A vehicle accident often leads to an accident injury or a range of serious accident injuries for both the driver and any passengers, which often leads to personal injury lawsuits being filed. On this site, many McHenry County accidents have been summarized, and illustrate the broad range of injuries that can occur. Many of these injuries can be life-threatening in nature, and can result in one or more fatalities.
There are many reasons why vehicle accidents can greatly harm occupants. Many vehicle accidents occur at higher speeds, and despite such occupant safety devices such as seat belts, air bags, and “crumple zones,” accidents can still be highly physically traumatic. Such accidents can be especially harmful if seat belts are not being worn at the time of the crash, as the vehicle occupants can be ejected (i.e. partially or fully thrown) from the vehicle. As seen in various McHenry County accidents as well as others in the Chicago area, such ejections typically cause serious if not life-threatening accident injuries.
Rollover accidents are among those that tend to lead to significant, if not severe, accident injuries. Rollover accidents often cause unrestrained vehicle occupants to be ejected from the vehicle. One such McHenry County accident – which resulted in two fatalities – occurred on October 17, 2015 during a crash in Lake in the Hills.
Among other highly traumatic types of crashes are loss of control accidents especially those in which the vehicle leaves the roadway. When a vehicle leaves the roadway, it can collide with a variety of fixed objects, which is usually very forceful.
“Head-on collisions” are also a type of accident which often lead to serious, if not fatal, accident injuries. These accidents are highly physically traumatic for various reasons, and as seen in many such crashes injuries are often fatal in nature. One such “head-on crash” which led to a driver being fatally injured happened in Hebron on January 14, 2018. As is typical in these frontal collisions, the two-car accident happened after one of the cars crossed the center line and collided with the other car. In this accident both drivers died at the accident scene, and other vehicle occupants were injured, with at least two people being critically injured.
As well, there are accidents involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. As seen in McHenry County accidents of these types, serious injuries often occur and some have been life-threatening if not fatal in nature.
While vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists happen for many reasons, there are common reasons for each type of crash. For instance, many motorcycle crashes involve a vehicle making a left-hand turn in the path of the oncoming motorcyclist. A “head-on collision” then occurs, which by its nature involves a high degree of force and transmits a high degree of physical trauma to the motorcyclist and (if applicable) passenger. As seen in motorcycle accidents summarized on this site, it is common for such crashes to critically injure the motorcycle rider and passenger. A commonly stated reason as to why these crashes occur is because the motorist fails to “see” the oncoming motorcycle. One such fatal accident happened in Crystal Lake in September 2017 and is summarized in the “Fatal Crystal Lake SUV-Motorcycle Collision” post.
Typical Vehicle Accident Injuries
As mentioned before, there are many types of injuries that can result from a vehicle accident. Among the injuries and other harm that can result from such blunt force trauma include:
- head injuries and brain injuries (TBI)
- neck and spinal cord injuries
- soft tissue damage
- injuries to the chest and lungs
- internal bleeding
- bone fractures, including those to the legs, arms, hands, and collarbones
- burn injuries if fire is involved
- other injuries
Medical Care Required For Vehicle Accident Injuries
Many of these injuries can lead to the driver and any passengers requiring significant or substantial amounts of medical care. This medical care can be temporary in nature or ongoing. Outside of the initial medical treatment that typically occurs in the emergency room (ER) and/or intensive care unit (ICU), depending on the nature of the injuries there can be extensive hospitalization. There may be a need for surgeries and other treatment such as subsequent testing. Rehabilitation, including physical rehabilitation and/or occupational rehabilitation, is often required.
Reasons For Vehicle Accident Personal Injury Lawsuits
While there are many reasons as to why injury lawsuits are filed, a primary reason is to get compensation for medical costs. Often, the medical bills for such accident injuries are high, if not very high, even if those injured have health insurance.
There are other money issues as well. There can be lost income due to a temporary or permanent inability to work (commonly called “lost wages.”) This inability to work, especially if semi-permanent or permanent, can cause further significant financial challenges.
There are many other reasons as to why personal injury lawsuits are pursued. One is to punish negligent and/or reckless behavior that has caused the person(s) to be injured.
For instance, if a pedestrian is struck by a drunk driver, one of the reasons that the pedestrian may want to file a lawsuit is to punish the drunk driver, and by extension discourage such behavior from occurring in the future.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If a vehicle accident causes a fatality, and the accident was caused by another person, relevant parties can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who was at fault. Wrongful death lawsuits are further discussed on the “Wrongful Death Cases” page.
If You Are Injured In A Vehicle Accident
There are a number of steps one should take if injured in a vehicle accident. These steps are needed to protect both one’s health situation as well as legal rights, including the ability to collect compensation for accident injuries if the accident was the fault of another person or party.
These steps should be taken as soon as possible following an injury.
Ten such steps are discussed in the “What To Do After An Auto Accident” document. These steps include the handling of legal issues, as well the importance of promptly receiving proper medical treatment. It is important for those injured to quickly get a thorough medical exam to properly assess injuries and get proper treatment, as well as to identify injuries that may not yet be apparent. The issue of getting a prompt and proper medical exam following an accident is further discussed on the “Injuries That Result From Various Types Of Car Accidents” page.
The Filing Of An Accident Injury Lawsuit
If the injuries are the fault of another person, it may be advisable to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to pursue accident injury compensation. The trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group can help you determine whether a lawsuit should be filed, as well as indicate how much your case may be worth, i.e. what types and amounts of compensation may be expected given the specific circumstances of the accident, the injuries that occurred, the medical treatment received, and the resulting medical condition.
Types Of Accident Injury Compensation
While levels and types of potential injury compensation vary according to the accident and resulting medical situation, general types of compensation can include:
- Medical costs (including past, current and future expenditures)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of function
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Other economic damages
To get a free and confidential initial legal consultation from the Elman Law Group, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney, at (773) 392-8182 at any time.
Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 25 years. During this time the firm has handled over 10,000 injury lawsuits. It has earned a reputation for its trial capabilities, which often results in higher accident compensation for its clients.