Accidents Caused by Stop Sign Violations

Chicago Lawyers Helping Motor Vehicle Collision Victims Pursuing Damages

The motor vehicle collision attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck represent injured people throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas as they pursue their right to compensation from a careless driver. Accidents caused by stop sign violations can cause serious harm, and drivers who fail to properly abide by vehicle laws should be held accountable for their conduct. At our firm, we diligently represent victims and their families as we investigate and pursue full compensation for people hurt by the negligence of another driver. Our Chicago car accident attorneys provide personal service and compassionate, effective representation.

Common Types of Accidents Caused by Stop Sign Violations

While accidents caused by stop sign violations are among the more common kinds of motor vehicle accidents, they nevertheless can cause catastrophic harm to people involved in a crash. Victims of accidents caused by stop sign violations may include other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians walking inside a marked crosswalk. These victims are entitled to assert their right to compensation from the at-fault party by filing a personal injury claim.

Stop sign violations may occur at four-way stops or other intersections, including two-way stops, and they are most often caused by driver error. Following a crash, victims can bring a lawsuit against the other driver for compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are awarded for the losses and injuries suffered by an accident victim.

The first step in pursuing compensation from a driver who has caused an accident by violating a stop sign is to prove negligence. Negligence is the legal term for a failure to use the proper care, and it can be proven through evidence that the driver failed to act as a reasonably prudent driver would have acted under similar circumstances. The plaintiff would set forth evidence that the other driver, the defendant, was negligent and that this negligent conduct directly caused the crash and their harm.

Drivers who fail to signal when appropriate at a stop sign or fail to properly stop will be deemed negligent. Committing a traffic violation at a stop sign is likely unreasonable conduct. When this driving behavior proximately causes injuries to someone else and results in damages, the driver may be held legally responsible.

In certain situations, accidents caused by stop sign violations result in rear-end collisions. A vehicle may be struck from behind by another driver who fails to properly stop. Side-impact crashes occur when a vehicle turns, and another car strikes the side of their car. Not only do drivers who fail to abide by stop signs pose a threat to other drivers and passengers, but also they can seriously injure pedestrians and bicyclists. Holding careless drivers accountable is important in order to prevent future harm.

After showing legal fault, the types of damages that may be available to plaintiffs include costs related to the accident, ranging from medical bills to the emotional pain and suffering endured by the victim. Physical therapy and in-home services are potential damages that may be recovered, and it is important to keep all accident-related receipts. When a victim suffers debilitating injuries, compensation for loss of enjoyment of life may also be recovered, as may missed wages from work due to an inability to work.

Contact a Dedicated Chicago Lawyer to Aggressively Assert Your Rights

Stop signs serve the purpose of preventing known dangers at intersections. When drivers violate a stop sign, they put others at risk of serious harm. At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, we are dedicated to helping victims and their families who are facing the unfortunate consequences of a car accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver. Our motor vehicle collision lawyers help people throughout the state, including residents of Champaign, Aurora, Rockford, Springfield, Quincy, and other communities in Cook, Kane, Winnebago, and Adams Counties. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a collision involving a negligent driver’s stop sign violation, contact our Chicago office online or at (800) 444-1525. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation with a car crash lawyer and are prepared to discuss the details of your case.