Roscoe, Illinois makes up one of the three cities making up the north central quadrant of Winnebago County, with a combined population of around 25,000 people collectively. While portions of these municipalities do cover major thoroughfares such as I-90, 251, and Illinois Route 2/IL Route 75 segments of this area of Winnebago County. While Roscoe is one of the safest areas in our county, they still have unsafe motorists. A recent traffic enforcement campaign by the Roscoe City Police Department found citations issued to 10 motorists after 33 stops based on not wearing a seatbelt.
In a car crash — while infrequent in the Roscoe area — they do happen. With roughly 1-2 fatal crashes occurring within the city limits of Roscoe every year a seat belt is the bare minimum of ensuring a better outcome if someone were to be involved in a car crash.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts states that 47% of people involved in fatal car accidents were unbuckled. While not commonplace, there are generally 1-2 fatal car accidents in the Roscoe area or it’s vicinity every year according to http://www.city-data.com/accidents/acc-Roscoe-Illinois.html that has compiled statistics going back to 2005.
One of the other issues we deal with a lot in this area is that there are still agricultural vehicles used on public roadways in the more rural and less congested portions of our county. Generally if someone is operating an industrial, farm, or commercial vehicle in Roscoe, Illinois and they are hurt by a defendant we can file a claim against that individual’s auto insurance.
However given the value of farming, industrial, and commercial vehicles it’s not uncommon to have special provisions that cover personal injuries to an operator IF they are hurt, plus cover property damage to the special vehicle or implement since repairs can be significant if involved in a car crash. Likewise on the other side of the equation is if someone is driving a passenger vehicle and they are struck by someone operating farm equipment, or a commercial or industrial vehicle, they can file a claim directly with the insurance company covering said equipment. While the policy likely covers an amount up to and exceeding what could be considered “catastrophic” it gives piece of mind to someone that would be unfortunate enough to be injured by such equipment that they will be able to have all of their medical care provided for.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in the Roscoe area, here are some of the immediate steps you should take if you’ve been hurt or injured generally to protect your rights:
If you or a loved one were injured in a car crash in Roscoe, you can generally obtain a copy of any crash report about your case by contacting any of the below listed law enforcement agencies. This will display the contact and insurance information of the parties involved in your case and will make our job much easier if you are able to obtain this prior to calling us. Likewise if your accident is so recent that a crash report has not been created yet, we can always gather this information at a later date through a Lexis Nexis system that our office has access to. In the event you are able to contact the appropriate agency for a report here are the common responding agencies in Roscoe.
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
The qualified personal injury law firm of Marriett and Murati can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
For an honest, free, and compassionate consultation about your Roscoe, Illinois personal injury case, feel free to call or text message us confidentially at 815-315-4967 or contact us here. Remember our service is absolutely no cost to you unless we earn a recovery on your behalf. Let the trusted pro’s at The Personal Injury Lawyers: Marriett & Murati help you or your loved one navigate the legal side of your case and fight for your financial recovery, while you focus on your physical recovery.