Zealous Representation for Those Injured in Run-Off-Road Crashes
Roadway departure crashes occur with alarming frequency and account for the majority of roadway fatalities. According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, there were over 17,792 fatalities resulting from road departure crashes in 2014. Run-off-road crashes are often caused by negligence on the part of the runaway driver or unsafe roadways.
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we have assisted thousands of Chicago area individuals injured in road departure accidents. The victims of these crashes will often sustain serious injuries that result in mountains of medical bills, the inability to return to work, and significant pain and suffering. Our firm aggressively fights to see that our injured clients recover from the party or parties responsible for their injuries.
What are Road Departure Accidents?
Road departure accidents, also referred to as run-off-road crashes or lane departure accidents, occur when a vehicle crosses an edge line or center line or otherwise leaves the roadway. These crashes will often result in the vehicle rolling over or colliding head-on with another vehicle or fixed object, such as a tree, utility pole, or guardrail.
Common Causes of Road Departure Crashes
There are several common causes of run-off-road accidents, with the number one cause being excessive speed. When a vehicle travels too fast, the driver may lose control, especially when approaching a curve. Driver intoxication and impairment are two other central causes. Impaired drivers may overcorrect, drift off the roadways, and otherwise accidently run-off the road. Drivers who text or fail to pay attention to the road may travel into another lane or off the road in just the few seconds they are looking down or away from the road. Finally, tire blowouts or unsafe roadways are two non-driver error related causes of run-off road accidents. When a tire blows, the vehicle may lose control and exit the roadway. If a road lacks sufficient guardrails or is designed in an unsafe manner, this can give rise to road departure crashes.
Liability for Run-Off Road Accidents
If you are injured in a run-off-road accident, investigations will be conducted to uncover fault for the crash. Road departure accidents will often involve clear fault on the part of the driver that left the roadway. Physical evidence, witness statements, and road cameras can all help investigators to determine fault for an accident. If the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the other driver, you might be able to pursue compensation for your accident-related losses. This can include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. At times, the vehicle that ran off the road may have a viable action against a parts manufacturer, the government, or another liable party. Consult with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the crash to explore your full panoply of legal rights.
Put Our Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience to Work on Your Case!
Road departure accidents kill tens of thousands of Americans annually and injure many more. If you have been involved in a run-off-road accident, the Chicago Car Accident Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC are here to help. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. We provide each client with individualized attention and care, striving to achieve your full recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at (312) 422-0509 or by filling out a free contact form online.