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Most Common Causes For Pedestrian Accidents

 Posted on January 07, 2024 in Pedestrian Accidents

IL injury lawyerPedestrian accidents can occur at any time, anywhere. Some accidents occur more often than others and, as a pedestrian, you should understand what to look out for to prevent an accident from happening to you. You should also know exactly what your legal rights are in the event that you do suffer an accident. Who better to explain the legalities than a personal injury attorney?

Pedestrian Accident Causes

Some events can transpire that put both a pedestrian and a driver in the wrong when it comes to negligence that results in an accident. It is important to be able to identify why pedestrian accidents occur so those liable can be held responsible in compensation claims cases.

The following are common causes of pedestrian accidents that can happen to anyone:

Pedestrian Accidents in Parking Lots

 Posted on December 27, 2023 in Pedestrian Accidents

IL injury lawyerWhen you think of parking lot accidents, you probably picture two vehicles in an accident. However, it is reported that one in five accidents takes place in a parking lot, killing 500 or more pedestrians each year and injuring over 60,000 people.

In running last-minute errands, motor vehicle drivers may not be paying full attention to their surroundings. One study found that 9% of pedestrian fatalities are the result of backing up vehicles. Driver inattention combined with a large number of pedestrians and no designated place for people to walk accounts for a substantial number of accidents.

If you have been the victim of a parking lot accident, you need the Waukegan pedestrian accident attorneys at Salvi & Maher, LLP to advocate on your behalf.

Why are There So Many Pedestrian Accidents in Parking Lots?

Most motorists do not take the same care in a parking lot as they would on the road. The most common reasons for pedestrian accidents are:

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Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

 Posted on December 26, 2023 in Accident Liability

IL injury lawyerWith limited protection, motorcyclist injuries are far too common. A reported 82,686 motorcyclists sustained injuries in collisions in a recent year. A motorcyclist who has to swerve to avoid a collision runs the risk of losing control.

Riders do not realize the risk of mounting their bike. Our Waukegan motorcycle accident attorneys want to keep you informed, so we have listed the most common motorcycle accident injuries that our firm sees

Traumatic Brain Injuries

The sudden force of impact in a motorcycle crash can result in a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Unfortunately, motorcyclists face a significantly higher risk of having a TBI than drivers. A TBI disrupts normal brain activity.

A TBI may be a closed or open brain injury. In a closed brain injury, a violent blow to the head results in the brain moving rapidly back and forth within the skull, causing brain tissue to get damaged. In an open brain injury, brain tissue is damaged when an object penetrates the skull

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The Holidays Can Be Disrupted by a Drunk Driver

 Posted on December 23, 2023 in Drunk Driving Accidents

IL injury lawyerDuring the holidays, many people like to enjoy a drink with friends and family. Giving us a chance to unwind, we may not think too much about having a beer or two before getting in our cars to drive home.

Many people do not realize what effect a few drinks may have on our motor and neurological capabilities. In fact, a 140-pound man who has just three drinks in a one-hour period may be at the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 percent.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, our Waukegan drunk driving accident attorneys are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Holiday DUI Statistics

It is easy for people to lose count of how many alcoholic beverages they have consumed, resulting in devastating consequences for themselves and others.

The statistics are startling:

Causes of Fatal Truck Crashes

 Posted on December 16, 2023 in Truck Accidents

Blog ImageIt takes the driver of a large truck the length of two football fields, or about 525 feet, to bring a fully loaded tractor-trailer to a complete stop. If the road is wet or if there is inclement weather, it will take a truck driver longer to stop.

This is just one example of what may cause a fatal truck crash. With brick-and-mortar stores becoming scarcer, interstate commerce is increasing. With an increase in commerce comes a surge in shipping goods long distances and, expectedly, more tractor-trailer trucks on the roads.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck crash, our Waukegan fatal truck accident lawyers are available to provide you with the support you need.

Common Causes of Truck Accident Fatalities

In 2021, there were 4,714 fatalities due to large truck crashes, with 68 percent of those killed being passenger vehicle occupants.

