Southern Illinois Car Accidents
As discussed throughout this site, there are many reasons that car accidents, as well as other vehicle accidents, happen throughout Southern Illinois. As discussed on this site, these incidents have involved various types of vehicles and accidents, including cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, and motorcycles. These accidents can cause vehicle accident injuries that vary both in type as well as severity.
Among the types of accidents that can lead to serious accident injuries – and in some cases fatal injuries – are those that involve “head-on collisions.” While there are many reasons as to why such frontal collisions can occur, among the most common is when one vehicle “crosses the center line” and collides with an oncoming vehicle in the opposing lane of traffic.
Reasons For A Vehicle Crossing the Center Line
There can be many reasons as to why a car or other vehicle “crosses the center line” and therefore creates the possibility of a “head-on” crash. Some reasons are discussed below:
Loss of Vehicle Control
There are many reasons as to why a driver might lose control of a vehicle. The “Southern Illinois Loss Of Vehicle Control Accidents” page discusses many causes and consequences of these losses of vehicle control, and the Southern Illinois accidents that have occurred and have been attributed to a driver’s loss of control.
Among the reasons discussed are excessive speeding by a driver, which might lead to the driver losing control and crossing into the opposing lane of traffic. Another common reason for such an occurrence is if the driver is distracted. Such distraction can cause the driver to become inattentive as to whether the car is about to cross into the opposing lane of traffic. Such driver distraction can occur for various reasons; however, distraction is often caused by drivers texting while driving.
Another potential source of loss of control is various types of mechanical failures. There are various types of mechanical failures that can occur. One type of failure that can cause a loss of control is a tire blowout. Accidents caused by tire blowouts are often serious in nature, and the vehicle that has blown a tire can easily cross the center line as the vehicle can become very unstable due to the sudden loss of tire pressure.
Driver impairment can cause a driver to become disoriented, and cross the center line after which a “head-on collision” might occur. While, in past years, such driver impairment typically involved drinking before driving (DUI), driving after drug use is an increasingly common occurrence. This “drugged driving” has been the cause of many recent serious accidents in Illinois, causing many serious accident injuries, including those that led to fatalities. The “Car Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page further discusses various aspects of this issue. As seen on that page, there are a wide range of illegal drugs that if taken before and/or during driving can cause serious driver impairment. As well, taking various prescription drugs can even cause disorientation and impairment. Impairment caused by taking drugs can be increased if multiple drugs are taken and/or alcohol is taken along with the drugs.
Driver impairment has been the cause of various “wrong-way driver” crashes, in which drivers who are impaired drive on an expressway or other road in the wrong direction. These “wrong-way driver” incidents have caused various serious accidents, typically involving serious injuries and in some cases fatalities to vehicle occupants involved in the resulting “head-on collisions.”
Southern Illinois “Head-On Collisions”
There have been many Southern Illinois vehicle crashes involving”head-on crashes.” A few of these crashes that have been summarized on this site include:
- December 16, 2016 – a fatal Washington County crash caused by icy conditions
- November 9, 2016 – a Route 158 fatal crash near Belleville
- July 30, 2016 – a fatal car-motorcycle collision in Litchfield
- July 2, 2016 – a fatal SUV-motorcycle collision near Patoka
- May 30, 2016 – a car fatally strikes two motorcyclists in Marion County
- April 18, 2016 – a fatal Randolph County collision involving a car and semi truck
- December 11, 2014 – a fatal collision in Union County
- April 3, 2014 – a semi truck crash on I-74
Injuries Resulting From “Head-On Collisions”
As mentioned above, injuries that occur during “head-on crashes” are frequently serious in nature. As seen in the Southern Illinois crashes mentioned above, many of these injuries lead to the death of those hurt in such collisions. The range of accident injuries that result from such crashes is broad. While some of these injuries can be recovered from, others can have lasting impacts on one’s health and livelihood. Among the injuries that may cause permanent impairments is traumatic brain injuries (TBI.) Traumatic brain injuries can be complex injuries that can take many forms. In cases of serious head trauma, treatment and rehabilitation can take a considerable time period, ranging into years. Traumatic brain injuries are further discussed on the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) In Southern Illinois Accidents” page.
What To Do If Injured In A Vehicle Accident
There are various steps you should take if injured in a vehicle accident. These steps include protecting your health, as well as protecting your legal rights, including the possibility of getting injury compensation if the accident wasn’t your fault. In the case of a fatality, relevant parties may seek to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Ten recommended steps to take are discussed on the “What To Do After An Auto Accident Page.”
One of the recommended steps is to get a comprehensive medical exam as soon as possible after being in an auto accident. There are many health and legal reasons for this recommendation. From a medical perspective, a thorough medical exam can identify any injuries that may not be immediately apparent, as well as the extent of these injuries. While many accident injuries may be readily apparent to the person who has been hurt, other injuries may not be apparent for a considerable amount of time following the accident. Some injuries of this type – including brain injuries as well as internal bleeding – may have the potential to become life-threatening if they are not immediately and properly treated.
From a legal perspective, another recommended step is to talk with an Illinois personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. The lawyer can indicate what steps should be taken, and whether it may be appropriate to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek compensation for the accident injuries and other harm resulting from the accident.
Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit
Many people who have been injured in a vehicle accident file a personal injury lawsuit. While there are various reasons as to why this is done, perhaps the foremost reason is to get compensation for the accident injuries and other harm that may have occurred.
Medical costs stemming from a vehicle accident can vary substantially, depending upon many factors, including the nature of the injuries. Medical costs can be substantial, even if the person injured has health insurance. These costs can be ongoing if the accident resulted in permanent injuries requiring future medical treatment.
Types of compensation that may be available include:
- Medical costs (including past, current and future expenses)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Other economic damages
Free Legal Consultation For Those Injured
To receive a free, no-obligation legal consultation regarding your accident injuries (or if you represent a person who has died in an accident) call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney, of the Elman Law Group. He can be reached at (773) 392-8182, at any time. During this legal consultation, he can provide an overview of the legal situation, indicate if a personal injury lawsuit should be filed, and answer any questions you may have.
He can also provide an estimate as to what amount of total compensation (i.e. “how much your case may be worth”) may be awarded given the injuries and resulting overall legal and medical situation.
Elman Law Group, of Chicago, has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years. During this time it has handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits. It has earned a reputation for its trial capabilities, which in many cases have led to higher accident compensation for its clients.
Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…clients do not pay any legal bills until and unless they get injury compensation.