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There are about 1,000 fatal car crashes in Illinois each year. Hundreds of non-fatal accidents happen each day. Illinois experiences fewer crashes than most states.

Car accident attorneys build a case that shows how you’ve been affected by an accident and that you deserve money for it. Their goal is to use these arguments to win you a sum of money, or “compensation.”

Car accident lawsuits usually last between 6 months and 2 years. Trickier lawsuits take longer. Your attorney should have an idea pretty early on of how long your suit will take.

Dangerous Roads in Alton, Illinois

Alton’s urban construction has greatly improved transportation in the town, but it also means that there are more high-speed high-traffic roads. If you’re driving through, be careful on Highway 111, McAdams Parkway, East Broadway Street, Highway 67, College Ave, and Landmarks Boulevard. These roads have high-speed limits and require constant merging or stops. For accidents that take place on another person’s private property, your lawyer may involve premises liability in your case.

 

Alton, IL Car Accident Statistics

Illinois cities tend to have low traffic crash rates compared to coastal regions of the US. Possible reasons as to why include unpredictable weather patterns, higher rates of alcohol consumption, and a lack of public transportation.

Here are some Alton car accident statistics based on 2018 data:

  • An estimated 2 deaths occur from car accidents each year in Alton. These fatal accidents are most likely to happen on highways.
  • Illinois experiences an average of about 1000 fatal car accidents annually.
  • Mississippi suffers the highest rate of fatal accidents for any state, with 22 deaths per 100,000 population.
  • It’s estimated that 30% of fatal accidents in Illinois involve a driver with an excessive blood alcohol level.
  • Crashes that cause serious injuries or death are most often single-vehicle (53%) as opposed to multi-vehicle (47%).
  • 99% of car crash victims seeking compensation call an Alton car accident lawyer.

 

What Are Common Causes of Car Accidents in Alton, IL?

Traffic accidents remain a pervasive issue throughout the United States and the world. These are some of the biggest reasons that accidents happen:

  • Tired drivers. Being behind the wheel requires full attention. Many drivers ignore this and choose to drive anyway.
  • Intoxication. Statistics suggest that drug and alcohol consumption is one of the biggest contributors to fatal accidents. For accidents like this, see about filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Recklessness or excessive speed. Read some crash reports from your local government and you will see how big a problem reckless driving is.
  • Weather. Precipitation (rain, snow, hale) tends to be the worst. You can prepare to drive in unfavorable weather by continually checking the forecast and bringing emergency materials with you. It’s also a good idea to drive more cautiously in poor weather conditions.
  • Distractions. You’ve probably seen campaigns to end distracted driving. Cell phone usage is the biggest offender, but some other distractions are flashy signs, active car crashes, and loud noises.

For more on how to improve your driving, see this article from CTV News.

 

What Are The Steps In An Alton Car Accident Lawsuit?

The aftermath of a car accident is not pleasant. Injuries, medical bills, and lost time at work can make a person’s life much harder. Unfortunately, car insurance companies can usually only pay a limited amount for your damages. That’s when an Alton car accident lawyer comes into play. What an injury lawyer can do is coordinate with other parties who were involved in the crash to obtain a settlement, either through discussions out of court or through a lawsuit.

If a lawyer accepts you as a client, they’ll begin the civil lawsuit process. They’ll assess damages, gather evidence, and make a case about liability for the car accident. Damages, which can be compensatory or punitive, are the ways that you’ve had to pay for the accident, the things you should have never had to pay for. Your attorney will also take into account mitigation.

A winning case will award you compensation. Some lawyers use a contingency fee system which means you don’t pay anything unless you win the case. Additionally, things like a bellwether trial or multidistrict litigation can influence how much money you receive.

Ask your Alton car accident lawyer about these things early on.

 

How Long Does An Alton Car Accident Lawsuit Take To Finish?

Car accidents fall under the personal injury law. Personal injury cases tend to take around 18 months to conclude. Out-of-court settlements may take less time, being as quick as 6 months in some cases. More elaborate cases that have multiple victims or a difficult court schedule can take 2 years or more. Regardless of the timeframe, it’s always beneficial to reach out to an Alton car accident lawyer after a crash.

 

TorHoerman Law - Your Alton Car Accident Lawyer

The difficulties you face after your car accident don’t have to continue. By calling an attorney, you can review your options and may be able to start the compensation. You can also use our Instant Case Evaluation for an initial review of your case.

No matter what, talk to a lawyer at 1-888-508-6752 to schedule a completely free consultation.

 

 

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). “Fatality Facts 2017: State by State.” IIHS, 2018, https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state

Illinois Car Laws. (2020). Illinois Car Laws. Retrieved March 26, 2020, from https://illinoiscarlaws.com/

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