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Dooring Bicycle Accidents and Pursuing Legal Action

 Posted on December 11, 2023 in Bicycle Accidents

IL injury lawyerBicyclists face a host of dangers when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Some of these dangers include distracted drivers, adverse road conditions, and vehicles passing too closely. Such threats are enough to make a pedalcyclist never want to mount their bike again.

In a recent year, the United States was home to 966 bicyclist deaths, with 41,615 cyclists suffering injuries. Presently, a growing issue is dooring accidents. A dooring accident takes place when a parked motorist opens his or her vehicle door directly in the pathway of a bicyclist. 

If you have been injured in a “dooring” accident, you deserve trustworthy representation that can only be found in a Waukegan bike accident attorney.

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More Delivery Trucks Can Mean More Truck Accidents

 Posted on December 07, 2023 in Truck Accidents

IL accident lawyerWith the decline of malls and brick-and-mortar stores, online shopping has increased dramatically in recent years. While customers may enjoy the convenience of online purchases, there are significantly more delivery trucks on the road than ever before. 

With a rise in delivery trucks comes an increase in accidents. Since truck drivers have more demanding schedules during the holidays, many drivers may fail to drive cautiously. Even with an unyielding schedule, a truck driver’s negligence should not go unpunished.

If you have been in an accident with a delivery truck, you should contact a Waukegan truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

UPS and FedEx Truck Accident Statistics

As of 2022, United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) drivers have traveled over 3.4 billion miles. As of November 2023, UPS reported the following:

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Parking Lot Accidents Can Cause Injuries

 Posted on November 30, 2023 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerParking lot accidents are often overlooked as minor inconveniences, but they can often result in serious injuries and even deaths. According to national statistics, 500 deaths occur in parking lot accidents every year in the US, and it is safe to say that many more people are injured. If you have been injured in a parking lot accident, call a Waukegan car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys will review the facts of your case for free and advise you on your legal options.

The Risks and Injuries of Parking Lot Accidents

Parking lot accidents can result in extremely serious injuries. Even seemingly minor accidents can cause significant harm to both drivers and pedestrians. Some common injuries that can occur in parking lot accidents include:

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Common Injuries to Back Seat Passengers in Crashes

 Posted on November 24, 2023 in Car Accidents

IL accident lawyerWith the advancement of vehicle safety, drivers and passengers are safer on the road. Even so, more data is highlighting the dangers of being a backseat passenger. 

Unrestrained backseat passengers are more likely to die in a car crash than those wearing seat belts. While buckling up significantly reduces the risk of death, it does not mean that a backseat passenger will be completely safe in a collision.

Our Waukegan car accident lawyers would like to discuss potential injuries facing rear passengers. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Anytime someone experiences a forceful blow or strike to the head, there is the risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI may involve something penetrating the skull (open head injury) or blunt trauma to the head without penetration (closed head injury). 

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Helmets Do Not Always Protect Against Head Trauma

 Posted on November 20, 2023 in Bicycle Accidents

IL injury lawyerHelmets are known to save lives. Considered reliable protection, helmets have been proven to reduce deaths by 73% among helmeted riders when compared to riders not wearing a helmet. 

Although reliable protection, helmets are not foolproof. There is no sure way to entirely prevent head trauma, including a concussion. If you have suffered head trauma while wearing a helmet, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Speak with a Lake County injury attorney about a possible case.

The Benefits of Wearing a Helmet

When you hit a hard surface, the foam part of a helmet absorbs the forces that would impact the brain, while the hard shell disperses the force of impact over a large area. 

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Contact a Lake County Vehicle Accident Attorney Who is Ready to Help You

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our office. Call 847-662-3303 to set up a free initial consultation at one of our four convenient locations. There is no risk because we only collect fees if you collect compensation. With offices in Libertyville, Waukegan, Richmond, and Chicago, we represent clients in Lake County, Cook County, DuPage County, and McHenry County.

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