Illinois has one of the largest populations in the country; therefore, within driving distance of Rockford, we also have more construction zone accidents than many other locations because of the density of motor vehicle traffic. Whether you are reading this in the summer or winter, Illinois construction season is endless.
You never know why you might need a construction site accident attorney in Rockford. From roads being repaved, to potholes being filled in, roadway maintenance is always being performed. Of course, we have impatient drivers who will weave through construction zones, disregard coned-off areas, and generally behave badly while in traffic, but it’s not always the fault of these individuals when an accident occurs in a construction zone. Some of our construction zones are poorly lit, especially on the interstate, where a low concrete barricade may separate oncoming traffic with only a shifting pathway through the concrete that can be difficult to navigate in low-light situations. We have seen accidents occur from the negligence of road crews. For example, they might open up traffic to a previously blocked roadway without ensuring that traffic lights or stop signs are in place to handle traffic when vehicles reach a newly constructed intersection. If you’re in a car accident because of this, you need help from an experienced construction site accident lawyer to see you through the complicated process.
Likewise, we have also seen accidents in which a piece of equipment may fall onto a roadway and cause someone to veer off the road to avoid hitting equipment, or a construction crew member who stepped out into traffic and caused a vehicle to make an emergency lane change that caused an accident.
Additionally, the vehicles and equipment used during road construction are not only big and heavy, but they are also typically dated; they do not have cutting edge location monitoring systems (e.g., back-up cameras), or the greatest viewing area from side mirrors. As a result, when trucks leave and enter a roadway, they frequently do so at a high rate of speed, and should they not see a commuter vehicle in the way, an accident can easily occur. Should an accident occur with such large equipment, it’s probable that the injuries could not only be significant but possibly fatal. A rock truck hauling material for a road may weigh 10 times more than a passenger vehicle on the road. Regardless of what safety features we may have in our passenger vehicles now, an accident with a much larger vehicle in or near a construction site in Rockford, IL or Winnebago County would likely sustain significantly greater damage than with a vehicle of roughly the same size.
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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