Illinois regulates how and when someone may back out into common roadway traffic under 625 ILCS 5/11-1402. If someone backs out into oncoming traffic without looking in each direction, and subsequently causes an accident, that person can be held liable for any damages that are sustained by the occupants of the other involved vehicle.
In certain cases, these accidents can cause simple soft tissue-based issues such as whiplash, head and neck trauma, and shoulder injuries relating to safety restraint devices being utilized in the crash causing pain or discomfort from being used. In more severe cases, great bodily harm, broken bones, or even fatal accidents can occur. We have primary roadways in the Rockford area that have residential areas right next to 45mph and 55mph speed zones (e.g., along East State Street, Perryville Road, U.S. 20, Mulford Road, and various other portions of town where someone backing into traffic could result in a collision at a high rate of speed).
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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For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your improper backing car accident 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.