Tinley Park Personal Injury Lawyer
Car accidents can be life-changing events. After a collision, you could be faced with a long recovery, crippling medical expenses, inability to work, and a totaled car. Getting compensation in settlements for these damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company isn’t always easy. That’s why the Tinley Park car accident lawyers of Staver Law Group are here to help.
From negotiating with insurance claims adjusters to taking your case to trial, we won’t stop fighting until you get the compensation you deserve. We’ll work closely with you at every step of the process to formulate a case strategy that fits your needs. And whenever you might have a question, the Tinley Park personal injury lawyer who is working on your case can answer your questions and bring you up to speed on your case.
Tinley Park is located in Will and Cook Counties, and it is one of the fastest growing suburbs in the United States. While Cook County has the highest accident rate in Illinois, Tinley Park is a relatively safe place to drive. In 2013, there were 1,233 accidents, which resulted in one death and 445 injured. Most accidents occurred in broad daylight and in dry conditions at dangerous intersections when a driver failed to avoid a turning or stopped vehicle.
The municipality of Tinley Park uses red light cameras to improve the safety of three intersections:
- Harlem Avenue and 159th Street
- Harlem Avenue and 171st Street
- Harlem Avenue and 183rd Street
These cameras capture high-resolution, digital color images of cars that go through red lights at a speed greater than 6 miles per hour. The police also receive a close-up image of the offending vehicle’s license plate along with time, date, and location information.
Tinley Park Car Acccidents
According to Tinley Park officials, these cameras have reduced the number of t-bone collisions at intersections because drivers no longer attempt to “beat” red lights. On the other hand, the cameras do little in preventing rear-end collisions, which are a major cause of accidents at intersections. In fact, officials have observed some instances of rear-end collisions that occurred when drivers slammed on their breaks for fear of getting caught by the traffic cameras.
Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australia-based contractor that has been running Tinley Park’s traffic cameras, is slated to be replaced by SafeSpeed, a Chicago company. While Tinley Park officials cite SafeSpeed’s more “holistic” approach to using traffic cameras, it’s likely that Redflex Traffic Systems is being replaced over a recent bribery scandal involving Chicago city officials. SafeSpeed is already conducting studies of additional intersections that might need traffic cameras.
In any event, every driver can actively contribute towards making the roads safer by driving cautiously and defensively. You should never assume that other cars see you or anticipate your next move. Drive slowly enough so that you can stop or make a controlled turn to avoid collisions. Finally, never turn your wheel while waiting to make a left turn, because if another car hits you from behind you will be pushed right into oncoming traffic.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, and think that another driver was at fault, you can talk to a Tinley Park car accident lawyer for free by calling Staver Law Group today at . If you decide to hire us after your free consultation, you won’t have to pay us until we settle or win your case.