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Illinois Car Wrecks: The Four Most Common Types

It is very common to see auto accidents while driving through Illinois. Hundreds of wrecks occur every day. It is a saddening and sober bit of reality, but the fact remains: people are injured often. The odds are significant that you have been or will be involved in an Illinois auto accident at some point. It is in your best interest to be prepared in case you are ever involved in one of these accidents.

There are many things you can do to prepare for an accident. It is helpful to be knowledgeable about car crashes. Knowing things such as the most common causes of traffic accidents in Illinois will help you be informed. The four most common causes for Rockford car crashes are:

  • Distracted drivers. The number one cause for accidents is distracted drivers. It accounts for 25 to 50 percent of crashes. There are many contributing factors that come into play for distracting drivers, the most common being rubbernecking, texting, and the presence of other passengers.
  • Driver fatigue. There are over 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every year associated with driver fatigue. The risk of a fatigued driving accident is highest between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Many drivers decide to save time and drive even when they know they are tired.
  • Drunk driving. A study conducted in 2004 by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration concluded that an estimated 16,654 people were killed due to a drunk-driving related accident. The only way to prevent this type of accident is to simply not drink before getting behind the wheel.
  • Speeding. Driving at an excessive speed reduces the amount of time it takes to avoid a crash well as increases the amount of damage done on impact.

Avoiding situations that will put you in one of these situations can greatly reduce your odds of being involved in a Rockford car wreck. If by chance you have been involved in an automobile crash in Illinois, it is important to seek a reputable and experienced law firm for advice. With seven offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, Hupy and Abraham has a long history of obtaining good settlements for their clients. Call 815-962-2800 or 866-532-4800 toll-free to receive a free consultation. Also ask about how you can receive a free copy of the firm’s book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham