A whole host of factors can contribute to accidents on the highway, especially fatal ones, so drivers in Illinois and across the U.S. should know what they are. That way, they can exercise greater caution while understanding that some situations cannot be avoided. For example, some geographic features make it impossible for roads to be built without a few hiccups in the design, such as blind intersections, tight curves, and narrow shoulders.
Road conditions can also become compromised through rainy or snowy weather, causing many drivers to veer out of control. In such weather, visibility is also reduced. However, the majority of fatal accidents on the highways are due to some amount of human negligence.
Impaired driving, especially driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, is a major cause of highway fatalities. Even a moderate amount of alcohol can impair judgment, reflex actions, and vision. Certain medications can also impair drivers.
Distractions both inside vehicles and outside contribute to many crashes, too. Drivers who take their eyes off the road to check a text or a dashboard signal increase the risk of an accident. Road rage will also cause drivers to make unsafe decisions.
Many truck accidents end in fatalities: Usually the occupants of other vehicles. However, the family of the decedent in a truck accident may be reimbursed for loss of support, pre-death medical bills, and funeral and burial expenses if it can be proven that the trucker’s negligence caused the crash. Consulting an experienced lawyer may be helpful at this stage. Accident attorneys can assess the claim, making sure the decedent did not contribute to the crash and then hire investigators to build up the case. The family may leave all negotiations to the attorney and consider litigation if negotiations fall through.