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How can an Illinois driver recoup from a car crash?

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

Typically, the morning rush hour means that thousands of workers all over Champaign are in autopilot, listening to the radio and drinking their coffee on the way into work. A commuter can be completely blindsided when they become the victim of an accident. Everything can change in just the blink of an eye.

Where an individual may have been running through their meetings and to-do list for the day, they could suddenly find themselves having to pay astronomical medical bills for serious injuries sustained on impact as they work to regain their physical health. It can be an extremely trying time without the stress of trying to figure out how to pay for the mounting bills. So who should pay for those medical bills?

Well, the answer is that liable parties can in some instances be held financially responsible. Obviously, if there is a driver that is clearly at-fault because they were engaging in negligent behavior that related to the crash, they can be held liable if the victim files a personal injury claim.

However, car manufacturers can also be considered liable if they build a car that is faulty or dangerous. There are about 200 million cars on the roadways across the nation so that means there are 200 million opportunities for something to go wrong with a vehicle and results in a serious collision in Illinois or elsewhere.

To combat this, many try to buy car models with top safety ratings. However, these ratings can be confusing because a recent study indicated that the crash tests dummies used in such testing may not be that reliable or capable of accurately reflecting the injuries sustained to real drivers in Illinois and elsewhere in the nation.

To try to alleviate situations like this, researchers are looking to develop a more correctly reflective model that will allow them to ditch the dummies to test motor vehicle safety.

Source: Claims Journal, “Outdated Crash Test Dummies Blamed for Continued Auto Fatalities,” Denise Johnson, Dec. 18, 2012

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