Common Causes of Car Accidents

CHICAGO, IL, October 31, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Never assume that just because your car collision was “minor” that you may not have serious injuries. Even in cases where there is little car or other property damage, drivers and passengers can still suffer debilitating injuries, including:

Spinal cord injuries
Head, neck and shoulder injuries
Brain injuries
We have represented people involved in accidents at intersections, weather-related crashes, multicar collisions and hit-and-run crashes as experienced car accident lawyers serving Chicago.

A critical part of your claim will be the medical record we develop to present to the insurance company. Many injuries are not easily detectable, meaning it is important to have thorough medical evidence to support a compensation claim. With our firm working on your claim, you will know that you have a legal team of seeking every dollar of compensation you deserve for your injuries.

In 2016, the people of Illinois were involved in over 300,000 car accidents. About 20 percent, or 60,000, of these crashes resulted in a serious injury. And about 1 percent, or 1,000, of them ended in death. Most of these injuries occur in the Chicago area: a mix of nasty winter weather and dense urban traffic make for a dangerous driving environment.

If you were involved in one of these accidents or any other accident, you need a car accident attorney in Illinois. The Law Offices of John S. Eliasik aggressively defend our clients and advocate for their rights in court. Our car accident attorneys are experienced trial professionals who are ready and willing to go the distance necessary to secure the compensation our clients deserve, even if that means going to court. We know the impact of even a small car accident and can help you get the relief you need.

Common causes of car accidents

Car accidents can happen for many reasons. Accidents can happen when two people are driving safely, but usually they occur because of one driver’s negligence. Here are some common reasons for accidents:

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Drowsy driving
Distracted driving
Disobeying traffic laws or signals
Aggressive driving
Bad weather
Also, here some common indicators of fault:

Not stopping at a stop sign
Backing out and hitting another car
Driving without legally required glasses
Driving without headlights on at night
Driving distracted by texting, being on the phone, eating, etc.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
If the other driver was doing any of these, it’s likely the accident is their fault legally. Of course, there are more factors that are considered when determining fault, but this is a good start.

If you had a car accident that was not your fault

The first thing people do after they get into a car accident that wasn’t their fault is hire an attorney. They almost always hire a local attorney: so if you live in Chicago, you need an attorney in the Chicago area.

An attorney will help the process go much smoother for you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Here’s what our attorneys will do:

Understand the accident to find out its cause
Make it clear that the person who caused the accident is responsible for the accident
Find the best source of compensation from insurance
Learn about all of your medical needs and recommend a doctor
Count all of your financial and nonfinancial losses
Our attorney’s will get the compensation you need for all of your losses.

This process can be confusing for most people; an attorney will take care of the whole process and make it really easy for you, but an example will clear up how the process works.


Jim gets in a car accident with Sally when Sally makes a left turn into the front left side of Jim’s vehicle. Jim had a green light and Sally had a green light for yield. The accident is Sally’s fault. Jim gets all of Sally’s contact information and goes to the hospital for serious back injuries. At the hospital Jim racks up $25,000 in medical bills; he goes to an attorney as soon as he gets out of the hospital. The attorney listens to the case and then determines the best source of compensation. Sally works a minimum wage job. But she has an insurance policy worth over $100,000. This is an important note, whether the attorney sues Sally or the insurance company, generally, Sally herself won’t pay the money, her insurance company will.

Jim’s attorney files a claim against Sally’s insurance company. Instead of taking the matter to court, the insurance company agrees to settle the matter for $35,000. If Jim had filed a claim without an attorney, the insurance company may have only given him $25,000 maximum because they would not have taken him as seriously. Jim didn’t pay the attorney anything upfront and only now that Jim gets paid does the attorney get paid: the attorney gets paid a percentage of the settlement amount.

This is a routine process. An insurance company will give a self-represented person less every time. Hire an attorney and the process is easier and you will be compensated with what you deserve.

How much is a car accident claim worth?

Here are some real car accidents that happened in Illinois and the real amount the plaintiff (the person suing) received.

Dislocated collarbone from car accident

When: 1992

Where: St. Clair County, Illinois

Facts: The plaintiff was 14 years old and driving with his mom. His mom turned left in front of another car — both with green lights — they collided. The plaintiff’s collarbone was dislocated and cost $1,100 in medical bills. Ultimately, the jury sided with the defendant, because the plaintiff was making the left turn, and the plaintiff got nothing.

Neck injury

When: 1992

Where: Madison County, Illinois

Facts: The plaintiff was driving and was rear-ended while stopping to turn right onto a small access road. The defendant was speeding. The accident caused neck bone, tissue, and nerve damage and resulted in $3,000 in medical bills and $500 in lost wages. It went before a jury and the jury awarded $6,720 to the plaintiff.

Death by head injury

When: 1994

Where: Cook County, Illinois

Facts: 28-year-old Hurley was driving down the road when a tractor-trailer pulled out in front of him. Hurley’s car went right under the trailer, tearing the roof from the car. He didn’t survive. His wife brought the lawsuit against the tractor-trailer company. The company settled the matter for $1.4 million.

Car Accident Attorneys – Chicago, IL

Attorneys that Advocate for Accident Victims
If you have been in an accident, you need a lawyer who understands how to fight for your rights. That’s why you should opt for John S. Eliasik. An experienced insurance company defense attorney, John now leverages the information he used while defending insurance companies to defend their victims. He knows what tactics work and how to best employ them to maximize the compensation his clients receive.

With our firm, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. We’ll take our time to carefully investigate your accident and determine its cause so that we can assign liability to the responsible parties. Once we’ve done that, we’ll shift our attention to determine what potential sources exist for insurance compensation, talk to you about your medical needs resulting from the accident, and will carefully detail your losses, economic and noneconomic alike, for inclusion in your case. Our overall goal is to get you the financial resources you need to help compensate for your losses and secure your needed rehabilitation services and medical care.

A Strong Ally

The Law Offices of John S. Eliasik can handle even the most complex of motor vehicle accidents in Illinois. Our team is extensive and includes experts we can call upon for their expertise and collaboration. With a mix of experienced attorneys and industry experts, our professionals will fight for your rights and secure your jury award or settlement.

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