The holidays are a busy time for travelers on Illinois’ streets and highways. Sometimes the added traffic congestion simply means more traffic jams, which are a real headache for drivers stuck in them. However, with the increase in the number of cars on the road comes the increase in the chance that there will be auto accidents.
All drivers are tasked with operating their motor vehicles with due care. This means they should handle their vehicles in a manner that is safe and reasonable under the circumstances. For example, if the speed limit on a highway is 55 miles per hour, but traffic is moving at 35 miles per hour due to poor weather conditions, a driver should not attempt to drive at 55 miles per hour, even though it is the posted speed limit. This is an example of how drivers need to adapt their behaviors behind the wheel depending on the circumstances.
Unfortunately, there will always be people who are risk-takers or are simply impatient. They may tailgate, speed, abruptly change lanes without warning or run through red lights or stop signs. Any of these behaviors can lead to car accidents that injure or even kill innocent people.
When a person is injured in a catastrophic accident, they may have many concerns. Primarily, they may simply be concerned about healing from the injuries they suffered in the crash. However, it won’t take long before the medical bills start rolling in, compounded by the inability to work and the pain and suffering a person endures. People may think their insurance will cover everything, but oftentimes a person’s insurance coverage isn’t enough to fully compensate them for all their losses.
When this happens, a person might want to learn more about pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney can advise people in such situations. For example, the professionals at our law firm work to assist our clients as they seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and more. Our overview of personal injury cases in Illinois may be a good starting point for people who want more information on this topic.