Chicago Highway Accident Lawyer
Illinois is a busy cross-section of highways, with Chicago, in particular, being a main transportation hub for the Midwest. All these highways lead to high traffic volumes with cars and large trucks traveling at high speeds. Unfortunately, when automobile accidents occur on Chicago highways, there is a high propensity for motorists to sustain serious injuries.
The auto accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can assist you with a collision occurring any highway or interstate in the Chicago area or elsewhere in Illinois. In addition to having experienced personal injury lawyers on-call 24-hours a day, we also have a team of accident investigators who can be deployed to the scene of an accident at any time. Contact our law firm now for a free evaluation of your highway accident case.
Illinois Interstates: An Area Ripe For Serious Accidents
There are almost 2,200 miles of interstate running through Illinois, making it 3rd in the nation for miles of interstate, only behind California and Texas. The densely populated area around Chicago gets the majority of this highway traffic and a corresponding number of automobile accidents.
Of the 23 interstate highways in Illinois, 13 continue past the state lines. Only five of these highways connect to Chicago, yet they handle a significant amount of miles that are traveled every day. On interstates alone, over 47 million miles are traveled around the Chicago area every day, and that does not even include the local highways and byways that connect them to the inner streets of the city. Those roads boast another almost another 2 million miles that commuters, tourists, and commercial vehicles drive daily.
Illinois Highway Accidents: Injury & Fatality Statistics
Accidents on highways are more likely to cause serious injury or death due to the speeds and volume of traffic that are involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes happened on highways in Illinois, accounting for 349 fatalities and over 23,000 injuries annually for the past decade. These Illinois highway accidents account for almost half of all the accidents that caused injury or death in the state.
Impact of Speed on Collisions on Highways & Interstates
Highway and Interstate accidents tend to be extremely deadly due to the speed involved in these types of car crashes. As the vehicle's velocity increases, even a minor accident can create severe consequences due to the higher speeds. Regardless of the skill of the driver, when speed increases, so do the likelihood of a collision involving significant injuries.
- Stopping distance. Speed increases the distance a vehicle travels before it can come to a complete stop to avoid an accident.
- Crash energy. The amount of energy created by a crash increases exponentially with speed. A 50% increase in speed results in a 125% increase in the energy created.
- Vehicle limitations. Most vehicles are tested at speeds of 30-35 MPH for crash ratings and are not rated to withstand higher speed impacts.
How We Can Help You After a Highway Accident
From the time we are retained by a client who has severe injuries related to an automobile collision in the Chicago area, our attorneys begin gathering important evidence to help us establish the liability and damages aspect of your case so we can secure a favorable settlement from the insurance company or file a lawsuit.
Our years of experience handling car accident cases gives us the unique ability to evaluate your situation to determine who is responsible and how we can hold them accountable. In many situations, our lawyers take the following measures to protect your legal rights:
- Order police reports from the Chicago Police, Illinois State Police or other investigating part
- Photograph the accident scene and vehicles involved
- Request records from hospitals, surgery centers, and treating physicians (including medical bills, medical treatment, and reports concerning future medical expenses)
- Subpoena cell phone records when necessary
- Consult with the accident investigator or police officer
- Send correspondence to the insurance company for the responsible parties
Contact Chicago's Experienced Highway Accident Attorneys
Highway and Tollway accidents can lead to serious injuries and fatalities. If you have been involved in a Chicago highway accident, call a law firm that is experienced in representing car accident victims.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has an experienced team of Illinois motor vehicle accident lawyers and litigation experts that can help you and your family get the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries or loss. We are knowledgeable in large trucking industry civil lawsuits and can achieve the best settlement or award for your accident. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and the legal process for getting you the compensation you deserve.