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Rear-end motor vehicle accidents leave victims helpless

One of the most terrifying and deadly types of accidents is the rear-end collision. An Illinois driver may be sitting still in traffic, see a vehicle coming too quickly behind and have that helpless feeling just before impact. Often there is nowhere to go and nothing the driver can do to avoid being hit. Many times, these motor vehicle accidents involve multiple vehicles when the impact of the first car sends the second car into a third.

Recently, a rear-end collision resulted in devastating injuries to an unsuspecting young driver. A 16-year-old had stopped his pickup truck to make a left turn across a rural road when another vehicle, driven by a 20-year-old, failed to stop behind him. The impact of the collision sent the pickup truck into the opposite lane where it collided head-on with a third vehicle.

The driver of the first vehicle was hospitalized, and police have cited her with failing to reduce her speed to avoid an accident. The pickup driver refused medical treatment. However, the 15-year-old driving the third vehicle suffered serious injuries. She was taken to an Illinois hospital by helicopter.

Parent are naturally nervous when their young drivers get behind the wheel. There is no telling the grief and anxiety that families feel following motor vehicle accidents such as this one. Many rear-end collisions are the result of texting or other distractions, and these acts of negligence can have catastrophic consequences for those who share the road. It is not unusual for Illinois families in these circumstances to investigate the option of pursuing compensation through the civil courts.

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