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Reckless, negligent or drunk drivers can devastate people

The causes of car accidents vary greatly. Some car accidents aren't caused by the actions of either driver, but other accidents are the fault of one driver or even both. In these cases, determining what was going on just prior to the accident and when it occurred are crucial.

Some cases, such as those involving a drunk driver, are easy to determine what caused the accident but other accidents aren't so easy to determine the cause of. When the driver is drunk, was driving in a reckless manner or was driving in a negligent manner, the parties who are injured in the accident might opt to seek compensation.

Reckless driving, such as speeding or not obeying traffic signals, can easily lead to accidents. The speed limits and traffic laws are all meant to help people remain safe while they are on the roads. When these aren't followed, accidents that injure innocent people can occur. This is especially true on the busy roadways that crisscross the city.

Another issue that can lead to accidents is driving too fast or in an inappropriate manner for the current road conditions. The snowy winters in Chicago, for example, mean that you can't go speeding down the Eisenhower, the Dan Ryan or along Lake Shore Drive without putting your life or others in danger.

The people who are injured in accidents that are caused by drunk, reckless or negligent drivers have the right to seek compensation for those injuries. This involves investigating the incident to determine what happened so that you can ensure you hold the appropriate parties accountable.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Basics," accessed Dec. 09, 2016

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