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Car Accidents and Personal Injury Suits

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Car Accidents and Personal Injury SuitsTraffic deaths continued to rise in the Chicago area for a second straight year throughout 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune. As of New Year's Eve, the Tribune reports, “there were 973 crash fatalities in 2013, compared with 956 fatalities in 2012, a nearly 2 percent increase.” This most recent increase comes on the heels of a 4 percent rise last year, in which the death toll for transportation accidents reached 956, compared to 918. The number for this year, of course, is higher than it has been in the past several years. Despite this, “deaths on Illinois roadways are still much lower than they have been historically, with 2013 the fifth consecutive year that fatalities were below 1,000, a dramatic low compared with the past nine decades,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

The reasons for the lower number of traffic fatalities vary. There are several statewide initiatives that have likely contributed to the lower numbers—for example, the mandatory wearing of seat belts (which became law in 1985). This law “was updated in 2003 to allow officers to stop vehicles simply because occupants failed to wear seat belts,” the Tribune reports.

According to the American Bar Association, automobile accidents in which one person is injured due to the negligence of another driver still account for the vast majority of tort lawsuits brought to court. Tort law, of course, is personal injury. According to the American Bar Association, “you have a negligence claim in a ‘fault' state if you are injured by a driver who failed to exercise reasonable care, because drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care anytime they are on the road.” If a person is drinking and driving, for example, there's a clear reason for a negligence personal injury suit.

In a car accident in which you suspect you may be eligible for a personal injury suit against the driver of the other car, you don't necessarily have to have been physically injured. You merely must prove that “it caused an expectation that some harm would come to you,” reports the American Bar Association.

If you have been injured in a car accident and suspect you may be eligible for a personal injury suit in Joliet, the most important first step is to seek legal counsel. Contact the Law Offices of Cosmo Tedone and Barbara Morton today.

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