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The biggest threats to your safety on the road
Timothy Shay

Car accidents in Illinois happen for many reasons, and often, they are completely preventable with cautious and attentive driving. Human error is responsible for many accidents that leave people injured, and it’s often innocent people who pay the price. If you are the victim of an accident caused by the reckless and negligent choices of another person, you know how much a crash can change your life.

In the aftermath of your accident, you may not know exactly what happened. It can be confusing to determine what caused the crash, who is to blame and how to move forward. Understanding the most common causes for crashes may be helpful for you as you seek to pick up the pieces, get the help you need for recovery and look to the future.

Why do accidents happen?

Driving comes with certain risks. You may be the safest driver on the road, but you are still at risk due to the actions of others who are driving near you. Some of the most common reasons why car accidents happen include the following:

  • Reckless choices – Reckless actions can include speeding, following too closely, failing to properly yield at an intersection and much more. Regardless of the type of action, reckless behavior always increases the chance of an accident.
  • Distracted driving – Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Phone use is largely to blame, but there are many other behaviors that can be dangerously distracting as well, such as eating while driving or adjusting the radio.
  • Intoxicated driving – Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more likely to cause an accident. These substances can impair judgment, slow reaction time and make it impossible to think clearly or detect hazards.

When you suffer because of the reckless or negligent choices of another person, you have grounds to seek compensation through a civil claim. You do not have to suffer through the aftermath alone.

Putting your life back together

If you think you may have grounds to pursue recompense after a car accident, you will find it beneficial to work with an experienced personal injury attorney from the very beginning of the process. With knowledgeable guidance, you can pursue recovery for your financial losses and non-economic damages. These cases are time sensitive, and it’s in your interests not to delay in moving forward with this process.