A northern Illinois resident filed suit last month after he was struck from behind by another vehicle while stopped for traffic, reports the Madison-St. Clair Record. In his complaint, the plaintiff claims he sustained neck, back, spine and face injuries from the collision. He claims he experienced pain and suffering, incurred significant medical costs and lost wages, and sustained a permanent impairment of his earning capacity and lost his enjoyment of a normal life. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant drove too fast, without regard for the safety of others, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to properly apply her brakes, failed to stop or swerve to avoid the collision and failed to exercise ordinary care, the complaint states. The plaintiff is seeking over $50,000 in damages.
While fortunately, the plaintiff in this case was not fatally injured, nearly 1,000 Illinois residents have not been that lucky this year. The Illinois Department of Transportation (“IDOT”) keeps a running tally of driving fatalities on their website. So far in 2012, there have been 925 fatalities on Illinois roadways. IDOT reports that while driving fatalities have been on the decline for several years, this year the number has risen sharply. That said, IDOT reported a 63 percent decline in motor vehicle fatalities this year over thanksgiving weekend, compared to last year, which is positive news. In hopes of continuing this trend, IDOT recommends more defensive driving, buckling up, not speaking on your cell phone, slowing down in work zones, wearing the proper motorcycling gear, and never driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
This holiday season please be aware while driving to be with friends and family. Never speak on your cell phone or text while driving, always buckle up, and follow all posted road signs. Be aware of the weather conditions, as snow, sleet and black ice are often present during holiday travel. Additionally, while the holidays are a fun time for celebration, always designate a sober driver and never drive while intoxicated. If we all take the proper precautions during the holiday season we can reduce the number of fatalities.
Since 1992, the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have represented victims of negligent drivers like the defendant in the aforementioned case. Our attorneys have represented injured clients who have suffered personal injuries or lost a loved one in all types of motor vehicle accidents including car crashes, motorcycle accidents, bus collisions and trucking accidents, among others. Our attorneys have successfully handled nearly every type of motor vehicle accident you can think of and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in Illinois courts for victims and their families. Levin & Perconti encourages all Illinois residents to be aware while driving this holiday season. However, accidents do happen. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, please consider contacting our offices for a free consultation.