Car Accident Case Evidence in Illinois

Facial injuries in an Illinois auto collision range from the relatively minor, such as a chipped tooth or a black eye, to severe facial lacerations, broken bones, deformed facial features, and burns. The severity and mechanism of injury to the face depends upon the physical factors at play in the crash. The size, weight of a vehicle, and the direction of travel of the vehicle, combined with the speed of the vehicle or vehicles will determine the forces imparted on the body, especially the face.

An accident victim’s face is exposed to danger. Despite the prominence airbags and seatbelt use, facial injuries are incredibly common. They are also the most challenging injuries to endure. Common facial injuries in Chicago car crashes are:

  • Deep, jagged lacerations that can only be closed with precise suturing after plastic or reconstructive surgery.
  • Broken or crushed bones of the face, including the nose, jaw, skull, or eye socket. Severely broken bones could lead to facial deformity. 
  • Eye injuries inflicted by flying debris, especially glass, or striking something hard in or around the eye socket. A person’s eye can sustain damage even if there is no direct strike. Damage inflicted at or near the eye can cause extreme swelling, loss of eyesight, and intense pain.
  • Burns to the face can occur as well, even if there is no fire. The chemical compounds contained in a car’s airbags can cause a chemical burn, or a seatbelt that runs along a person’s head or neck can result in a friction burn. A car fire can also cause the accident victim to suffer burns about the face and head.

Compensation for facial injuries in Illinois car accidents depends mainly on the facts and circumstances of the crash. A car collision victim who suffers facial injuries, especially permanent injuries, from scarring, burns, or deformities deserves to receive the maximum amount of financial compensation allowed under the circumstances.  

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The power generated by a motor vehicle colliding with another creates a tremendous amount of force and pushes and pulls the cars, and the people inside, in unnatural ways. The power of an impact with another car can flip a vehicle or send the car off of the road, causing it to roll over. Anytime a motor vehicle comes off of its tires, the chances are high that the people inside the car may become trapped.

Flipped autos or rollover accidents are not the only way that a person might become trapped in an Illinois accident. A head-on collision, a t-bone crash, or a rear-end collision can trap a passenger seated anywhere in the vehicle. The speed, direction of travel, the height, weight, and safety features of the autos involved in a crash could determine if someone gets trapped. A collision from any direction could pin the doors shut, push the steering column into the driver, fold the roof down, or cave in the backseat.

Wearing safety belts and driving cars filled with airbags, crumple zones, and other safety measures will help protect the occupants, but even the most sophisticated safety features cannot adequately safeguard Illinois accident victims who become trapped in their vehicles because of a collision. The person trapped in a demolished or overturned car is prone to severe injury or even death if not freed immediately. Rescuers might try to break the glass and drag a person to safety. If not, firefighters will need to use cutting tools, spreading tools, and prying tools such as the Jaws-of-Life to free a trapped accident victim.

The mangled and crushed metal will do severe damage to the person trapped within a vehicle crushed in an accident. Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal damage, severe lacerations, amputations, internal injuries, deflated or punctured lungs, and other catastrophic injuries can occur, assuming the trapped accident victim survives.  

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LAKE VILLA, Ill — Lake Villa police and fire responded to a scary head-on crash on Route 83 around 12:45 p.m. according to the Chicago Tribune.* A pickup truck and a Hyundai sports utility vehicle were involved in the head-on collision. The driver of the pickup truck suffered injuries described by authorities as life-threatening. The driver of the Hyundai was also hurt. Authorities said that person’s injuries were not as extensive as the pickup truck driver’s wounds. The accident is under investigation by both the Lake Villa police and the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team.

Witnesses told Lake Villa Police that they saw a gray Dodge Ram pickup truck headed north on Route 83 began to swerve in the vicinity of Townline Road, but just south of Grass Lake Road. The Dodge Ram weaved into the southbound lane of Route 83 according to those same witnesses and collided with the Hyundai SUV head-on. The Dodge Ram was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.

