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Pull off to the side of the road, contact the Edwardsville Police Department or SIUE Police Department, document the scene with photographs, give your statement to the responding authorities, and contact your insurance provider.

The rules of the road on the SIUE campus are no different than the City of Edwardsville, however, it is still important to be mindful of your surroundings. The speed limit is reduced and there is generally more foot traffic on campus as compared to the rest of town. Drive slowly, yield to pedestrians, and stay alert.

The amount of time allotted to file a car accident lawsuit differs by the case. It is best to fill out a free no-obligation consultation form with our team of lawyers so that our personal injury team can review your case.

What to Do if You are in an Accident

If you are involved in an accident, it is important to adhere to the following steps to ensure the accident is handled properly:

  1. Do not leave the scene of the accident, ever. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident, and if caught, can result in expensive fines.
  2. Stay safe. If it is an emergency, immediately call 911 to alert authorities and receive medical attention. If there are no injuries and the accident is not blocking traffic, call the Edwardsville Police Department non-emergency number at (618) 656-2131 to report the accident.
  3. Follow any instructions given to you by the police. If told to move to a safe location, do so. This will help to alleviate further congestion in the area.
  4. Be polite to all individuals, including the police, but do not admit fault at any point in time.
  5. Collect any evidence of the scene which more often than not, includes pictures, videos, the contact information of the individuals involved, and the name and badge number of the responding law enforcement officers. The evidence you collect on the scene will help your Edwardsville car accident lawyers in the future.
  6. Keep track of all costs associated with your accident including medical care bills and costs of the repairs of your vehicle.
  7. Call TorHoerman Law for a free no-obligation Edwardsville car accident consultation.
  8. Ask your legal team questions. We are here to help.


Never Admit Fault for Accident

Admitting fault in an auto accident is a very common mistake that you never want to make.

Oftentimes, a person who has just been involved in an auto accident is confused and overwhelmed. Understandably, individuals can have a hard time recollecting what incidents actually led to an accident. This sometimes results in individuals taking blame for an accident, even if they were not actually at fault.

Even if you are fairly certain that you are at fault for an accident, you should not admit fault to any person on the scene of an accident. While you may be partially at fault, the other party(s) may also be partially at fault as well. If you claim fault, however, the other party(s) can reference this in future deliberations, arbitrations, or hearings. Auto accident fault is a complex topic based on laws and situational details. Leave the determination of fault up to the experts.

Illinois is not a “no-fault” state, but instead follows a legal statute referred to as “comparative negligence.” In personal injury lawsuits, negligence, or fault, determines who pays for damages after a car accident. Comparative negligence determines how fault will be divided among the individuals involved in the lawsuit. For example, if you are in an accident and both you and the other individual are at fault because of failure to pay attention to your surroundings, you may be responsible for 10% of the accident. Under the comparative negligence statute, you will only be eligible to receive 90% of a settlement because you were 10% at fault for the accident.

There is never a reason to admit or accept fault at the scene of an accident. You are not required by law to admit or accept fault. If you are pressured to accept fault by authorities, you can invoke your right to refuse to be questioned, but it is important to always remain polite and kind. Nothing good will come from admitting fault. It is best to answer any questions as objectively and truthfully as possible without determining who is at fault.

Edwardsville Car Accident Statistics

The statistics presented below are gathered from the most recent data, calendar year 2019,  published by the Illinois Department of Transportation

    • 5,850 car accidents involving 10,240 vehicles were reported in Madison County. 
    • 37 fatal car accidents occurred in 2019. 
    • Most accidents happened during clear, dry weather conditions (4,447 accidents). 
    • The most common accidents were front to rear collisions (1,416 accidents) and fixed object collisions (1,083).
    • 459 animal collisions also occurred in 2019. 
    • Most accidents occurred during daylight hours (3,376).
    • A wide majority of accidents occurred when drivers were unimpaired (8,517).
    • 174 drunk driving accidents occurred.


Common Edwardsville Car Accident Injuries

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, “Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year and an additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled in the United States.” The statistics are truly frightening – countless injuries, even death, can occur in a car accident. Which injuries are most common though?

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations
  • Wrongful death

Some injuries may not be obvious immediately after a car accident, and for that reason, it is important to seek medical treatment even if you “feel fine.” Medical professionals may find an internal injury that could have caused complications down the road had it not been treated.

Visit the following for additional information regarding common car accident injuries:

Most Common Car Accident Injury Information


Common Causes of Car Accidents in Edwardsville

Despite advancements in technology and a wider commitment to strengthening safety standards, car accidents are still incredibly common. Below are common causes of car accidents:

Distracted driving is a big problem on the roads. At 55 mph, the average text message takes your eyes off the road long enough to cover the length of an entire football field. While an individual may think it is harmless to read a text message or change a playlist, those actions can put themselves and others on the road at an extreme risk.

