorney texting while driving PTSD Chicago trucking accident attorney natural gas explosion Illinois attorney Schaumburg corporate attorney breathalyzer test Illinois probate lawyer Detainer Actions Illinois employment law attorney Chicago attorney Illinois criminal defense attorney Schaumburg Illinois LLC creation Schaumburg traffic lawyer Schaumburg elder law lawyer taxes uninsured motorist Illinois DUI attorney traffic laws employee misclassification texting and driving preventing accidents Rolling Meadows Des Plaines Long Grove estate planning attorney trucking accident lawyers Palatine traffic accidents real estate lawyer construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Deer Park traffic lawyer estate tax fiduciary rule delay estate planning for college students digital information Illinois wrongful termination lawyer IRA trust transfer Illinois personal injury lawyers modern family estate planning Fair Labor Standards Act probate claims Barrington personal injury attorney liability claims financial advisors criminal law real estate attorney rumble strips Schaumburg real estate lawyer Arlington Heights tax lawyer operating agreements Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Illinois injury lawyer mass shooting insurance adjusters Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer Illinois employment law fiduciary rule medication errors estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers institutional trustee Des Plaines DUI attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney Chicago will attorney Arlington Heights lawyer defective products crossover accidents dynasty trusts corporate law Illinois employment law attorneys golf accidents denied insurance claim Chicago car accident lawyer underage DUI license reinstatement unpaid assessment advance healthcare directive motorcycle accident car accident lawyer premises liability Palatine punch death Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Schaumburg criminal law attorney Long Grove real estate lawyer insurance agents Illinois medical malpractice case Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Illinois Smoke Detector Act back injuries Exclusions Class A misdemeanor Illinois speeding lawyer elder abuse Home Remodeling Repair Act foreclosed rental property landlord tenant law workplace sexual harassment wills and trusts Barrington medical malpractice lawyers