Injuries Resulting From Various Southern Illinois Accident Types

Southern Illinois Vehicle Accident Types

There are various types of vehicle accidents involving injuries in Southern Illinois.  Among types that are summarized on this site include car, truck, pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents.  While some of these injures are “minor injuries,” many of these accidents cause serious if not life-threatening injuries. Some injuries lead to fatalities.  The fatalities can happen immediately after the accident (i.e. the person dies during the crash, i.e. at the accident scene) or the person may die of accident injuries after some time, such as days, weeks, or even months after the accident.

For the non-fatal injuries, the type as well as severity of the injuries can vary significantly.

Reasons For Southern Illinois Accident Injuries 

There are many reasons why vehicle accidents occur.  While there are various ways to avoid and/or minimize the possibility of being hurt in a crash, wearing a seat belt continues to be among the best preventative measures.  Seat belts (or appropriate child-restraint devices for small children) should be worn by all vehicle occupants.  The many safety benefits of seat belt usage and the types of accident injuries that can be avoided are discussed on the “Seat Belt Usage And Traffic Safety Benefits” page.

Various types of accidents and the associated injuries include the following:

Loss Of Vehicle Control

“Loss of vehicle control” accidents are among those that often lead to serious accident injuries and fatalities.  There are many reasons why a driver can lose control of a vehicle, and often the vehicles that are out of control pose an immediate threat to not only the driver and other occupants but also to occupants of other vehicles.   Many aspects of these accidents – including both associated medical and legal issues – are further discussed on the “Southern Illinois Loss Of Vehicle Control Accidents” page.

As seen in the Southern Illinois loss of vehicle control accidents discussed on this site, these accidents can lead to a broad range of injuries.  Crashes of this type are particularly hazardous as many of them happen after the vehicle has left the roadway at higher speeds.  The vehicle involved often collides with fixed objects.  Among accident injuries that can occur are those that involve the head and neck, especially if the vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.  Brain trauma is notable for many reasons.  It varies in both type and severity, and serious head impacts can either lead to fatalities or cause various types of permanent brain injuries and/or significant cognitive or neurological impairments.  Recovery (if it occurs) from a serious brain injury can take a significant amount of time.  On this site head injuries are discussed on the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) In Southern Illinois Accidents” page.

“Head-On Collisions”

“Head-on collisions” typically are highly physically traumatic to vehicle occupants, as vehicle occupants are subject to strong and highly unnatural physical forces.  As seen in many Illinois and Southern Illinois “head-on crashes” it is not uncommon for these crashes to lead to immediate fatalities for some vehicle occupants.

Many aspects of “head-on collisions” are further discussed on the “Southern Illinois ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.  As seen in the crashes highlighted on that page, a high percentage of the crashes led to one or more fatalities.  These crashes happened in Washington County, Litchfield, Marion County, Randolph County, Union County, on Route 158 near Belleville, and near Patoka.

Pedestrian Accidents

Southern Illinois pedestrian accidents often have led to serious injuries due to the typically highly traumatic nature of such crashes.  Many accidents lead to injuries that are life-threatening in nature, and many have led to fatalities.  Among injuries that can occur when a vehicle hits a person are brain trauma, broken bones, scrapes/abrasions and various types of blunt force trauma.  The topic of pedestrian accidents, including various medical and legal aspects of the injuries involved, is further discussed on the “Southern Illinois Pedestrian Accidents” page.   Southern Illinois pedestrian accidents summarized on this site discuss a broad range of injuries and some fatalities.  These crashes have happened in Collinsville, Maryville, Jefferson County, Murphysboro, Carbondale, O’Fallon, Gorham, Vermilion County, and near De Soto.

Bicycling Accidents

Bicycling accidents are also among those accidents that are highly physically traumatic and often lead to serious accident injuries. Some are fatal in nature.  Bicycling accidents and the injuries that can occur are discussed on the “Bicycle Accidents That Occur In Southern Illinois” page, which includes statistics and discusses reasons for bicycle accidents as well as various types of bicycle accidents.  Also discussed is what to do if you have been injured during a bicycle accident, covering both medical and legal aspects.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious physical trauma, as they tend to happen at higher speeds.  Like bicyclists and pedestrians, motorcyclists have no structural impact protection to shield them if they are hit by other vehicles, or if a motorcycle loss of control leads to a collision.

Among the types of injuries that typically occur during motorcycle accidents are head trauma, especially if the motorcyclist is not wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of a collision.  Various other blunt force injuries can also occur, such as trauma to the chest.  Various Southern Illinois motorcycle accidents have been discussed in posts under the “motorcycle accidents” category.

What To Do If You Are Hurt In A Crash

There are various steps you should take if you are injured during an accident.  These steps are needed for various reasons, including to protect both your health as well as your legal rights.  They also help maximize your ability to collect accident injury compensation if the accident wasn’t your fault.

It is important to take these steps as soon as possible following the injury.  10 steps to take after a vehicle accident are discussed on the “What To Do After An Auto Accident” page.

While some of these steps involve legal issues, health and associated medical issues are also of primary importance.  A thorough medical examination as soon as possible after an injury occurs is recommended.  While there are many reasons for this recommendation, it is very important to identify all injuries that have occurred during the accident.  A thorough medical examination – typically done in the Emergency Room (ER) – can thoroughly check for injuries that may not yet be apparent.  A thorough medical examination will include all relevant tests needed for medical evaluation and treatment.  From a legal perspective, it is also highly advisable to have such injuries properly evaluated and documented as soon as possible following an accident.

Filing An Accident Lawsuit For Injuries

If a person has been hurt during an accident, and the injuries are the fault of another person, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be warranted.  While there are many reasons as to why a person may want to file a lawsuit, one of the primary reasons for filing a lawsuit is to pursue accident injury compensation.  Such compensation is often needed to pay for medical bills.  Compensation may also be available for other reasons, such as for financial hardships caused by the injuries.  [in the case of a fatal accident, relevant parties can pursue compensation for the loss of life through a wrongful death lawsuit.]  The trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group can indicate whether the filing of a lawsuit is warranted, and what amounts of compensation may be expected given the specific circumstances of the accident and the resulting injuries.   In order to get a free and confidential legal consultation from the Elman Law Group, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney, at (773) 392-8182 at any time. 

Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years.  During this time the firm has handled over 10,000 lawsuits.  It has earned a reputation for its trial capabilities, which often results in higher accident compensation for those injured.

Elman Law Group handles cases on a “contingency” basis – clients do not pay legal fees unless and until they get money from a lawsuit settlement or court trial (jury award).