Illinois’s roads carry heavier and more powerful vehicles and the average age of divers continues to increase. On top of that, those behind the wheel have more distractions than ever today. These factors all contribute to more serious vehicle crashes and more serious injuries resulting from those mishaps.
Auto claims trends cite various trends
Claim counts have continued to increase since 2020, with drivers speeding more and engaging in riskier behaviors than in previous years. Overall claim counts for motor vehicle accidents have also increased due to recent differences in traffic patterns and the evolution in automotive technology. The aging driving population plays a part, too. Although older drivers have fewer accidents, they also tend to have more serious injuries when mishaps occur.
Trucks and sports utility vehicles also play a significant role in more severe accidents. The average SUV weight increased by 7% from 1990 to 2021, while the average truck weight increased by 32% during the same period. Heavier vehicles lead to more substantial claims, especially when trucks are involved. This statistic may continue to grow with the increasing presence of hybrid and electric cars. These vehicles are also heavier due to the presence of batteries needed to run them.
Dealing With the Aftermath of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Whether the cause is distracted driving, alcohol or substances or other unsafe driving circumstances that lead to negligence that can cause significant personal injuries, you may deserve compensation for your pain and suffering. With vehicles becoming larger and heavier, you have an increased chance of suffering injuries that can result in prolonged medical attention and physical therapy. Such injuries can also result in extensive medical bills that may be difficult to pay.
Suppose you or a family member have been seriously injured in a severe motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of other drivers. In that case, you may be able to file a claim seeking compensation for injuries along with pain and suffering. Plaintiffs who have successful lawsuits can use the money for living expenses, doctor appointment and other expenses associated with the mishap.