Car Blind Spot Accident Lawyer Serving Chicago, Illinois
Every day, drivers make their way to work, drop off the kids at school, attend appointments, or visit with family and friends. While they are traveling on the roads, drivers do their best to be safe at all times. Chicago car accidents resulting from blind spots collisions are a common cause of traffic accidents because drivers frequently fail to check their rear and side-view mirrors prior to changing lanes.
The Chicago car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced with motor vehicle collisions involving blind spots and other types of improper lane changes. If you or your family member sustained serious injuries in this type of accident our office can help you obtain the financial compensation you are entitled to receive under Illinois law. We invite you to contact an experienced car accident lawyer in our office for a free case review to discuss your options.
Negligent Drivers Contributing to Improper Lane Change Accidents in Chicago
Blind spots are not limited to just commercial trucks. While it is true that many trucking accidents are caused by a trucker’s inability to see his or her blind spots, there are some other types of accidents that can result from a failure to check a blind spot before moving the vehicle. Some of the Chicago area motor vehicle accidents that involve catastrophic injuries related to a lane change include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Moped accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
If you are the victim of an auto accident involving the negligence of another driver while changing lanes, we invite you to speak with our Chicago personal injury attorneys before talking with a representative from the at-fault party's insurance company.
We can inform you of your legal rights and advise you of your legal options for pursuing a personal injury claim. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe our firm any legal fees or payment unless there is a negotiated financial settlement or jury mandated damages award.
Safe Lane Change Tips to Remember to Prevent Blind Spot Collisions
Drivers can equip themselves with the following safety tips to help prevent blind spot accidents. It is important to remember to act as a defensive driver on the road. You never know whether other motorists sharing the road may be intoxicated, fatigued, experiencing road rage, inexperienced behind the wheel, or under the influence of drugs.
These factors can impact any driver's ability to perceive blind spots. If you notice that another motorist is swerving, you should change lanes to avoid driving beside their vehicle. Here are some other safety tips to remember to reduce the chances of a lane change accident:
- Always be aware of the other motorists surrounding you and make sure there is enough distance to safely change lanes.
- Be sure to check blind spots using your mirrors.
- Use your turn signal when merging or changing lanes.
- Ask a passenger for assistance when changing lanes or looking for a merging driver.
- Slow down if you are following a truck, make eye contact with the truck driver before merging into their area.
- Watch out for traffic signs and other lane markings prohibiting changing lanes.
- Consider purchasing a new vehicle with sensors and other crash avoidance technologies.
New and inexperienced drivers can benefit from the additional wisdom that experienced drivers can impart about checking for blind spots. If you are a new driver on the road, then you can become more comfortable with driving by speaking with family members, friends, driving instructors or other individuals who may have helpful tips for you to remember in sharing the road with large trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles.
Risk Factors Contributing to Blind Spots Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving is one of the leading factors that cause vehicle crashes every year. In 2014, there were a total of 34,017 vehicle crashes involving injury, death and property damage in the United States. In Illinois, about 16 percent of accidents were caused by distracted driving behaviors including a failure to look around the vehicle's blind spots according to the Illinois Department of Transportation data.
The State of Illinois has implemented laws aimed at decreasing the number of accidents caused by distracted driving. In 2013, state lawmakers introduced bills that prohibited the use of cell phones in construction zones and banned texting while driving. Both of these laws were enacted to ensure that drivers remain focused on the road and routinely check blind spots.
Here are some of the other risk factors that contribute to blind spot accidents:
- Poor vision
- Failure to respond quickly due to elder age
- Inexperience in determining another driver’s speed or distance
- Driver distractions including listening to loud music, conversing with passengers, eating and grooming, along with texting and talking on a cell phone
- Speed, driving in excess of the posted speed limit
- Lack of knowledge/failure to be informed about checking blind spots
How Our Personal Injury Law Firm Can Help You Recover Compensation After A Chicago Lane Change Accident
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has helped people from across Illinois recover financial compensation for severe injuries sustained due to improper lane change accidents. Our experience handling this type of case enables us to quickly investigate and prosecute these matters. Amongst the steps our personal injury lawyers take in cases involving merging traffic:
- Request copies of all medical bills and medical records from medical providers
- The ordering police report from investigating law enforcement agencies
- Requesting phone call records
- Photographing or taking video of the scene of the collision
- Taking recorded statements from witnesses and others who have information about the incident
Contact Our Illinois Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers to Discuss a Blind-Spot Car Crash
Illinois motor vehicle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready to assess your Chicago blind-spot accident case. We strive to provide justice to our clients when they have been involved in a blind spot car accident and have suffered injuries as a result of another driver’s negligence.
We successfully resolve our clients' personal injury cases using our experience with Illinois motor vehicle law. Contact our Chicago car accident attorneys to receive a free case evaluation here.
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