The collision between the two vehicles was extremely violent. The front driver’s wheel blew off of the Dodge Ram and the driver’s front fender, along with the engine compartment folded down. The driver’s airbag deployed. 

The Hyundai appeared to have sustained the worse of the damage. The Hyundai flipped over upon impact. The collision crushed the driver’s side of the engine compartment and collapsed the space near the driver’s door, ripped off the front bumper, and crushed the windshield.  The front tire on the driver’s side was also shorn off. Additionally, bystanders said that the vehicle caught fire. Fortunately, they quickly extinguished the fire and helped with the accident victims.

The debris field shown in a photo posted by the Chicago Tribune creates the impression that the Dodge Ram was well over the double yellow line and into the southbound lane when the impact happened. Police did not say if any criminal charges would issue.

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*Source:https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-lake-villa-serious-crash-st-0410-story.html

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Medical payments, or med pay for short, is essential understand in an Illinois auto insurance policy. An Illinois auto insurance policyholder should be aware of the significance of paying a premium for med pay coverage and know how med pay works to protect you from potential financial ruin if you are in a car accident.

Med pay coverage is based on a “no-fault” insurance system. In other words, med pay coverage — assuming that you pay a premium for the coverage — will pay for medical bills no matter who is at fault in the crash. Determining fault in a collision can take a long time. Meanwhile, your medical bills are piling up, and even though you filed a damage claim against the other driver, settling the case could take a year or two depending on the circumstances. Your insurance company will cover some medical expenses for all drivers insured on the policy and passengers in the vehicle who suffered an injury in the car accident. 

Interestingly, your insurance company may offer medical payments through your policy coverage even if you were hurt in an accident as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle. Unlike Personal Injury Protection or PIP, you do not have a deductible if you file a claim against your med pay coverage. 

Filing a med pay claim does not forfeit your rights to pursue damages from the other driver. Illinois law does not allow two bites at the insurance apple. You must reimburse your insurance for medical payments made on your behalf by your auto insurer. Otherwise, you would be guilty of “double dipping.” However, having the coverage is having peace of mind. The premium expense for med pay coverage is typically very low and is therefore very affordable. Even though it is not compulsory coverage like PIP in many states, med pay coverage is worth the small expense compared to the dire financial straits you might find yourself in if you did not have the coverage.

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Driving under the influence of drugs, sometimes abbreviated by the acronym DUID, is a growing problem in Chicago and elsewhere in the state of Illinois. Some of the statistics recently published about the frequency with which people drive after consuming drugs — meaning illicit drugs, prescription medications, and over-the-counter medicines — are truly staggering. For example, in 2017, 12.8 million people nationwide admitted to taking one drug or another and then driving while the narcotic had a perceptible effect on him or her. Those statistics also show, incredibly, that 66 percent of all motorists in the United States will be involved in at least one drug-involved crash in their lives. 

The types of drugs people are taking before they get behind the wheel vary greatly. According to a survey conducted of blood tests from motorists who died in car crashes and showed some positive reaction to a test for the presence of drugs, 4% had both opiates and marijuana in their blood. Meanwhile, 16% of the blood tests conducted during post mortem examinations showed 16% of motorists had only opiates in their blood, 38% of those tested had only marijuana in their blood, and 42% had some other type of drug. 

Not only are people getting behind the wheel after taking some drug, but they are also drinking and taking drugs as well. The most recent data available demonstrates that the number of people who drink and take drugs, then die in an accident has increased by 16% from 2006 to 2017. Overall, the number indicates that the number of people killed in drug driving accidents has nearly doubled in the last 20 years.

When people drive after taking drugs or combining drugs and alcohol, they quickly lose the ability to drive safely. Ingesting drugs or alcohol slows down a driver’s reaction times, impairs judgment, diminishes reflexes, blurs vision, and can cause a loss of consciousness. A person who gets drives in this condition must be held accountable for the death and destruction he or she causes as a consequence of that person’s reckless decision to drive.

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Vertigo and Tinnitus Following a Car Crash

Tinnitus refers to the buzzing or ringing sound that people hear in their ears. The sounds may continue non-stop throughout the night and day or may start and stop throughout the day.

