McHenry County car accidents (as well as other accidents, such as those including motorcycles, trucks, and pedestrians) can happen for many reasons; one of the primary reasons continues to be a driver’s loss of control of the vehicle.
This “loss of control” is often cited as an accident cause. On this site, various McHenry County loss of control accidents have caused both fatal and non-fatal injuries. As summarized in various posts, such loss of control accidents have included the following:
- a motorcycle accident near Richmond
- a motorcycle accident in unincorporated Harvard
At times, vehicle rollovers occur after loss of control accidents. Rollover accidents usually happen for a number of reasons, and are notable in that they can cause occupant ejections, serious accident injuries, and in many cases fatalities. Rollover accidents are further discussed on the McHenry County Rollover Accidents page. Various recent crashes involving rollovers have been summarized on this site. These crashes include:
- a November 15, 2015 car rollover accident in Lake in the Hills
- an October 17, 2015 fatal car rollover in Lake in the Hills
- an October 17, 2015 fatal car rollover in Marengo
- a July 16, 2015 car rollover in unincorporated Marengo
- an October 29, 2014 rollover in Lake in the Hills
- a May 18, 2014 rollover in Marengo
Another factor that makes loss of control accidents particularly hazardous is that many result in the vehicle leaving the roadway. Reasons for such accidents as well as other aspects of cars leaving the roadway are discussed on the “Accidents In Which Vehicles Leave The Roadway” page.
These crashes, as well as others involving loss of control, have many different characteristics and causes. Some of the more frequent causes are discussed below.
Reasons For Loss Of Control
Given the frequency of these types of accidents – as well as the serious accident injuries and fatalities that often accompany such accidents – from a traffic safety perspective it is worthwhile to review various reasons for such crashes. While the reasons for such crashes are numerous, some common reasons include:
Road hazards that have happened in McHenry County have been discussed on this site, and these traffic hazards often cause a vehicle loss of control. Such road hazards can occur in numerous forms. One factor that makes road hazards dangerous is that they are often unexpected by motorists. Common road hazards can include large potholes or other roadway deformities, such as cracks, ruts, or broken (including “buckled”) pavement. Another type of road hazard includes debris on the roadway, which can include various items, such as cargo dropped from trucks and cars. This cargo, as well as other items that may fall off of vehicles (such as detached wheels, tires or tire treads) can appear quickly, and as such leave little reaction time for drivers. One recent notable Elk Grove Village accident involved a trailer that lost a wheel, which then went into opposing lanes and struck a SUV’s windshield. The driver suffered a head injury as a result.
Another road hazard that has caused numerous Illinois accidents is that of vehicles colliding with deer. Deer can cross the roadway unexpectedly, and their movements can be highly difficult to anticipate. While deer can present a hazard at any time, deer on the roadway are especially likely in the fall. A couple of accidents in McHenry County have been caused by deer on the roadway. One was featured in a May 9, 2014 post in which a motorcycle hit a deer near Marengo; the March 21 post discusses a car crash in Bull Valley in which the driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer, and in the process the car ran into a utility pole, injuring the driver.
Any such unexpected road hazard can cause the motorist to lose control.
There are many activities that may cause a driver to be “distracted.” Commonly-cited reasons for distracted driving include the usage of electronics, such as mobile phones for talking or texting. However, there are many other activities which can cause a driver to be “distracted” or otherwise “inattentive.” These other activities can include eating, drinking, reading, or even talking with other occupants in the car. Any of these activities can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle if the driver is sufficiently distracted.
Driver fatigue is another factor that has led to loss of vehicle control. While this fatigue and accompanying lack of responsiveness can impact any driver, truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers have received attention due to various recent fatal Illinois accidents. Often truck driver fatigued is caused by excessive driving time.
Operating a vehicle too fast for conditions often proves problematical from a control standpoint. Such excess speed is especially dangerous when driving around a curve or into a corner; however, it can present a problem during many different circumstances.
One particularly dangerous driving activity involving speeding is that of street racing and drag racing. This unsanctioned racing, which can occur on both city streets and highways, has been a source for many crashes and fatal accidents. Drivers and passengers involved in the race can be hurt, as well as others who may not be involved in the racing.
Getting Hit Or “Cut Off” By Another Vehicle
Another reason for loss of control of a vehicle is when one vehicle hits another vehicle or “cuts it off.” This may range from a car hitting another from behind (i.e. a vehicle gets “rear-ended”) or from the side. In such circumstances, depending on various factors, the driver may lose control and be forced into a crash. Another instance in which a vehicle may lose control is if another vehicle suddenly comes into the lane ahead of another vehicle at a slower speed, i.e. one driver “cuts off” another driver. The driver may lose control of the vehicle to avoid hitting the vehicle ahead.
Loss Of Control Caused By Rain, Snow And Ice
There are many accidents that can be caused by (freezing) rain, snow and ice. There have been many accidents – some fatal – in Northern Illinois that are caused by snowy and icy conditions. One recurring problem is that caused by “black ice.” Many serious accidents and accident injuries – including fatalities – have been attributed to “black ice.”
There are many types of mechanical failures that can occur. Among the best ways to minimize and/or eliminate the risks of such mechanical failures is to perform regular vehicle maintenance checks, and otherwise be aware of the normal service life of various vehicle components, such as tires and brakes.
Driving After Drinking (DUI)
Driving after drinking is a primary cause of serious accidents, many of which are fatal. These accidents often involve a loss of control, due to various effects alcohol has on the ability to properly operate a vehicle.
Another source of impairment while driving is that of driving while intoxicated on drugs. This can include both impairment from drugs as well as inhaling chemical vapors, including “huffing.”
Loss Of Control Of Motorcycles
“Loss of control” is often cited as a cause of Northern Illinois motorcycle accidents. Various aspects of motorcycle loss of control are further discussed on the “Motorcycle Loss Of Control Accidents” page.
The above discusses various reasons for a possible loss of vehicle control. As discussed, accidents that follow a loss of control often result in accident injuries – and in many cases these injuries are either life-threatening or fatal.
Should you be injured in an Illinois accident, there are a variety of steps you should take to both protect your health and your legal rights, including your rights to potential injury compensation if the accident was the fault of another person or entity.
From a legal perspective, it is highly recommended that you speak with an Illinois personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. There are various steps you should take to protect your legal rights and to help you attain compensation for your accident injuries and other harm that may have occurred. [For those that have died due to accident injuries, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.]
If you were injured in an accident, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and see what legal actions may be taken. This legal consultation is provided free of charge and is confidential in nature.
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