Naperville Car Accident Lawyers
Being in a serious car crash is a frightening and terrible experience. Here at The Collins Law Firm, our compassionate auto accident attorneys understand the devastation that a terrible car accident can cause, and we are committed to helping you get your life back on track. When you choose us to represent you, a dedicated injury lawyer will be by your side every step of the way, fighting for you so you can focus on your recovery. You will work directly with an experienced Naperville car accident attorney who is committed to giving you the personalized service, attention to detail, and regular communication that you and your case deserve. Our car accident clients seek us out because we put their needs first and have the experience and ability to get justice for them.Types of Car Accident Injuries
Tragically, thousands of car accidents happen in Naperville every year. As a result, hundreds of people are injured, and some people die. These injuries range from minor injuries like bruising and soft tissue damage to very serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, spine injuries, and internal organ damage. In the most severe car crashes, disability, disfigurement, or even death can occur. Every year the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) prepares reports on auto accidents in Illinois, including City Summary Crash Reports for every municipality in the state. These reports contain detailed information about the different car accidents that occurred and the resulting injuries. IDOT puts car crash injuries into three categories based on severity:
- A-Injury: These injuries are the most severe. They are incapacitating injuries that prevent a person from walking, driving, or performing normal activities. They include broken bones, skull or chest injuries, severe lacerations, and abdominal injuries.
- B-Injury: An injury that is visible to others at the scene of the crash but that is not incapacitating. This includes a lump on the head, bruises, abrasions, and minor lacerations.
- C-Injury: An injury that is not immediately apparent. This could include temporary unconsciousness, claims of injuries that are not evident, limping, complaints of pain, nausea, and hysteria.
Beyond the emotional and physical impact of an auto accident, there are economic costs as well, such as lost wages and productivity, medical expenses, and auto damage, etc. The National Safety Council estimates the average of these economic costs for a fatality at $1,659,000 and a disabling accident at $92,600. At The Collins Law Firm, we fight to recover all of our client’s damages, whether they are for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, disability, disfigurement, or wrongful death.Naperville Car Crash and Injury Statistics
According to IDOT’s 2018 City Summary Crash report for Naperville:
- There were 2701 Naperville car accidents involving 5481 cars. 665 of these accidents resulted in injuries.
- A total of 915 people were injured in car crashes in Naperville and 3 people were killed. 109 of the injuries were severe, being classified by IDOT as A injuries, 327 were classified as B injuries, and 479 were C injuries.
- Surprisingly, bad weather was only to blame in 504 of the Naperville car accidents; the other 2197 accidents happened in clear weather.
- More accidents happened in daylight hours than nighttime hours, with the majority of car accidents happening between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Tuesday through Friday were the most dangerous days of the week for driving in Naperville, with 13-52% more car accidents occurring on these days compared to Saturday through Monday. Sunday was the safest day to drive in Naperville.
- Drivers aged 22-64 accounted for the highest number of accidents in Naperville. However, women and men aged 25-29 had more car accidents than any other age group in Naperville.
- Only 56 car crashes in Naperville involved alcohol and only 6 involved drugs.
- Even though car accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists were relatively rare, 19 and 15 respectively, they were more likely to result in more severe injuries: 12 pedestrians (63%) and 7 cyclists (47%) sustained A-injuries.
- Rear-end collisions These are the most common type of car accident in Naperville, accounting for 1175 car crashes in 2018. As a result, 395 people were injured, 26 with severe A-injuries, when they were hit from behind.
- Turning accidents The second most common type of car crash in Naperville are accidents involving turning. In 2018, they accounted for 552 collisions, 244 total injuries, 31 severe injuries, and 2 fatalities.
- Angle accidents These kinds of accidents, where a car strikes another vehicle at an angle, fell in third place in Naperville in 2018, accounting for 274 car crashes and 194 injuries, including 19 serious A-injuries.
- Sideswipe accidents These accidents are quite common in Naperville as well, however, they do not generally cause as many injuries. Thirty-three injuries resulted from the 253 sideswipe accidents in Naperville in 2018.
- Crashes with a Fixed Object In 2018, 186 people collided with a fixed object in Naperville, causing a total of 48 injuries, 7 severe injuries, and 1 death.
- Collisions with a Parked Car This type of accident happened 149 times in Naperville in 2018. However, these crashes only resulted in 8 injuries.
Naperville is surrounded on three sides by highways, which makes the city easily accessible, but which also adds to the number of car crashes. The major interstates near Naperville are:
- Interstate 355, the Veterans Memorial Highway, runs just east of Naperville, connecting I-55, which is south of Naperville, to I-88 just north of Naperville.
- Interstate 88, the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway, which is just north of Naperville is used by thousands of commuters heading into and out of Chicago.
- Interstate 55, the Stevenson Expressway, to the south of Naperville is also very busy with commuters.
These interstates are extremely busy and account for a number of accidents each year. However, data shows that city streets in Naperville can also be deadly. Some of the most dangerous streets in Naperville include:
- Route 59, On the city’s west side, Route 59 is lined with businesses and serves as a major north-south thoroughfare for Naperville, Aurora, Warrenville, and Plainfield which explains why it is always packed with traffic.
- Ogden Avenue, A commercial corridor on the north side, Ogden Avenue is heavily trafficked during the day.
- 75th street. This major east-west thoroughfare in Naperville sees lots of traffic all day including a heavy truck presence and traffic jams at rush hour.
The volume of traffic on these streets increases the likelihood of car accidents and helps explain why some of the intersections on these roads account for many of the city’s car crashes. If you live in Naperville it is impossible to avoid these streets and intersections, but you should drive defensively when navigating these crowded roadways. For more information on Naperville’s most dangerous intersections, click here.Our Respected Naperville Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You
If you have been injured in a car accident in Naperville, you deserve a local lawyer who is highly rated, respected, honest, and hard-working. That’s why you need to call The Collins Law Firm. Our car accident attorneys are all of the above, plus caring and compassionate with clients and tough and aggressive with the defendant’s lawyers and insurance company when necessary. Our motto “When You Need a Lawyer to Fight for You” is not just a slogan; it’s what we believe in. Call us (630) 527-1595 or fill out our contact form for a FREE consultation with a car accident lawyer today.Car Accident FAQs