Injuries Resulting From Various Types Of Vehicle Accidents

Will County Vehicle Accident Types

There are many types of Will County vehicle accidents involving injuries that are summarized on this site.  These accidents include car, truck, pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents.  Many of these accidents cause serious and life-threatening injuries, and some lead to fatalities.  The fatalities can happen immediately after the accident (i.e. the person dies at the accident scene) or the person may die of accident injuries after some (days, weeks, months or years) later time.

For the non-fatal injury situations, the type as well as severity of the injuries vary, with some being life-threatening.

Reasons For Will County Accident Injuries 

There are many reasons as to why vehicle accidents occur.  While there are various ways to avoid and/or minimize the possibility of being hurt in an accident, wearing a seat belt continues to be among the best preventative measures.  The many safety benefits of seat belt usage and the types of accident injuries that can be avoided are discussed on the “Seat Belts As An Accident Injury Preventative Measure” page.

Various types of accidents and the associated injuries include the following:

Loss Of Vehicle Control

“Loss of vehicle control” accidents are among those that often lead to serious accident injuries and fatalities.  There are many reasons why a driver can lose control of the vehicle, and often the vehicles that are out of control pose an immediate threat to not only the driver and other occupants but also to drivers and occupants in other vehicles.   Many aspects of these accidents – including both associated medical and legal issues – are further discussed on the “Will County Loss Of Control Accidents” page.

As seen in the Will County loss of vehicle control accidents discussed on this site, these accidents can lead to a broad range of injuries.  Crashes that occur are particularly hazardous as many of them happen after the vehicle has left the roadway at higher speeds.  Among accident injuries that can occur are those that involve the head and neck, especially if the vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.  Head injuries are notable for many reasons.  They vary in both type and severity, and serious head impacts can either lead to fatalities or cause various types of permanent brain injuries and/or significant impairments.  Recovering (if it occurs) from a serious brain injury can take a significant amount of time.  On this site head injuries are discussed on both the “Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)” page as well as the “Will County Accidents Involving Head Injuries” page.

“Head-On Collisions”

“Head-on collisions” typically are highly physically traumatic to vehicle occupants, as vehicle occupants are subject to physical forces that are both strong and highly unnatural.  As seen in many Illinois accidents of this type, it is not uncommon for these crashes to lead to immediate fatalities for some of those involved.

Many aspects of “head-on collisions” are further discussed on the “Will County ‘Head-On Collisions’” page.  A high percentage of the Will County “head-on crashes” highlighted on that page led to one or more fatalities.

Pedestrian Accidents

Will County pedestrian accidents often have led to serious injuries due to the typically highly traumatic nature of such crashes.  Many accidents lead to injuries that are life-threatening in nature, and many have led to fatalities.  Among injuries that can occur when a vehicle hits a person are traumatic brain injuries, various broken bones, abrasions and various types of blunt force trauma.  The topic of pedestrian accidents, including various medical and legal aspects, is further discussed on the “Will County Pedestrian Accidents And Injuries” page.   As seen in various Will County pedestrian accidents, including those that have happened in Joliet, Frankfort, Lemont, Crest Hill, Bolingbrook and Romeoville, a broad range of accident injuries can occur.

Bicycling Accidents

Bicycling accidents are also among those accident types that are highly physically traumatic and often lead to serious accident injuries. Some lead to fatalities.  The topic of bicycling accidents and the injuries that can occur are discussed on both the “Will County Bicycle Accidents” page, which includes statistics, and the “Bicycle Accidents In Will County” page, which discusses reasons for bicycle accidents as well as what to do if hurt during a bicycle accident.  Also listed are types of accident injuries typically involved in a such crashes.

Truck Accidents

Numerous truck accidents occur in Will County as there is a substantial amount of truck traffic due to the types of businesses located in the county, as well as the various roadways (including expressways and highways) that carry high levels of truck traffic.  Due to the weight of the trucks and other physical aspects, truck accidents often lead to significant accident injuries. Various aspects of these crashes and the injuries involved, including medical and legal aspects, are further discussed on the “Will County Truck Accidents” page.   Various Will County individual truck accidents are summarized in posts found in the “truck accidents” category.

One of the key issues regarding trucking safety continues to be the amount of time that truck drivers can continuously spend driving at one time.  Driver fatigue – which has led to truck drivers being inattentive and/or drowsy – and the accidents that occur due to this fatigue have been cited as the cause of many Illinois truck accidents.  Some of these accidents have occurred after the truck driver has fallen asleep while driving.

What To Do If Hurt In A Crash

There are various steps you should take if you are hurt in a collision.  These steps are needed for various reasons, including to protect both your health as well as your legal rights.  They also help maximize your ability to collect accident injury compensation if the accident wasn’t your fault.

10 steps to take after a vehicle accident are discussed on the “Steps To Take After An Auto Accident” page.  Of note, these steps should be taken as soon as possible after an accident.

While some of these steps involve legal issues, medical issues are also of primary importance.  A thorough medical examination as soon as possible after an accident injury occurs is recommended. There are many reasons for this recommendation.  A thorough medical examination – typically done in the Emergency Room (ER) – can thoroughly check for injuries that may not yet be exhibiting symptoms.  All injuries can then be thoroughly evaluated and properly treated by qualified medical professionals.  For legal issues, it is also highly advisable to have such injuries properly evaluated and documented as soon as possible following an accident.

Filing An Accident Injury Lawsuit

If a person has been hurt during an accident, and the injuries are the fault of another person, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be warranted.  While there are many reasons as to why a person may want to file a lawsuit, one of the primary reasons for filing a lawsuit is to pursue accident injury compensation, which is often needed to pay for medical bills, other expenses, and financial hardships caused by injuries.  [in the case of a fatal accident, relevant parties can pursue compensation for the loss of life through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.]  The trial lawyers at the Elman Law Group can help you determine whether the filing of a lawsuit is warranted, and what amounts of compensation may be expected given the specific circumstances of the injuries from both legal and medical standpoints.   In order to get a free and confidential 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 lawsuits.  It has earned a reputation for its trial capabilities, which often results in higher accident compensation for those injured.

Elman Law Group handles cases on a “contingency” basis – clients do not pay legal fees unless and until they get money from a lawsuit settlement or court trial (jury award).