In some cases, tinnitus occurs in conjunction with vertigo. Both vertigo and tinnitus are problems that originate in a person’s inner ear. The issues can be affiliated with traumatic brain injuries. 

An individual can experience these types of injuries from a car crash and not even develop obvious outward symptoms that something is wrong. The problems can become debilitating and cause trouble with a person’s job and personal life. 

Tinnitus is the result of damage done to the networks of nerves in a person’s ear. It is possible for nerves that are not meant to be involved in hearing to be thrown out of place and begin to hear sounds. This can lead to strangeringing sounds. In addition to a head injury from impact in a crash, the deployment of an airbag can lead to this type of condition as well. The sound of an airbag is actually quite loud, andthe pressure from it can lead to ear problems. In some instances, people even bleed from their ears after the event.

Vertigo causes a lack of balance. The middle ear is where our balance comes from, and injuries that impact this part of the body can lead to vertigo. 

There are ways to treat both of these conditions, but not everyone responds to the same treatment and finding out what works can become an expensive process of elimination. It is important to speak to a medical professional about what might be causing these symptoms. 

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Car Accident Case Evidence in Illinois

Motorists, truck drivers, motorcycle riders, bicycle riders, and pedestrians are all at risk for suffering a hip injury in a Chicago motor vehicle accident. Broken hip bones are painful injuries from which one can recover. Many complications are attendant with fractured hips as well. These injuries can lead to daily agony, which ultimately diminishes the joy one experiences in life. 

Motorcycle riders, cyclists, and pedestrians commonly sustain broken hips in a Chicago car accident. The force of the vehicle striking the body is a primary reason for fractured hip bones. Any person not in a car could easily suffer a hip injury from the first contact with another vehicle as well as when the person lands on the ground. Forces of two impacts are indeed more than powerful enough to break a hip, even in a younger person.

Motorists can suffer a broken hip in a car accident as well. Any traveler, in a passenger car, SUV or large truck can undergo a fractured hip in a crash when the impact jams his or her leg. The upper leg bone can be thrust into the bony hip socket, causing a break. Also, a side impact can cause a fracture, primarily when the impact zone is centered on the person’s hip bones. Similarly, a rollover accident can cause a broken hip bone. The person’s leg might become trapped and turn at an unnatural angle, placing insurmountable force on the hip joint, and thereby leading the bone to break. 

Fractured hips are painful injuries that have numerous possible complications. The joints surrounding the broken hip may heal incorrectly and become deformed or develop arthritis. The fractured hip might render one leg shorter than the other. That disturbs the person’s gait and can cause other back and leg issues. Furthermore, the victim could sustain vascular injuries to the arteries and veins surrounding the damaged bone, delaying healing or causing even greater medical complications. 

For those reasons and many others, a person suffering from a hip fracture sustained in a car accident should fight to obtain the maximum amount of settlement possible.

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Manufacturing safer motor vehicles is a top priority. The latest technology not only serves to protect vehicle occupants from harm if a car is involved in a crash, but also can help avoid accidents. Notwithstanding all of these technological developments, motor vehicle accidents still occur. When they do, the occupants are at an elevated risk of suffering from a severe facial injury.

Shattered glass showering accident victims, as well as colliding with the hard interior components of the auto, can cause serious lacerations. Additionally, striking the steering wheel, dashboard, open glove box, door, or even the seat belt riding up can lead to severe, permanent facial injuries. The exploding airbag can also cause significant facial injuries.

