6 Types of Illinois Motor Vehicle Accidents That Can Result in Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Every time that you get on the road you take a risk. You take the risk that someone else's negligent, distracted or unsafe behavior is going to cause an accident and cause you to suffer a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.

While a serious Cook County car accident can happen at any time, there are certain types of crashes that are more likely than others to cause spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

6 of the most common types of serious Illinois motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Rear End Accidents: Rear end crashes are the most common type of accident in the United States, accounting for about 30% of all accidents.*
  • Head on Collisions: While head on collisions are not as frequent as rear end accidents, the impact of a head on collision can be devastating and the head and back injuries suffered can be significant or fatal.
  • T Bone Accidents: A T bone crash occurs when one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle. It often results in a direct impact and a head or spinal cord injury for the person in the vehicle that is hit.
  • Failure to Stop Wrecks: A bus, truck, car, or motorcycle that fails to stop at a red light or stop sign can cause any of the above tops of accidents and the force of such accidents often result in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
  • Distracted Driving Accidents: Illinois texting while driving accidents, cell phone crashes and other types of distracted driving accidents are quickly becoming one of the greatest dangers on our state's roadways.
  • Drunk Driving Accidents: Drunk driving often results in horrific crashes because of the recklessness of the drunk driver and that driver's reduced capability to avoid a crash.

Since these common accidents often result in traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, it is important to understand how these injuries happen and to recognize the symptoms of the injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can occur when the head hits a hard object in the car or when the collision causes the brain to forcefully hit the skull. Spinal cord injuries can occur when the spinal cord is hurt in a roll over, a roof collapse or a seatbelt failure. If you experience symptoms of traumatic brain injury such as loss of consciousness, cognitive problems or head pain or symptoms of a spinal cord injury, such as loss of movement, loss of feeling or difficulty controlling movements or bodily functions then you should seek immediate medical attention.

Knowing What to Do After a Cook County crash Can Improve Your Chances of Recovery

If you've been seriously injured in Cook County, the Greater Chicago area, or anywhere else in Illinois then you need a lawyer who will give your case the individual attention that it deserves and who will fight hard for your just recovery. Contact The Cullotta Law Offices today at 847-651-7191 or via our online contact form and learn how our firm may be able to help you.

*Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts 2008

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