While there are many reasons for Will County car accidents (as well as other accidents, including motorcycles, trucks, and pedestrians) 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 Will County loss of control accidents have caused both fatal and non-fatal injuries. Among these crashes were two in Joliet, with one involving a pickup truck crash. The pickup truck crash involved the truck leaving the roadway, and crashing into trees. As seen in the January 6, 2016 post titled “Joliet Car Crash Injures Two Men” one of the men in the truck was hurt and suffered multiple skull fractures as well as bleeding on the brain. The injuries were considered to be life-threatening in nature.
Another type of loss of control accident, vehicle rollovers, has led to various crashes as well. Will County rollover accidents have occurred in various areas. Various recent Will County crashes involving rollovers have been summarized on this site. Those crashes include accidents in Joliet, Lockport Township, unincorporated Manhattan Township, Channahon Township, and Romeoville.
These crashes, as well as others in Illinois involving loss of control, have many different characteristics. For instance, a number of the accidents involve a vehicle going into the opposing lane of traffic (i.e. “crossing the center line”) and therefore colliding with vehicle(s) in that opposite lane. Other accidents have involved the driver losing control after a mechanical failure, such as a tire blowout.
Vehicle loss of control accidents can have many causes. Some of the more common causes are discussed below.
Reasons For Loss Of Control
Given the frequency of these types of accidents – as well as the serious accident injuries 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 have been discussed often on this site, and these traffic hazards can cause loss of control. Such road hazards can be present in numerous forms. Often, such road hazards are dangerous as they are unexpected. Common road hazards can include large potholes or other roadway defects. Another type of road hazard includes debris on the roadway, which can include cargo dropped from trucks and cars. This cargo, as well as other debris that may fall from other vehicles (such as detached wheels, tires or tire treads) can appear quickly, and as such leave little reaction time for drivers. One recent notable accident involved a wheel lost from a trailer, 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 instances of 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. (Tips for minimizing risk posed by deer are seen in the post titled “Collisions With Deer And Tips On How To Avoid Them.”)
Any such unexpected road hazard can cause the motorist to lose control as an attempt is made to avoid such a hazard.
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, operating the stereo, or even talking with other occupants in the car. Any of these activities can cause a “loss of control” if the driver is distracted, and an accident with injuries.
Operating a vehicle too fast for conditions often proves problematical from a control standpoint. Such excess speed is especially dangerous when going 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 is typically done on city streets, 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 one’s vehicle is when another vehicle hits you or “cuts you off.” This may range from a car hitting you from behind (i.e. your vehicle getting “rear-ended”) or from the side. In such circumstances, depending on various factors, you 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 your lane ahead of you at a slower speed, i.e. the other driver “cuts you off.” You may lose control of your vehicle as you attempt to avoid hitting the vehicle ahead of you.
Loss Of Control Caused By Rain, Snow And Ice
As the winter season is relatively long in Will County, there are many accidents that can be caused by (freezing) rain, snow and ice. There have been many accidents – some fatal – in Will County and the greater Chicago area that are caused by snowy and icy conditions. One accident in Joliet that was attributed to a vehicle hitting a patch of ice is summarized in the January 22, 2016 post titled “Joliet Car Crash Injures Four People.” In this accident four people were hurt.
There are many types of mechanical failures that can occur. Perhaps the best way to minimize and/or eliminate the risks of such mechanical failures is to perform regular maintenance checks, and otherwise be aware of the normal service life of various vehicle components, such as tires and brakes. As previously mentioned, one such mechanical failure that has led to both fatal- and non-fatal injuries has been tire blowouts.
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. On this site, accidents in which the driver has been charged with DUI are summarized under the DUI category. These DUI accidents have included “wrong-way driver” crashes in both Joliet and Bolingbrook.
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 chemicals, including “huffing.”
Loss Of Control Of Motorcycles
“Loss of control” is often cited as a cause of Will County and other Illinois motorcycle accidents. One Joliet Township fatal motorcycle accident is being attributed to loss of control. This accident was summarized in the June 25, 2016 post titled “Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Joliet Township.” Loss of control of motorcycles is further discussed in the “Motorcycle Loss Of Control Accidents” page.
The above discusses various reasons for a possible loss of vehicle control. As discussed, these loss of control accidents often result in accident injuries, and in some case fatal injuries.
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 injury compensation.
Steps to take from a medical perspective – and why to do so – are further discussed on the “Important Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After An Accident” page.
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 maximize the potential to 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 Joseph 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.
Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years, and during this time has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases. Through this extensive experience we have built a reputation for our court trial performance. As seen in many cases, this successful trial experience may (substantially) increase your potential accident injury compensation.
Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.