If you or a loved one has been involved in a Rockford-area motor vehicle accident in which someone ran a light at an intersection, thus causing the accident, or if they were going too fast to slow down in hazardous weather, we can help. Under Illinois law, found at 625 ILCS 5/11-305, the statute commands that people faced with a traffic control light must obey this light before entering an intersection. Failure to do so can result in a variety of accidents. This can include “side-swipe” or “T-bone” accidents, as well as head-on collisions if someone enters an intersection to turn into and against oncoming traffic. These accidents can result in significant injuries and possibly become fatal incidents due to the high rates of speed at which vehicles may be traveling prior to a collision.
Additionally, 625 ILCS 5/11-601a states that vehicles must be operated at no greater speed than that which is reasonable under the road conditions at the time. So, for example, if someone is traveling on a snowy roadway and they are going the speed limit, if they are going too fast to slow down at a red light and end up entering the intersection and colliding with another vehicle, the fact that they were driving at the speed limit is not necessarily a defense to their liability in causing the auto accident.
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a Rockford-area motor vehicle accident in which someone ran a light at an intersection, thus causing the accident, or if they were going too fast to slow down in hazardous weather, we can help. For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your farm or agricultural equipment injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.