Causes Of McHenry County Car Accidents

Illinois And McHenry County Car Crashes & Vehicle Accidents

On any given day, there are various Illinois car crashes and McHenry County vehicle accidents.  Should one be involved in a such a crash, one does not want to jeopardize one’s ability to potentially receive monetary compensation.  It is often in a person’s best interest to contact a qualified car accident lawyer to protect one’s rights and to determine and pursue potential monetary compensation.

Car crashes can happen for a variety of reasons, and many of these reasons can be beyond the control of the vehicle’s driver or occupants.   Various types of roadway conditions and other types of traffic hazards are often beyond the control of the driver.  As well, of course the negligent actions of other drivers is often a key factor in vehicle crashes.

Types Of Car Crashes And Vehicle Accidents

Listed below are various reasons for and contributing factors to car crashes and other types of vehicle accidents that may occur in McHenry County:

Drunk driving accidents:  Many vehicle accidents are caused by drivers who drive after drinking.  These DUI accidents also include various devastating accidents that result in drunk drivers who become “wrong-way drivers.”  Drunk drivers have been involved in many types of accidents, including those who collide with motorcyclists and bicyclists.  Also, one of the most common reasons for motorcyclists getting into motorcycle accidents is because of motorcyclists who operate a motorcycle after drinking.  In addition to drunk driving accidents, there are also accidents caused by drivers who drive after becoming intoxicated with drugs.

Distracted driving accidents:  These types of accidents can often be devastating.  While the distractions can be caused by many factors, distracted driving caused by cell phone usage and texting is certainly among the most common in McHenry County and the greater Chicago area.

Inattentive driving:  This type of driving is particularly dangerous when a driver encounters other less-visible road users, including motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.  The inattentive driving often results in the driver not “seeing” these other roadway users, and collisions occur.  One particularly common type of inattentive driving accident is when a driver makes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist, causing a frontal collision with the motorcyclist.

Traffic hazards:  Traffic hazards can take many forms, and are often dangerous as they are random and unexpected by drivers.  One type of traffic hazard is caused by stalled vehicles.  Another type of traffic hazard is caused by trucks that suddenly drop cargo or other material onto the roadway.

Hazardous roadway conditions:  Roads and expressways can become hazardous for a variety of reasons.  Ice and “black ice” are common hazardous road conditions in the McHenry County area during the winter months.  As well, large potholes are hazardous and can cause or contribute to car crashes.  Other hazardous road conditions include high levels of standing water, unplowed snow, drifting snow, and gravel on the pavement.  Sinkholes are becoming increasingly common in the greater Chicagoland area.

Speeding:  Speeding has been both a cause and contributor to many McHenry County and Chicago-area vehicle crashes, many fatal in nature.  Car crashes caused by street racing, while less common, has resulted in many fatal car accidents and motorcycle accidents.

Driving too fast for conditions:  These types of vehicle accidents often occur during adverse weather, at which point the posted speed limit often becomes an inadvisable and hazardous speed for vehicle travel.

Failure to yield:  This type of vehicle accident occurs when one driver fails to yield the right-of-way to another driver, thereby causing a car crash.

Running red lights:  This happens when one vehicle fails to stop at a red light.  Often, side-impact collisions happen after one driver runs a red light and collides with another vehicle.

Defective car design:  This deals with vehicle accidents caused by defective vehicles or vehicles with defective parts. While these types of design defects can vary greatly, one type of defective design that has received considerable attention is that caused by alleged unintended acceleration.  GM’s recent ignition switch defect is another example of a defective design that has caused car crashes.

If You Have Been In A McHenry County Car Crash

The above discusses various causes of vehicle accidents that do and can occur in McHenry County.  If one gets in a vehicle accident, it is often in one’s best interest to start receiving immediate legal counsel from a qualified Illinois car accident lawyer, as there are a variety of time-sensitive issues and recommended actions one should take after having been in such an accident.