Buffalo Grove Car Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a Buffalo Grove car accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will help ensure you get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to receive under Illinois law. Our Buffalo Grove car accident attorneys have resolved hundreds of motor vehicle accident cases and can do the same for you or your loved one. As with all of our automobile injury cases and wrongful death suits, we only charge a legal fee when there is a recovery for you.
Auto Accidents in Buffalo Grove, IL
The quaint Chicago suburb of Buffalo Grove in northern Illinois is home to more than 40,000 residents. The high-density village situated just west of Interstate 94 and north of Route 68 has been a location with more than its fair share of vehicle crashes where the number of accidents has only minimally decreased in the last year. In 2014, the traffic unit of the Buffalo Grove Police Department responded to more than 1400 car crashes, with 24 accidents occurring at one intersection alone.
The annual traffic study performed by the police traffic unit has identified the highest incident rate of crashes – over 42 percent – happening during morning rush-hour. Thursdays in the city have been identified as the peak weekday when accidents occur most. Also, the months of June, July, and November tend to have more crashes every month compared to the rest of the calendar year. These numbers include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
Buffalo Grove Intersections Where Car Accidents Regularly Occur
The local police department's traffic unit has devised various solutions for raising driver awareness and citing violators causing problems in the village's most dangerous intersections. In 2012, over 267 citations were issued to traffic violators at the community's five major intersections deemed most hazardous. These include:
- Arlington Heights Rd. at Lake Cook Rd.
- McHenry Rd. at Arlington Heights Rd.
- Buffalo Grove Rd. at Lake Cook Rd.
- Dundee Rd. at Arlington Heights Rd.
- Buffalo Grove Rd. south of Short Aptakisic Rd.
Percentage-wise, these five intersections have the highest incident rate of serious crashes – 50 accidents occurring in 2011, resulting in twenty-seven injuries. Motorcycle police have increased their visibility at these locations to maximize safety and enforce seat belt requirements in local area's distracted driving enforcement zones.
The mere presence of motorcycle law enforcement officers has helped as many potential violators now ease off the gas pedal. Following the law has improved the safety of other motorists, truckers, motorcycle riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, and bystanders at the intersection.
Common Causes of Intersection Accidents
Traveling through every intersecting roadway can increase the potential of a severe accident with injuries when cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles crossed paths. Dangers lurk even if the junction is adequately controlled to prevent collisions. Traffic lights, yield signs, and stop signs are usually necessary traffic control systems to maintain order where motorists are required to wait until given the right of way.
Unfortunately, many drivers disobey the Illinois rules of the road when moving through intersections. Any careless mistake can cause a collision, crash, accident, or rollover that hurts, injures, or kills others needlessly.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reveals statistics showing that more than four out of all ten vehicle accidents in the U.S. happen at intersections. The most common types of crossroad accidents involve:
- Driver Mistakes – These errors include disobeying traffic rules, inattention to traffic, and avoiding road signs, lights, and controls.
- Driving under the Influence (DUI) – Driving while drunk or drugged is considered a crime and can cause serious accidents with injuries and fatalities.
- Speeding – Operating a vehicle at an excessive rate of speed through an intersection can increase the potential of a deadly accident involving innocent victims.
- Adverse Weather Conditions – The Chicagoland area is known for its slippery roads caused by snow, ice, and rain. The slick conditions often contribute to many vehicle accidents occurring at intersections.
In many situations, the driver at fault for the accident will make a false claim that their view was obstructed, the other driver made an illegal maneuver, or they had a misjudgment of the other vehicle's speed. Often, the accident is the result of improper driving behavior, distraction inside the vehicle, malfunctioning automotive mechanical part, or faulty traffic controls.
According to statistics maintained by the NHTSA, more than 15,000 individuals lose their lives every year in intersection-related accidents nationwide. While many of these crashes are the result of driver error, some collisions and accidents are caused by poorly designed roadways and intersections.
The various approaches and movements to cross the intersection by motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists often make intersecting junctions a complex traffic flow problem that is difficult for traffic engineers to solve.
Nearly six out of every ten accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians occur at intersections, where elder pedestrians have an increased risk of serious injuries or death. More than forty percent of the total number of pedestrian fatalities happen at intersections without marked or signed crosswalks. It is imperative that motorists increase their level of awareness when approaching or moving through an intersection. Pedestrians need to take a defensive approach when crossing the junction during daylight and nighttime hours.
A vast majority of collisions occurring at intersections involve side impacts. These types of accidents cause significant damage to the car and severe injuries to the occupants because of the limited protection when the front of the striking vehicle impacts the side of the other.
Common injuries occurring from a side-impact collision often involve TBIs (traumatic brain injuries), spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia or paraplegia, amputation, and extensive fractures of the lower body and legs. Many injured people suffering from a brain injury caused by a car accident live a debilitated life with a permanent disability.
Buffalo Grove Car Accident Attorneys Looking Out for Your Best Interests After a Crash
Determining which party caused an intersection accident can be complicated. Buffalo Grove car accident lawyers who routinely litigate collisions involving intersections have heard every excuse proffered by motorists pointing fingers at other drivers to divert their responsibility for the crash to others.
Choosing the right personal injury lawyer to handle a car accident case is crucial to ensure you successfully obtain financial compensation. The reputable Buffalo Grove car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are confident that we can investigate your case and disprove statements made by motorists who refuse to take responsibility for the careless and negligent actions that caused the accident.
Our personal injury law firm handles insurance company claims in all areas of personal injury throughout Illinois, including in Lake County, Cook County, DuPage County. Call us now at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form today to speak with a car accident negligence attorney. Our civil litigation law firm has assisted countless auto accident victims with injuries and surviving family members who have lost a loved one in a collision.
Our attorneys handle Buffalo Grove car accidents involving cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles involved in severe accident cases. Our law firm can evaluate the worth of your case to calculate a fair resolution in your personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit.