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Rockford Car Accident Lawyer

Rockford car accident lawyerRosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents people injured in Rockford car accidents. Our team of Illinois motor vehicle accident attorneys appreciates how the impact an automobile accident can be devastating to the individual and his or her family.

If you are seeking a hands-on, proactive law firm to represent you in an Illinois car crash, contact us now for a free case review. Our Rockford car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures that there's never a legal fee charged unless there is a recovery for you.

Our personal injury attorneys can handle every aspect of your Northern Illinois case. Your car accident attorney will speak to the insurance company on your behalf, review your medical bills, and ensure that your legal rights are protected.

We will ensure you receive financial compensation for your Rockford area personal injury case that covers your serious injuries, emotional trauma, time away from work, pain, and suffering.

Rockford Statistics
Rockford Auto Accident Statistics

While the congested Chicago downtown area might have a high number of vehicle accidents, Rockford Illinois is not without serious traffic problems of its own. In the few days surrounding July 4, 2015, local Winnebago County law enforcement agencies including the Rockford Police Department dealt with numerous traffic issues including:

  • Fourteen speeding violations
  • One DUI
  • One aggravated fleeing in a motor vehicle to elude the police
  • Two motorists caught driving without insurance
  • Two motorists driving with revoked or suspended licenses

There have already been twelve fatalities on Winnebago County roadways within the first six months of 2015.

In 2017, there were eight fatal accidents involving fourteen vehicles in the Rockford County area. One fatality that year involved drunk driving, and three fatal accidents involved pedestrians. The number of pedestrians killed in automobile accidents that year was only half of what had been the year before.

One fatal accident occurred on the evening of October 6, 2017, at the intersection of Layton Street and Riverside Boulevard. The accident involved one vehicle. The pedestrian lost their life in the crash.

On December 19, 2017, just before dinner time, a four-vehicle accident involving eight individuals occurred at the intersection of Ethyl Avenue and 2nd St. in Rockford. The crash claimed the life of one individual.

Speeding and distracted driving are behind many serious accidents occurring in the community's intersections. Talking on cell phones, attempting to beat the light, failing to yield or not stopping when required are all significant problems for motorists, passengers, bikers, truckers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Busy junctions throughout Rockford mixed with inattentive drivers create serious hazards with the potential of deadly crashes.

Filing a Report Following a Rockford Car Accident

If you are involved in an accident with bodily injury, fatality, or property damage exceeding $500, you are required by law to file a crash report. Law enforcement will respond to the scene of the accident and conduct an investigation. However, to ensure that your rights are protected, it is often advisable to seek legal counsel from a Rockford car accident lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims.

A Rockford police officer must respond to an accident occurring on public and private property if certain circumstances exist. Some of these specific situations include:

  • The accident involves a hit-and-run driver.
  • Someone in the motor vehicle accident is suffering injuries due to the crash.
  • There is a fatality at the scene.
  • Any motorist involved in the accident was operating the vehicle under the influence.
  • Any driver involved in the accident does not have a valid driver's license.
  • Any motorist involved in the crash cannot produce proof of insurance.
  • Any vehicle involved in the collision is no longer drivable.
Where do Auto Accidents in Rockford Occur?

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has obtained data from the City of Rockford via Freedom of Information Act regarding traffic safety data in the city. According to information provided, there were the following traffic-related injuries and deaths:

2015
  • Total Number of Crashes: 3,651
  • Total Number of Injuries: 2,025
  • Total Number of Fatalities: 14
2016
  • Total Number of Crashes: 3,593
  • Total Number of Injuries: 2,257
  • Total Number of Fatalities: 16
2017
  • Total Number of Crashes: n/a
  • Total Number of Injuries: n/a
  • Total Number of Fatalities: n/a

Our FOIA request confirmed that the following intersections were the most dangers areas to drive in Rockford:

