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Rockford Car Accident Lawyer

Rockford car accident lawyerThe Illinois car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent people injured in Rockford car accidents. Our team of Illinois motor vehicle accident attorneys appreciates how the impact of an automobile accident can be devastating to the individual and their family.

If you seek a hands-on, proactive law firm to represent you in an Illinois car crash, contact us now for a free case review. Our Rockford car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures that there's never a legal fee charged unless there is a recovery for you.

Your Winnebago County car accidentattorney will speak to the insurance company on your behalf, review your medical bills, and ensure that your legal rights are protected. All information you share with our law office remains confidential through an attorney-client relationship.

We will ensure you receive financial compensation for your Rockford auto accident case covering your serious injuries, emotional trauma, time away from work, pain, and suffering.

Rockford Statistics

Rockford Auto Accident Statistics

While the congested Chicago downtown area might have a high number of vehicle accidents, Rockford, Illinois, is not without serious traffic problems of its own. In the few days surrounding July 4, 2015, local Winnebago County law enforcement agencies, including the Rockford Police Department, dealt with numerous traffic issues, including:

  • Fourteen speeding violations
  • One DUI
  • One aggravated driver fleeing in a motor vehicle to elude the police
  • Two motorists caught driving without insurance
  • Two motorists driving with revoked or suspended licenses

There were twelve fatalities on Winnebago County roadways within the first six months of 2015.

In 2017, there were eight fatal car accidents involving fourteen vehicles in the Rockford County area. One fatality that year involved drunk driving, and three fatal accidents involved pedestrians. The number of pedestrians killed in automobile accidents that year was only half of what was reported the year before.

One fatal car accident occurred during the evening hours of October 6, 2017, at the Layton Street and Riverside Boulevard intersection. The car accident involved one pedestrian who lost their life in the crash.

On December 19, 2017, just before dinner time, a four-vehicle car accident involving eight individuals occurred at the Ethyl Avenue and 2nd St. intersection in Rockford. The crash claimed the life of one individual.

Speeding and distracted driving are behind many severe car accidents occurring in the community's intersections. Talking on cell phones, attempting to beat the light, failing to yield, or not stopping when required are significant problems for motorists, passengers, bikers, truckers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Busy junctions throughout Rockford mixed with inattentive drivers create serious hazards with the potential of deadly crashes.

Filing a Report Following a Rockford Car Accident

If you are involved in a car accident with bodily injury, fatality, or property damage exceeding $500, you are required by law to file a crash report. Law enforcement will respond to the scene of the accident and conduct an investigation.

However, to ensure that your rights are protected, it is often advisable to seek legal counsel from a Rockford car accident lawyer specializing in personal injury claims.

A Rockford police officer must respond to a car accident occurring on public and private property if certain circumstances exist. Some of these specific situations include:

  • The car accident involves a hit-and-run driver.
  • Someone in a motor vehicle accident is suffering injuries due to the crash.
  • There is a fatality at the scene.
  • Any motorist involved in the car accident was operating the vehicle under the influence.
  • At least one driver involved in a car accident does not have a valid driver's license.
  • At least one motorist involved in the crash cannot produce proof of insurance.
  • At least one vehicle involved in the collision is no longer drivable.

Where do Auto Accidents in Rockford Occur?

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have obtained data from the City of Rockford via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding traffic safety data in the city. According to information provided, there were the following traffic-related injuries and deaths:

2015

  • Total Number of Crashes: 3,651
  • Total Number of Injuries: 2,025
  • Total Number of Fatalities: 14

2016

  • Total Number of Crashes: 3,593
  • Total Number of Injuries: 2,257
  • Total Number of Fatalities: 16

2017

  • Total Number of Crashes: n/a
  • Total Number of Injuries: n/a
  • Total Number of Fatalities: n/a

Our FOIA request confirmed that the following intersections were the most dangerous areas to drive in Rockford:

Top crash intersections for 2015:

  • Auburn St / N Main St
  • N Main St / Auburn St
  • E State St / N Perryville Rd
  • N Perryville Rd / E Riverside Blvd
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd
  • 11th St / Broadway
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd

Top crash intersections for 2016:

  • Auburn St / N Main St
  • N Main St / Auburn St
  • E State St / N Perryville Rd
  • S Alpine Rd / Harrison Ave
  • Auburn St / N Central Ave
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd
  • N Mulford Rd / Spring Creek Rd
  • N Alpine Rd / E State St
  • N Alpine Rd / Highcrest Rd
  • N 2nd St / E Jefferson St

Top crash intersections for 2017:

  • N Main St / Auburn St
  • Auburn St / N Main St
  • N Mulford Rd / Spring Creek Rd
  • Spring Creek Rd / N Mulford Rd
  • E State Rd / N Perryville Rd
  • E State Rd / Welty Ave
  • N Mulford Rd / Guilford Rd
  • N Perryville Rd / Argus Dr
  • Auburn St / N Central Ave
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd

Some Rockford area motor vehicle accidents at these intersections involved rear-end collisions, whiplash, and broken bones.

Steps to Take Following a Rockford Car Accident

If you are involved in a traffic accident in the United States, you must call law enforcement officers to report it. If the crash is minor and did not cause injuries, extensive property damage, or death, the Rockford Police Department will likely not send an officer to the scene.

However, reporting the crash is easily accomplished through the Emergency Traffic Accident Reporting Program.

