There were seven fatal auto accidents in Peoria in 2013 and many more involving serious injuries requiring emergency medical care and rehabilitative therapy. The Peoria car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent the interests of clients who have been severely injured in accidents that resulted from the irresponsible or negligent actions of other drivers. As more distracted drivers share the road, accidents have become a more frequent occurrence and it is important that anyone who suffers bodily harm in an accident receive fair compensation for the value of his or her hospital bills, lost wages and out of pocket expenses in order to be able to recover and move on with his or her life.
If you or a loved one was injured in a Peoria car accident, we invite you to discuss your cases with an attorney 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. Contact our Peoria car accident attorneys today.
Special care must be taken at every intersection, but some 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. All three of the people involved were transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and treated for minor injuries, but authorities noted that accidents are common at the intersection of Farmington Road and Kickapoo Creek Road.
Being aware of potentially deadly intersections may reduce your chances of being involved in a collision, so if you are approaching an intersection that has a reputation of being hazardous or exhibits the following signs of being dangerous, take extra care when proceeding.
- The intersection is a two way stop rather than a four way stop. People often expect traffic to stop from all directions and may move into the path of oncoming traffic at these intersections when they believe 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 into an 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 cause confusion even though we are taught that the vehicle to reach the intersection first has the right of way. Even if you are supposed to 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. This decreases the distance that they have to react once they notice you and it also makes it possible that you may not see them coming either.
Distracted driving is becoming a growing concern as more people take to the roads while glued to their phones and electronic devices. Texting, taking 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 even more likely to cause an accident because they are not paying proper attention to oncoming traffic. Statistics are now showing a rise in the number of serious accidents in the last several years despite a reduction in drunken driving related accidents and teen fatalities. The only logical conclusion that can be made from this information is that the increase in accidents and fatalities is related to an increase in distracted driving cases.
The best way to protect yourself and reduce your chances of being involved in an accident is to make sure you are free of distractions when driving and to always assume that others on the road may be multitasking. Tell whoever you are talking to that you are driving and will contact them when you reach your destination and it may just save your life. In order to be certain that other drivers on the road are attentive, you should always try to make eye contact with oncoming drivers so that you are sure they see you.
In the event that you are involved in an automobile accident in Peoria, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers 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 cover 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.