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While car accidents occur for a wide variety of reasons, adverse weather conditions are one common factor in collisions that take place in Central Illinois. Winter weather can be especially dangerous. Of the 1.2 million weather-related car accidents that occur every year in the United States, 29 percent take place on icy, snowy, or slushy pavement, and 18 percent occur while snow or sleet is falling. Studies have found that Illinois is one of the deadliest states for winter driving, with an average of 27 fatal car accidents taking place during the winter each year. In some cases, a personal injury claim can provide compensation for injuries suffered in a winter auto accident caused by a negligent driver. 

Causes of Winter Vehicle Crashes

Winter weather presents a number of risks that can affect drivers, and accidents can occur if drivers fail to account for winter conditions or do not take steps to drive safely in inclement weather. Collisions may take place during the winter because of:

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Motor vehicles are expected to share the roads with pedestrians and cyclists and always look out for their safety. Unfortunately, not all motorists take this important responsibility seriously. Distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to follow traffic signals, and other forms of negligent driving put pedestrians’ lives in danger. If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be interested in exploring your legal options. A personal injury claim may be one way to recover compensation for the damages caused by the collision.

Catastrophic Injuries May Result from Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians
When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic. Even if the collision occurs at a lower speed, the force of the vehicle striking the pedestrian can cause broken bones, spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal organ damage, and more. Sometimes, the victim’s injuries are so severe that doctors are forced to amputate one of the victim’s limbs. Many pedestrian accident victims face paralysis or other disabilities for the rest of their lives.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in 2018. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from operating his or her vehicle safely is considered a form of distracted driving. This may include texting or other cell phone use, eating and drinking while driving, adjusting the radio or GPS system, and much more. If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be left with overwhelming financial losses. Fortunately, a personal injury claim may help you recover compensation.

Distracted Driving Is Against the Law
The act of texting and driving has been against the law in Illinois for over a decade. However, this has not stopped people from using their cell phones behind the wheel. Many drivers have admitted to texting, browsing the Internet, updating social media, and even watching videos while operating a vehicle. Recently, a new law went into effect in Illinois that allows the Secretary of State to revoke or suspend an individual’s driver’s license if he or she causes an accident resulting in bodily injury while using an electronic device. Although using a cell phone while driving is still a major concern, this is not the only type of distracted driving that results in serious auto accidents. Talking to passengers, reaching for an object that has fallen on the vehicle’s floor, attending to children in the backseat, and countless other acts may constitute distracted driving. If a motorist violates Illinois traffic laws or drives in a reckless or negligent manner, he or she may be liable for any damages caused in an accident.

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