Common Facial Injuries Victims Suffer in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Given the forces applied to the human body when trapped in a vehicle colliding with another object, the injuries could be catastrophic. Multiple injuries are indeed possible. The most common facial injuries we have experience handling are:

  • Deep lacerations from flying glass. These lacerations may result in permanent scarring even after having plastic surgeons repair the damage. Additionally, the psychological trauma of having one’s face permanently scarred can be very difficult to endure.
  • Broken bones are another common injury. The happen with the face collides with an object moving at high speeds. Multiple fractures can occur in a single accident. They are painful injuries that could require reconstructive surgery to repair.
  • Eye injuries can be caused by flying glass and debris. Shards of auto glass can penetrate the thin skin of the eyelid and damage the lens, pupil, and the cornea of the eye. These injuries may cause temporary or permanent blindness.
  • Burn and thermal injuries are not as common but can happen. Leaking fuel can spark a fire. The victim can get trapped in the car and suffer facial burns and injuries related to the extreme heat generated by a fire after a crash.

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Statistically speaking, the chances are high that you will be involved in a car accident in your lifetime. Hopefully, you and the occupants of your vehicle will walk away unscathed. Even if you suffer no injury or a minor injury, you will need to deal with an insurance company. If you were not at fault in the accident, then you will file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This process could be daunting even if you sustained a minor injury. The insurance settlement process becomes infinitely more complicated when the injuries are serious. That is why you must retain an experienced, successful, and aggressive Illinois auto accident attorney to help you with your auto insurance claim and win the largest settlement possible with consideration to the facts and circumstances of your claim.

Settling cases with insurance companies can be very difficult. The large insurance companies that insure the majority of vehicles in Chicago and across Illinois may be customer friendly, but their claims adjusters are challenging to persuade when negotiating a settlement of a third-party claim favorably for the injured accident victim. Insurance adjusters are not advocates for the injured. Instead, the adjusters are in a position to evaluate the case and try to offer as little money as possible, if any, to settle the claim. It takes a skilled negotiator who asserts a compelling claim to maximize the victim’s settlement.

An injured party can take several steps to assist his or her attorney to make the most compelling case possible. You should accumulate all of your medical records relating to your crash. A complete history of your injury will show the insurance company that the accident caused your injury and not another incident. Similarly, assembling all of your medical bills and incidental costs will demonstrate the massive medical expenses caused by your accident. Also, having all of the police reports involved in your accident will help convince the insurance company of the seriousness of your claim. Lastly, lost wages and employment information are vital to the success of your claim. Compile all of the documents that will help prove your economic loss like W-2s, income taxes, and have your employer verify your information.

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Police Officers Recovering After Drunk Driving Slams Officers’ SUV

CHICAGO, Ill. — Two Chicago police officers are healing, and the operator of the car that hit them is under arrest after a spectacular crash. A surveillance camera captured the crash on video. Fox News 8reported that the offending driver had a blood alcohol content that far exceeded the legal limit. The suspected drunk driver was severely injured in the crash. A third car was involved, and that person escaped injury. Fox News 8 reported that the officers’ medical condition was listed as stable. * 

A video taken from a traffic camera or building surveillance video shows the dramatic crash in great detail. The video shows the white Chicago police sports utility vehicle coming toward the camera and straight across the intersection after their traffic light turned green when a red Honda Civic coming from the camera’s right careens into the police cruiser. Officers said that the traffic light was red when the Honda Civic sped into the intersection. The Civic struck the police car on the driver’s side rear quarter with such velocity that the police car came off its four wheels and spun 90-degrees to the right. In doing so, the cruiser struck another vehicle that was turning right from the side of the intersection the police just left.

The officers were on patrol out of Chicago PD’s 19thDistrict. They were lucky not severely injured in the crash. The police allege that the driver’s presumptive blood alcohol level was .205, or over 2 and one-half times the legal limit in Illinois. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.

Drunk driving still accounts for tens of thousands of car crashes every year in the U.S. Despite warnings and the proliferation of ride-share companies, people continue to imbibe excessively and crash their cars. Depending on the circumstances of the collision and what led up to it, the drunk driver and other parties could be liable for losses. Indeed, the driver faces liability for injuries and deaths caused by intoxicated operation, but so does that person’s employer if the driver was on the job when the drunk driving crash occurred, driving a company vehicle in the accident, or was drinking on the job and left the employer’s place of business. Additionally, under Illinois’ Dram Shop Act, bars and restaurants that over serve patrons who get into an accident face civil liability as well.

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