The program provides a simple solution for exchanging valuable vehicle and personal information, including the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, vehicle insurance policy numbers, and the license plate number, make, and vehicle model.

Common Injuries in Car Accidents

Nearly every individual who is hurt in a vehicle accident suffers severe injuries caused by an impact when parts of the car hit an object or another vehicle during the collision.

Other times, the injury results from being struck by unsecured cargo or objects that become airborne during the crash. Common accident injuries often involve cuts and tears to the skin caused by torn metal and broken glass.

In rollover accidents, the vehicle's occupants can be tossed around or ejected even when wearing a seatbelt. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) claims that a head-on (frontal) accident usually causes the most significant injuries to the victim's head, chest, neck, feet, legs of the driver, and any front-seat passenger.

However, side impacts can also cause significant injuries to the victim, especially their pelvis, head, abdomen, legs, and chest.

The most frequent kinds of car accident-related injuries involve:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs),
  • Head trauma, including injuries to the eyes, ears, teeth, jaw, or face,
  • Injuries including crushing blows to the trachea or larynx,
  • Chest injuries that include a broken breastbone (sternum) and ribs,
  • A ruptured diaphragm where the muscles required for breathing tear away from the rib cage,
  • Abdominal pelvis injuries, including hip fractures and organ damage to the kidneys, spleen, and liver,
  • Knee and leg injuries, including fractures, bruises (contusions), and a meniscus tear (torn cartilage) in the knee,
  • Foot injuries, including broken bones, sprains, or strained muscles in the toes, feet, and ankles,
  • Severed limbs, toes, and feet that are injured during severe motorcycle accidents.

Car Accidents FAQ

Our professional car accident lawyers know that many families have unanswered questions about resolving auto accidents with other motorists and their insurance companies. A car accident attorney has answered some of those questions below.

Call our personal injury law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form for additional information or schedule a free consultation. Our car accident lawyers handle auto accident cases throughout Illinois.

How Does an Auto Accident Victim Resolve Their Personal Injury Claim?

Typically, the victim will gather contact information from all other motorists involved in the accident and obtain a copy of the police report that determined which driver was at fault for causing the crash.

Next, the victim will contact the at-fault driver's insurance company and file a personal injury claim, detailing any injury, property damage, or fatality of a loved one. Within days, the insurance company will hire a claims adjuster to handle the injury claim and provide compensation for the victim's damages.

However, insurance companies often use tactics and strategies to limit the compensation they offer car accident victims. People injured in a car accident should consider hiring a professional car accident lawyer to handle their case.

One of the Common Injuries in Car and Truck Accidents?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), most car accident victims suffer whiplash than any other injury. Victims of a motorcycle accident typically experience more horrific injuries than drivers and passengers in car and truck accidents.

Survivors of a severe car wreck will likely suffer bodily harm that could include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Amputation (dismemberment)
  • Crushed limbs
  • Fractured bones
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Wrongful death

What are the Leading Causes of Car Crashes?

Distraction remains the leading contributing factor of most car wrecks where the driver takes their eyes off the road while their hands are on the steering wheel.

However, an accident victim may suffer bodily harm or property damage through another's negligence that involves drunk driving, speeding, drug impairment, reckless driving, running stoplights, aggressive behavior, fatigue, and adverse weather conditions.

What are the Deadliest Vehicle Accidents in the United States?

According to the National Safety Council, people are more likely to be fatally injured in a motorcycle crash than nearly any other automobile accident other than a head-on collision or rollover.

Most automobile claims involve moderate bodily harm, whereas nearly every reported motorcycle accident case involves severe injuries, amputation, or fatality.

How Many People Died in Automobile Accidents in Illinois in 2020?

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 1166 people died in vehicle accidents in 2020 statewide. This number represents a nearly 16% increase from the previous year.

In 2020, the United States was under a lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Even so, with fewer people on the road, receiving fewer speeding tickets, the number still row significantly from 2019.

Many of the fatalities in Illinois in 2020 were caused by unlicensed motorists (83). Additionally, 75 pedestrians, 58 motorcyclists, 56 semi-tractor-trailer truckers, and 11 bicyclists died in automobile and motorcycle crashes that year. Fifteen deaths reportedly occurred in construction work zones.

Hiring Rockford Car Accident Attorneys

Were you severely injured in a car accident, or did you lose a loved one through a wrongful death caused by another's negligence? Skilled Rockford car accident attorneys can evaluate your case and provide advice on all available legal options.

Your injuries, damages, and losses likely entitle you to recover compensation from every person at fault in the accident through a personal injury claim. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, the auto accident attorneys have years of experience handling vehicle accidents in Rockford, Illinois.

Our Rockford car injury attorneys team can help you seek justice and hold those at fault accountable for their reckless and careless actions. Submit your contact information to our car accident law offices now at (888) 424-5757 for a free case review.

We offer an initial free consultation to discuss your case. Our Rockford car accident lawyers do not take any upfront fees because our law firm accepts personal injury cases on contingency, meaning our legal fees are paid after we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win your trial award.

We assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical expenses, treatments, surgeries, and procedures. Your Rockford, IL car accident lawyer will seek financial compensation from every party at fault for your property damages, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain, and suffering.

Our Rockford, IL law firm represents individuals in various practice areas, including vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, defective medications, product liability, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death.

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