Top crash intersections for 2015:
  • Auburn St / N Main St
  • N Main St / Auburn St
  • E State St / N Perryville Rd
  • N Perryville Rd / E Riverside Blvd
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd
  • 11th St / Broadway
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd
Top crash intersections for 2016:
  • Auburn St / N Main St
  • N Main St / Auburn St
  • E State St / N Perryville Rd
  • S Alpine Rd / Harrison Ave
  • Auburn St / N Central Ave
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd
  • N Mulford Rd / Spring Creek Rd
  • N Alpine Rd / E State St
  • N Alpine Rd / Highcrest Rd
  • N 2nd St / E Jefferson St
Top crash intersections for 2017
  • N Main St / Auburn St
  • Auburn St / N Main St
  • N Mulford Rd / Spring Creek Rd
  • Spring Creek Rd / N Mulford Rd
  • E State Rd / N Perryville Rd
  • E State Rd / Welty Ave
  • N Mulford Rd / Guilford Rd
  • N Perryville Rd / Argus Dr
  • Auburn St / N Central Ave
  • Harrison Ave / S Alpine Rd

Some Rockford area car accidents at these intersections involved rear-end collisions, whiplash, and broken bones.

Steps to Take Following a Rockford Car Accident

If you are involved in a traffic accident in the United States, you must call law enforcement officers to report it. If the crash is minor and did not cause injuries, extensive property damage, or death, the Rockford Police Department will likely not send an officer to the scene. However, reporting the crash is easily accomplished through the Emergency Traffic Accident Reporting Program.

The program provides a simple solution for exchanging valuable vehicle and personal information, including the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, vehicle insurance policy numbers, and the license plate number, make, and model of the vehicle.

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Nearly every individual who is hurt in a vehicle accident suffers severe injuries caused by an impact when parts of the car slammed into an object or another vehicle during the collision. Other times, the injury is the result of being struck by unsecured cargo or objects that become airborne during the crash. Common accident injuries often involve cuts and tears to the skin caused by torn metal and broken glass.

In rollover accidents, the occupants of the vehicle can be tossed around or ejected even when wearing a seatbelt. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) claims that a head-on (frontal) crash usually causes the most significant injuries to the victim's head, chest, neck, feet, legs of the driver and any front-seat passenger. However, side impacts can also cause significant injuries to the victim, especially to their pelvis, head, abdomen, legs, and chest.

The most frequent kinds of car accident-related injuries involve:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs),
  • Head trauma including injuries to the eyes, ears, teeth, jaw, face or ears,
  • Injuries including crushing blows to the trachea or larynx,
  • Chest injuries that include a broken breastbone (sternum) and ribs,
  • A ruptured diaphragm where the muscles required for breathing tear away from the rib cage,
  • Abdominal pelvis injuries including hip fractures and organ damage to the kidneys, spleen, and liver,
  • Knee and leg injuries including fractures, bruises (contusions) and a meniscus tear (torn cartilage) in the knee,
  • Foot injuries including broken bones, sprains or strain muscles in the toes, feet, and ankles,
  • Severed limbs, toes, and feet that are injured during severe motorcycle accidents.
Hiring a Rockford Auto Accident Attorney

If the car accident was not your fault, seeking legal representation can help. Skilled Rockford car accident attorneys can evaluate your case and provide advice on all available legal options. Your injuries, damages, and losses likely entitle you to recover compensation from every person at fault in the accident.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a personal injury law firm with years of experience in handling vehicle accidents in Rockford, Illinois.

Our team of Rockford car injury attorneys can help you seek justice and hold those at fault accountable for their reckless and careless actions. Submit your contact information to our car accident claim law offices now at (888) 424-5757. We represent clients throughout northern Illinois, including in Rockford and surrounding areas.

We offer an initial free consultation to discuss your case. We do not take any upfront fees because our law firm accepts personal injury cases on contingency. All of our legal fees are paid after we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win your trial award. We assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical expenses, treatments, surgeries, and procedures. We also seek recovery for your property damages, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain, and suffering. Contact us today!

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