The failure to use turn signals is one of the primary culprits for auto accidents. In fact, a recent study showed that nearly 2 million accidents a year are caused by drivers’ failure to use a turn signal – more than twice as many accidents are caused by drivers who fail to use their turn signal than distracted driving.
When drivers neglect to use their turn signals when they make a turn or change lanes, rear-end accidents can occur. Although, under Illinois law, there is a presumption that the motorist rear-ending the other vehicle is at fault, the presumption can be rebutted by the rear-ending motorist in cases where the other driver caused a driving hazard that could not be avoided. For instance, if the rear-ending motorist is able to show that the other driver failed to use his or her turn signal, thereby creating an unavoidable driving hazard, the presumption may be rebutted.
Rear-end auto accidents are one of the most common types of traffic collisions. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 25,622 people were injured in rear-end collisions in 2009 alone. Rear-end auto accidents can result in whiplash, head injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, fractured bones, and knee injuries.
The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on representing the victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including rear-end car accidents. Because of our extensive experience handling all types of auto accidents, we are able to evaluate the facts surrounding the rear-end traffic collision in order to assess liability and determine the appropriate legal theories.
Rear-end accidents, including those occurring as a result of the failure to properly use a turn signal, can involve complex issues of comparative negligence and contributory negligence come into play. The knowledgeable Chicago rear-end auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Office can explain the concepts of negligence to you and apply these theories to your rear-end auto accident in order to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
If you have been involved in a rear-end auto collision, contact the Chicago auto accident attorneys at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible personal injury claim.