Last Updated: February 5, 2018
Causes of Car Accidents in Chicago, Illinois
In our practice, we have seen a variety of car accidents. But we find many of them are often caused by some of the same events. Drivers are frequently doing too many things when they should be focusing on the road, or they do not pay attention to traffic signs and run into other vehicles. Some of the most common causes of accidents we hear from our clients include:
- Driving too fast or reckless driving, like weaving in and out of lanes
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting, making phone calls, or emailing while driving
- Eating, reading, changing the radio, or other distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued (falling asleep at the wheel)
- Vehicle malfunctions (such as steering wheel or breaks locking)
- Failure to observe traffic signs and traffic laws
- Failure to check mirrors or blind spots before turning, merging, or changing lanes
Unfortunately, when other people decide to drive without care, you and your family are at risk of being involved in an accident. That is when we can help.
Safe Driving Tips to Help Avoid Being Involved in a Car Accident
Fender benders and pile-ups can sometimes seem like just part of life. But there are simple steps you can take every day to avoid being in or causing a car accident. Give these a try the next time you’re behind the wheel.
Take your time – We rush nonstop these days. With all the hurrying, we lose sight of safety and make poor decisions with our driving. Remember that you are going to arrive somewhere a lot slower if your car has to be towed or if you are pulled over for speeding. Give yourself a few extra minutes every trip to relax and arrive safely.
Remove distractions – Cell phones, radios, fast food, kids, pets all can pull your concentration away from the road and place you at risk for a wreck. When you get in your car:
- Turn your cell phone on silent, place it in “Do Not Disturb” mode, or shut it completely off. Phones account for a startlingly high number of accidents every year, but very few calls or messages need your urgent attention. It is much safer to wait until you are at your destination.
- Set the radio where you want it. Constantly fidgeting with the radio means you are not focusing on your driving. Accidents can happen in a split second, so set the radio on a station you like while you’re still in park, and leave it.
- Wait to eat until you get home. Sometimes, you and the kids are starving, and it feels like you can’t wait another minute. But if you’re near home, waiting is much safer. One spill of the fries, and you’re veering off the road. If you’re on a road trip, go into the restaurant to give the family a deserved break from the car.
- Secure children and pets. Give the kids something to do during a long drive, like games or crossword puzzles, and teach them about the importance of safe driving. Make sure pets are not able to jump around the car where they can cause you to swerve or obstruct your view.
Stay alert – Never drive when you are too tired, and be sure to pay attention to road signs, speed limits, and the actions of drivers around you. While you can control your own driving, sometimes avoiding an accident is all about playing defense. Be aware of your surroundings so you have ample time to respond to someone driving recklessly.
Free Car Accident Claim Review
The Chicago car accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman LLC know that being in a motorcycle accident can be an extremely traumatic experience and are here to help you ascertain whether you have available recovery options that can be pursued. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident call our office for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers will skillfully ensure the best possible outcome of your case. Our phone number is (312) 422-0500 and it is free to call and speak directly with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys.