car accident causes

Although the number of crash-related fatalities in Chicago has been steadily dropping, the number of car crashes seems to be on the rise. The causes can vary from an unlucky change in weather to severe driver negligence. Thousands of Chicago residents are injured or killed each year in car accidents, and we’re taking a look at some of the most common causes. 

Cell phone use is an essential part of our everyday lives, but it becomes a huge problem once it happens when someone is behind the wheel. Many drivers are guilty of sending a quick text or checking emails, and it only takes a fraction of a second to get in an accident. Other distractions, like the radio and other cars, are a growing concern when it comes to Chicago car accidents.

Snow, sleet, rain, fog – we’re right in the middle of Chicago’s most severe weather season, which means that weather-related car accidents are happening more frequently. Even experienced drivers can quickly lose control on an ice road, and multi-vehicle accidents happen each year by the thousands.

There were over 4,000 DUI arrests in all of Illinois during 2022, half of which happened in Chicago. Many of those arrests can be attributed to alcohol use, but impairment could also involve legal and illegal drugs. Even prescription drugs can make driving unsafe, causing a slower reaction time and impaired judgment. 

Road rage incidents in Chicago are steadily on the rise and often end in a collision. Chicago police report a rise in road rage incidents that end in a collision or physical fight. If you notice someone speeding or driving aggressively, it’s never worth starting a confrontation. Instead, you can slow down, switch lanes, and stay away from the problem driver. You may still find yourself as the target of someone’s road rage; in that case, the best thing you can do is to call 911 or drive to the nearest police department. 

Despite crews repairing potholes 7 days a week in Chicago, the amount of traffic and type of weather we experience often lead to poor road conditions. Whether it’s a driver swerving to avoid a pothole or simply driving too fast when they do hit one, poor road conditions can often lead to a collision with another vehicle or a fixed object.

One of the most common causes of car, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents in Chicago is the failure to yield. It accounts for almost half of pedestrian injuries and fatalities with thousands of citations issued in the last several years. When a driver fails to yield, it means that they ignore traffic signs and right-of-way, putting others in danger. 

Statistics show that Chicago residents are likely to be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. If you’ve experienced an injury or loss of income due to a Chicago car accident, Saperstein Law Group, P.C. is here for you. We’re a small firm with lawyers that can give you their full attention to ensure the best outcome for your case. With over 30 years of experience, our attorneys know Chicago car accident laws inside and out, and we can help you seek justice after being involved in an accident. Contact the team at Saperstein Law Group, P.C. today for a free consultation and to learn how we can help you after experiencing a car accident in the Chicago area.