Aurora Car Accident Lawyer

There are over 8 million licensed drivers in Illinois. Most people will be involved in at least one car accident in their lifetime. When you have been injured, trust the personal injury attorneys at Agruss Law Firm, LLC to help you recover compensation and move forward with your life.

Causes Of Car Accidents

The reason why car accidents occur vary and include the following:

Drunk Driving

There were 309 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Illinois in 2019. Of those fatalities, 18 involved a driver who was under the age of 21. Drivers in the deadliest and most severe crashes had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .15% or higher. Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication and affects balance, speech, memory, and judgment. Drinking too much leads to blurred vision, slurred speech, slower reaction times, difficulty walking, and other impairments that make driving under the influence extremely dangerous.

Speeding

Speeding was the main factor in 33.4% of all crashes in Illinois in 2019, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). 39.2% of fatal crashes and 37.6% of injury crashes in Illinois were caused by speeding. Speeding is a form of reckless driving that doesn’t allow enough time or space to slow down appropriately when approaching a red light, stopped traffic, or changes in road conditions. 

Distracted Driving

When a driver’s mind wanders, their hands leave the wheel, or they take their eyes off the road, they increase their chances of causing an accident. In 2019, over 3,100 people were killed, and approximately 424,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in the US.

Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

There are many different ways to be injured in a car accident, such as the following:

Broken Bones

Fractures are not only very painful, but they are also extremely expensive to treat and require lengthy recovery periods. Bones can break easily from the force of impact. The most common types of fractures in a car accident are:

  • Broken ribs
  • Broken femur
  • Broken pelvis
  • Broken collarbone

Head And Brain Injuries

Head and traumatic brain injuries are very common after car accidents when the head has hit a window, the dashboard, or another hard object. Traumatic brain injuries are categorized as either open or closed. Open TBI is when the skull has been penetrated, and closed TBI is when the injuries occur within the skull. Skull fractures, a type of open TBI, can puncture brain tissue and cause brain bleeding. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are a type of closed TBI when the brain slams into one of the inner walls of the skull, rebounds, and then hits another wall, leading to multiple injuries in different areas of the brain.

Back And Spine Injuries

During a car accident, victims absorb the force of the impact and can be flung in different directions, twisting the spine and resulting in back injuries. Slipped discs, fractured vertebrae, and spinal cord injuries are all common injuries after a car accident that require surgery and months of rehabilitation. Back and spine injuries are very expensive to treat and very physically painful, but our tenacious and compassionate attorneys ensure that you get compensation after your car accident to cover your treatment.

Types of Car Accidents

The following are different types of motor vehicle accidents:

Head-On Accidents

When a driver is not paying attention to street signs and turns down a one-way road, they put themselves and other road users at risk by driving in the wrong direction. Head-on collisions also occur when drivers veer from their lane and hit oncoming traffic. The resulting crash is devastating if both drivers were traveling at high speeds.

Sideswipe Accidents

A sideswipe accident occurs when two vehicles traveling in the same or opposite directions hit each other on either the right or the left side of their vehicles. These are usually the result of one driver merging or changing lanes before ensuring that the lane next to them was clear.

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents occur when one vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle. Whiplash is a common type of injury after a minor rear-end accident but when one or both vehicles are moving at high speeds, the force can throw victims forward into the windshield or the seatbelt, leading to head injuries, broken ribs, and internal bleeding.

T-Bone Accidents

One of the most deadly types of accidents, T-bone accidents occur when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, usually at an intersection. The result is that the damaged vehicles make a T shape.

Damages From A Car Accident

You can recover two types of damages from your car accident: economic damages and non-economic damages. 

Medical expenses, lost wages, future lost earning potential, and car repairs or replacement are all examples of economic damages. Economic damages also include other out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident. For example, if your injuries prevent you from being able to clean your house, go to the grocery store or take care of your kids, then those services will need to be provided by a third party that you will have to pay. Your attorney from Agruss Law Firm, LLC fights hard so that the insurance company for the liable party compensates you for your financial losses.

Non-economic damages refer to compensation for non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering. Non-economic damages are more subjective than economic damages and include humiliation, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, worsening of prior injuries, and loss of companionship.

Schedule A Free Case Evaluation

Choosing a car accident attorney in Aurora is more important than you think. Beyond their years of experience and education, you should also consider how you feel after you meet with your attorney. After all, you will be opening up about your injuries and emotions and will trust them with the outcome of your case. You should feel comfortable being vulnerable with your attorney and confident in their ability to convey your experiences to the insurance company, judge, or jury. Agruss Law Firm, LLC wants you to recover and thrive after your accident, so we fight hard for the best outcome so that you can move forward from your accident. Call us today at (888) 572-0176 to schedule your consultation.

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