Impaired driving includes driving under the influence of either or both drugs and alcohol. Impaired driving is against the law in all 50 states, yet is still a major problem. Drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of car accident fatalities.

Speed limits are set to keep motorists safe, and it is important to obey them at all times, not only for your safety but for the safety of other motorists. Car accidents at higher speeds are linked to higher fatality rates. 

Failing to signal a lane change can catch others off-guard and cause a car accident. Always check your blind spots before merging or changing lanes. 

Running a red light is an example of failing to obey traffic signals. This type of behavior is one of the most common causes of car accidents in an intersection.

A motorist who arrives first at a stop sign has the right of way. Pedestrians have the right of way to cross a street or intersection. Failure to yield in either of these types of instances can cause harm to all involved. As a driver, it is important to be aware of who has the right of way in various situations.

Reckless driving is the term used when a motorist is well aware their actions can cause harm to others on the road. Reckless driving is associated with road rage, which can result in criminal charges, or other dangerous maneuvers and actions like street racing. 

Rain, snow, ice, fog, or even extreme wind can cause car accidents. Cars are not immune to unfavorable driving conditions so if you must drive in those types of conditions, ensure you keep a safe distance from other motorists, adjust speed accordingly, increase stopping time, and allow extra time to arrive at your destination safely.

Edwardsville Driving Laws

Rules of the Road in Illinois:

In Illinois, all passengers, whether in the back or front seat, must wear seat belts at all times. Children under the age of 8 must be properly secured in a child safety seat approved by the Child Passenger Protection Act.

Unbeknownst to many, the responsibility of ensuring all passengers are wearing seatbelts falls on the driver. If the driver or passengers are found to be disobeying Illinois law, they are subject to a fine and court costs.

The Illinois safety belt law went into effect on July 1, 1985, and since then, injuries and fatalities have drastically decreased. Around the United States, seat belts saved an estimated 14,668 lives of passenger vehicle occupants aged five and older in 2016 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Seat belts save lives – fasten yours.

Edwardsville Winter Roadway Dangers

Winter weather and dangerous road conditions, and in Madison County, we are no strangers to snowy or icy weather. On average, the Metro-East receives about 15 inches of snow every year. While it is best to stay off the roads, for some of us that option is just not possible. If you have to drive in winter weather conditions, consider following the recommendations below:

  • Avoid back roads – country roads are usually the last to be plowed and salted. If you are involved in an auto accident on the Edwardsville backroads, bad road conditions may make it more difficult for emergency responders to get to your location.
  • Dress warm and put blankets and other “survival” items in your vehicle. 
  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars do not fare well on winter road conditions. Avoid driving if you have an RWD vehicle. If you have to drive with an RWD vehicle, add some weight (sandbags, cinder blocks, etc.) in the trunk and take it easy on your accelerator.
  • If you are involved in an accident or have car troubles, stay in your car. Do not get out of the car and start walking to find help. You are at a greater risk of a slip & fall injury in the icy conditions. Sit tight and contact authorities from your vehicle.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure people know where you are going and the route you are taking. 
  • Give other drivers plenty of room. There is no need to tailgate. Pay attention to the cars ahead of you and give yourself enough time to react if they hit an icy patch.
  • If you do hit a patch of ice, do not try to overcorrect your vehicle. Braking is one of the most common mistakes. Braking triggers a slide which can make the situation much worse. The best way to handle hitting an icy patch is to slowly release the acceleration and turn your car into the slide (turn your wheels towards the direction the back of your vehicle is sliding).

Hiring an Edwardsville Car Accident Lawyer

Navigating the legal industry can be confusing. With the help of an Edwardsville car accident lawyer, you can receive compensation for the damages incurred in a car accident. But, many people don’t realize “damages” can encompass a number of things – injuries sustained during the accident, medical bills to treat the injuries, the costs to repair your vehicle, the emotional distress, the wages lost during your recovery, among others.

By hiring an Edwardsville car accident lawyer at TorHoerman Law, you will be able to navigate the lawsuit process with ease. This includes discovery, or the investigative portion of the lawsuit where all evidence related to your case is compiled, settlement negotiations with the other parties involved, which include the other driver(s) and insurance companies, and if necessary, going to trial. During each of these steps, your Edwardsville car accident lawyer will speak and act on your behalf, effectively eliminating stress about the lawsuit and instead allowing you to focus on your physical and mental recovery.

Your legal team is there to fight for you and your rights. At TorHoerman Law, that is our primary objective – fighting for you.

TorHoerman Law, Edwardsville Car Accident Law Firm

TorHoerman Law is well-versed in navigating the legal industry in Madison County, Illinois – representing clients from all over the region in many areas of personal injury, including car accidents.

If you were in a car accident, our Edwardsville car accident lawyers are here to guide you through the lawsuit process and, if necessary, represent you.

We offer free, no-obligation Edwardsville car accident lawsuit case consultations to all prospective clients, so do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions about your case.

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