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Avoiding Car Crashes on Thanksgiving 

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waukegan car crash lawyerThe National Safety Council (NSC) reports that more than 500 people could die on American roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period because of the increased number of travelors on the road and the frequency of alcohol consumption at most family gatherings. Approximately 29 percent of motor vehicle accident fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver during Thanksgiving. Insurance research and analysis website ValuePenguin states that Texas is the 17th most dangerous state for people to drive in during Thanksgiving with a holiday motor vehicle fatality rate of 1.58 per 100,000 residents.

Being involved in a crash can lead to painful injuries and heavy financial burdens, including medical expenses and vehicle repair costs. Any person dealing with injuries after a car accident this November should quickly seek the help of a Waukegan car accident attorney.

As people all over Illinois prepare to hit the road for the holidays, now is as good a time as any to review some common safe driving tips for throughout the holiday season. Many car accidents stem from people becoming distracted while trying to do other things behind the wheel, so try to stay focused on what your primary task is while you are driving.

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IL accident lawyerMany people prefer to avoid contact with the police where possible. This is quite understandable. After being involved in a car accident, quite a few people will be hesitant to contact the police and wait for them to arrive at the scene or to meet them at the emergency room. However, after most car accidents that take place in Illinois, there is a legal requirement that you must report the accident to the police. While you may be apprehensive about doing so, filing a police report can protect you legally and help your case when the time comes to file a claim against the at-fault driver. Police officers are generally considered to be neutral and trustworthy witnesses and skilled investigators in court. Having an officer available to support your assertion that the other driver is responsible for the accident can be invaluable in car accident litigation should settlement negotiations fail. It is also essential to be represented by a skilled attorney during the process of pursuing car accident compensation.

Illinois State Law and Reporting a Traffic Accident

Illinois has fairly strict accident reporting requirements. You are required to report your car accident if it involved property damage exceeding $1,500, bodily injury to any person, or a fatality. If any involved party was uninsured, the accident must be reported if more than $500 in property damage occurred. Most accidents will meet one of these requirements.

If you are unsure as to whether your accident qualifies for mandatory reporting, it is best to err on the side of caution and call the police. It may not always be apparent whether a person has been injured, as some common car accident injuries related to whiplash may not manifest until several days after the accident.

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IL accident lawyerCar accidents have the potential to alter the way a person lives for the rest of their life. Not all injuries will heal, even with extensive treatment. Some injuries will cause long-lasting or permanent harm. Many people who have suffered a severe injury in a car accident have serious concerns about whether they will be able to return to work, and if not, how they will support themselves or their families. If you have suffered a permanent or chronic injury as a result of a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation that could cover your lost future income. Claiming these types of damages can be difficult, as the other party will likely resist paying this type of award, which could be of significant financial value. If you have been forced to change careers or stop working due to car accident injuries, you will likely need to work with an attorney to recover the amount of compensation you need to make up for your lost ability to work.

Compensation for Lost Future Income

If you are not yet certain whether your injuries will heal and allow you to return to the workplace, you may be experiencing a high level of stress at the uncertainty. You should know that you may be able to recover compensation for the full amount of income you have lost already and will lose in the future. There are generally two types of claims pertaining to lost future income - those where the plaintiff is still able to work, but must accept a lower-paid line of work, and those where the plaintiff is totally disabled and unlikely to be able to work again in their lifetime.

If you are totally disabled and unable to work in any capacity, then you may be entitled to compensation for the total amount you would have earned throughout the duration of your career had the accident not occurred. Your attorney will need to show evidence demonstrating that you can no longer work in any capacity. The types of proof needed will vary depending on your current career path and other factors.

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Pursuing Compensation for a Road Rage Accident

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IL accident lawyerRoad rage incidents have been increasing nationwide. The reasons for this are multi-faceted and complex - there is no one single identifiable cause for this increase. Some people became quite used to empty roads during lockdowns. During a time of economic stress, people tend to work longer hours and become less patient on their commutes. Even higher degrees of political conflict can have an effect on how drivers interact with one another on the roads. With road rage incidents becoming ubiquitous, so are car accidents that stem from them. Lawyers are seeing an increase in clients who were injured by another driver who was clearly infuriated, whether with them personally or with traffic in general. If you were injured by a driver with road rage, you may be entitled to compensation. In some cases, injuries inflicted by road rage drivers who were more than careless in causing the accident can lead to higher awards or settlements. An attorney can assess your case and guide you through the process of filing a claim.

Types of Accidents Commonly Caused by Road Rage Drivers

Road rage accidents can be particularly serious. Drivers may not put significant effort into avoiding a collision when they have become enraged. Common types of accidents caused by road rage drivers include:

  • Sideswipe - Sideswipe collisions are very common during road rage incidents. Merging is a common trigger for drivers prone to road rage, especially when the process does not happen smoothly. One enraged driver may refuse to yield to another driver when they should, causing them to sideswipe the vehicle they are having an often one-sided dispute with.
  • Near-miss accidents - It is a common move for furious drivers attempting a show of power to simply refuse to allow another driver into their lane. This is especially dangerous on the highway when drivers entering the highway must get up to speed and merge relatively quickly. When a road rage driver will not permit another to merge, a common result is for the victim to “run out of road” and be forced onto the sides of the roads, sometimes leading them into an accident.
  • Hit-and-run - Road rage drivers rarely stop and wait for the police when they strike another driver without disabling their own vehicle. Hit-and-run drivers can often be identified later through the use of camera footage or police investigation.

Road rage incidents can be terrifying for the victim. If you have been injured in an accident brought on by road rage, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

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Compensable Damages in a Car Accident Case

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Waukegan personal injury lawyerThe financial costs and losses associated with a motor vehicle accident can be burdensome. In addition to the initial medical costs, there may be future costs associated with ongoing care. Many car accident victims are not yet healed - to the extent that they will heal - at the time their claim is settled, and yet, future expenses must be accounted for. For those whose income is needed to support themselves and their families, lost wages may be a major source of concern. Both future healthcare costs and lost wages may be compensable damages after a car accident claim. After a car accident, the not-at-fault party or parties may be able to recover a variety of types of compensation. The goal of pursuing compensation after a car accident is to place you roughly in the position you would have been in had the accident not occurred. It is critical to have the guidance of an attorney throughout the claims process. 

Damages Potentially Available After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Calculating the amount of damages to include in a demand can be a complex endeavour. Certain types of damages are not readily quantifiable, but plainly exist. Potentially compensable damages may include: 

  • Future healthcare costs - If your injuries have created a need for ongoing healthcare, such as further physical therapy sessions, home health aids, or planned surgeries, these costs can be accounted for in a demand for compensation. 

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