There were seven fatal auto accidents in Peoria in 2013 and many more involving severe injuries requiring emergency medical care and rehabilitative therapy. The Peoria car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent the interests of clients suffering serious injuries in accidents that resulted from the irresponsible or negligent actions of other drivers. Accidents have become a frequent occurrence in Peoria now that more distracted drivers than ever before share the road. Many of these accident victims who suffer bodily harm in an accident never receive fair compensation for the value of their hospital bills, lost wages and out of pocket expenses to be able to recover and move on with his or her life.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Peoria car accident, we encourage you to discuss your case with one of our Peoria car accident attorneys without any cost or obligation on your part. Our office represents injured people exclusively and only charges a fee when there is a recovery for you.
Dangerous Intersections Play a Role in Peoria Car Accidents
Special care must be taken at every intersection, especially at crossroads that are more dangerous than others. On July 14, 2012, an accident at the intersection of Farmington Road and Kickapoo Creek Road sent three people to the hospital when a woman made a left turn into the intersection and was broadsided by another and pushed into a third vehicle in the multi-car accident. EMT responders transported all three drivers to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center to treat minor injuries. Authorities noted that accidents are common at the intersection of Farmington Road and Kickapoo Creek Road.
Staying aware of potentially deadly intersections may reduce your chances of being involved in a collision. If you are approaching an intersection known to be hazardous taking extra care before proceeding could save a life. Some problematic intersections include:
- The intersection is a two-way stop rather than a four-way stop. People often expect traffic to stop in all directions and may move into the path of oncoming traffic at these intersections believing that they have the right of way.
- Buildings, objects or parked vehicles obstruct the view of drivers. Always take extra caution if you cannot see all of the intersection and proceed slowly to ensure that you will not cross the path of oncoming vehicles.
- The intersection is uncontrolled. Four-way intersections that lack traffic control devices and signs confuse drivers even though we know that the vehicle that reaches the intersection first has the right of way. Even if you have the right of way, others may not yield to you, so be wary of other vehicles approaching an uncontrolled intersection.
- You are located at the top or bottom of a hill or near a curve. Intersections located near a curve or hill are dangerous because drivers are less likely to notice you until they are much closer to the intersection. These situations can decrease the distance to react drivers to see each other.
Distraction is a Major Factor in Peoria Driving Accidents
Distracted driving has become a growing concern as more people take to the roads while glued to their phones and electronic devices. Texting, talking on a phone call, eating or responding to disruptive passengers are only a few examples of distractions that take a driver’s attention off of the road. When approaching dangerous intersections, these drivers are more likely to cause an accident if they are not paying proper attention to oncoming traffic. Statistics reveal the rising numbers of serious accidents occurring over the last several years despite a reduction in drunk driving-related accidents and teen fatalities.
To protect yourself and reduce your chances of being involved in an accident, make sure you are free of distractions when driving and always assume that others on the road may be multitasking. Tell whoever you are talking to on the phone that you are driving and will contact them when you reach your destination. Your responsible decisions may just save your life. To be confident that other drivers on the road are attentive, you should always attempt to make eye contact with oncoming drivers so that you are sure they see you.
If you suffered injuries and damages in an automobile accident in Peoria, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to learn more about your rights and legal options. Our Peoria car accident attorneys have recovered the full amount of compensation allowed under Illinois law for thousands of clients and can help you recover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages and out of pocket expenses. We provide free consultations and case reviews and will never collect a fee until we have recovered damages on your behalf.