A vehicle accident often leads to an accident injury or a range of serious accident injuries for both the driver and any passengers. On this site, many Southern Illinois accidents have been summarized, and illustrate the broad range of injuries that can occur. Many of these injuries can be life-threatening in nature, and often result in one or more fatalities. A personal injury lawsuit often is filed following an accident injury that is caused by the negligence of another person.
There are many reasons why vehicle accidents can greatly harm occupants. Many vehicle accidents occur at higher speeds, and, despite such occupant safety devices such as seat belts, air bags, and crumple zones they can still be highly physically traumatic. Such accidents can be especially traumatic if seat belts are not being worn at the time of the crash, as the vehicle occupants can be ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle. As seen in various Southern Illinois accidents, such ejections typically cause serious if not life-threatening accident injuries. One such ejection happened during a March 2017 rollover accident near Wheeler. That accident is summarized in the “Fatal Vehicle Rollover Accident On Illinois Route 33” post.
Rollover accidents are among those that tend to lead to significant, if not severe, accident injuries. Among other highly traumatic types of crashes are “head-on collisions” and loss of control accidents in which vehicles leave the roadway. One such Southern Illinois “head-on collision” that occurred on November 1, 2017 in Washington County is summarized in the “‘Head-On Collision’ In Washington County Results In Three Fatalities” post. As seen in that accident, three people died as a result of the crash involving two SUVs.
As well, there are accidents involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. As seen in Southern Illinois accidents of these types, serious injuries often occur and some have been life-threatening if not fatal in nature. One such fatal bicycle accident that occurred in Washington County in September 2017 involved a bicyclist who was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Another bicycle accident happened in Cartersville in August 2017, in which a bicyclist was struck by a car. The bicyclist was pronounced dead after being taken to the emergency room.
While vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists happen for many reasons, there are common reasons for each type of crash. For instance, many motorcycle crashes involve a vehicle making a left-hand turn in the path of the oncoming motorcyclist. A “head-on collision” then occurs, which by its nature involves a high degree of force and transmits a high degree of physical trauma to the motorcyclist and (if applicable) passenger. As seen in motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, it is common for such crashes to critically injure the motorcycle rider and passenger. A commonly stated reason as to why these crashes occur is because the motorist fails to “see” the oncoming motorcycle.
Typical Vehicle Accident Injuries
As mentioned before, there are many types of injuries that can result from a vehicle accident. Among the injuries and other harm that can result from such blunt force trauma include:
- head injuries and brain injuries (TBI)
- neck and spinal cord injuries
- “soft tissue” damage
- injuries to the chest and lungs
- internal bleeding
- bone fractures, including broken legs, arms, hands, and collarbones
- burn injuries if fire is involved
- other injuries
Medical Care Required For Vehicle Accident Injuries
Many of these injuries can lead to the driver and any passengers requiring significant or substantial amounts of medical care. This medical care can be temporary in nature or ongoing. Outside of the initial medical treatment that typically occurs in the emergency room (ER) and/or intensive care unit (ICU), depending on the nature of the injuries there can be extensive hospitalization. There may be a need for surgeries and other treatment such as subsequent testing. Rehabilitation, including physical rehabilitation and/or occupational rehabilitation, is often required.
As well, other direct or indirect medical costs can occur.
Reasons For A Vehicle Accident Personal Injury Lawsuit
While there are many reasons as to why injury lawsuits are filed, a primary reason is to get compensation for medical costs. Often, the medical bills for such accident injuries are high, if not very high, even if those injured have health insurance.
There are other money issues as well. There can be lost income due to a temporary or permanent inability to work (commonly called “lost wages.”) This inability to work, especially if semi-permanent or permanent, can cause further significant financial challenges.
There are many other reasons as to why someone who has been injured during a vehicle accident would want to file a personal injury lawsuit. One is to punish negligent and/or reckless behavior that has caused the person(s) to be injured.
For instance, if a pedestrian is struck by a drunk driver, one of the reasons that the pedestrian may want to file a lawsuit is to punish the drunk driver, and by extension discourage such behavior from occurring in the future.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If a vehicle accident causes a fatality, and the accident was caused by another person, relevant parties can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who was at fault. Wrongful death lawsuits are further discussed on the “Wrongful Death Cases” page.
If You Are Injured In A Vehicle Accident
There are a number of steps one should take if injured in a vehicle accident. These steps are needed to protect both one’s health situation as well as legal rights, including the ability to collect compensation for accident injuries if the accident was the fault of another person or party.
These steps should be taken as soon as possible following an injury.
Ten such steps are discussed in the “What To Do After An Auto Accident” document. These steps include the handling of legal issues, as well the importance of promptly receiving proper medical treatment. It is important for those injured to quickly get a thorough medical exam to properly assess injuries and get proper treatment, as well as to identify injuries that may not yet be apparent. The issue of getting a prompt and proper medical exam following an accident is discussed on the “Injuries Resulting From Various Southern Illinois Accident Types” page.
The Filing Of An Accident Injury Lawsuit
If the injuries are the fault of another person, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to pursue accident injury compensation. The trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group can help you determine whether a lawsuit should be filed, as well as indicate what types and amounts of compensation may be expected given the specific circumstances of the accident, the injuries that occurred, the medical treatment received, and the resulting medical condition.
Types Of Accident Injury Compensation
While levels and types of potential injury compensation vary according to the accident and resulting medical situation, general types of compensation can include:
- Medical costs (including past, current and future expenditures)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Other economic damages
To get a free and confidential initial 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 its clients.