When a moving vehicle hits a non-moving vehicle, the results can be deadly. Stationary Chicago car accidents are more common than you may think.
Most car accidents occur between two vehicles. Statistics show that even single vehicle accidents are more common compared to stationary car accidents, but this does not mean that just because the vehicle is not moving, it cannot cause injuries. A stationary vehicle accident occurs when a car that is parked is hit by a moving vehicle.
Every year, thousands of individuals suffer injuries in stationary auto accidents because of:
Rear Ended Car Accident: A vehicle can be easily rear ended when it is parked. Rear end accidents that involve stationary vehicles are more common in parking lots and residential streets. It may happen because a distracted driver may fail to notice a parked car, and may crash into it. There are cases in which a distracted driver has gotten confused between the brake pedal and gas pedal and rammed into a car in the front rather than stopping. Such accidents can lead to soft tissue injuries such as whiplash, spinal cord injuries and head injuries. If the individual is not wearing a seat belt at the time of a rear end collision, the injuries could be worse.
Defective Car Parts or Mechanical Malfunctions: It is possible for the car systems to overheat or malfunction in some way. This means, if a person is sitting in a parked car when it malfunctions, they could be seriously injured. If you have been injured because of a mechanical problems, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer or third party responsible for the maintenance. The victim may be able to bring a lawsuit against the responsible party and claim financial compensation for the losses.
Pulling Off of a Highway or Busy Road: Many people are injured and killed because they are struck by a moving vehicle while they are pulled off to the side of the road. When a person pulls over because their car breaks down or because they are pulled over by a police officer, they are often in danger of getting hit by cars that are moving past. This can be a deadly situation because in most of these situations the cars that are passing the stationary car, are traveling at high speeds.
Chicago Auto Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, contact the Willens Law Offices. We know that an injury case has the potential to take over a person’s life, making it difficult to move forward. Our top-notch team of attorneys and staff want to help people take control of their situation so they can focus on what matters most — getting back on track. People turn to us for the dedicated, caring help they require, regardless of the type of accident they were in or the type of injury sustained.