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Understanding the Rights of Pedestrians in Illinois

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Pedestrian Accidents

rights of pedestrians, Waukegan pedestrian accident attorney, pedestrians with disabilities, pedestrian accidents, pedestrian injuriesIn 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, there were over 5,000 motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in Illinois, with 4,666 of these accidents resulting in injuries and 150 accidents resulting in pedestrian fatalities. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable in collisions, and being struck by a car, truck, bus, or other vehicle can result in severe, debilitating injuries.

In order to avoid these types of accidents, both drivers and pedestrians should understand the laws governing pedestrians in Illinois.

Right of Way and Pedestrian Responsibilities

When pedestrians are legally crossing the road within a crosswalk, drivers must yield the right of way to them. This means they must stop their vehicles while  pedestrians walk on their half of the road, or when they are approaching from the other half of the road. Drivers must also yield right of way to pedestrians on sidewalks.

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Recognizing the Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury After a Car Accident

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

brain injuries, Car accident, Lake County personal injury lawyer, traumatic brain injury, severe brain injuryA car accident can be a frightening experience, whether it is a minor bump or a multi-car pileup. Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who have been involved in a collision are often shaken up and unsure of what steps they should take to seek medical attention and deal with insurance claims and repairs.

In the chaos and confusion that results in the aftermath of a crash, people may not be aware of the extent of their injuries. Brain injuries are especially common in car accidents, but their symptoms may not be immediately evident. Anyone who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the signs that they have received a serious brain injury.

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6 Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents by Driving Safely in a Work Zone

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Motorcycle Accidents

driving safely, Waukegan personal injury lawyer, motor vehicle safety, Waukegan car accident, work zoneEveryone deserves to stay safe when they are using the road, and that includes both drivers and people working in construction zones. There are over 4,800 car accidents in work zones every year in Illinois, and road construction workers are especially vulnerable in car crashes, since they do not have protection against large, fast-moving vehicles.

One small mistake by a driver can result in a serious crash and major injuries to everyone involved. The consequences of hitting a construction worker are severe; doing so may result in up to $10,000 in fines and 14 years in prison.

In order to provide a safe environment for everyone on the road, drivers should follow these tips when driving in construction zones:

  • Be aware of conditions - Drivers should always pay close attention to the traffic patterns and roadway conditions in a work zone. The lanes may be more narrow than usual, the pavement may be uneven, and parts of the road may be closed from traffic. The state of roadway construction or repairs can change from day to day, so drivers should be ready for the unexpected.

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Illinois Looks to Eliminate Fatalities from Roadway Departure Crashes

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

highway safety plan, Lake County car accident injury lawyer, roadway departure crashes, rumble strips, car crash fatalityWhile motor vehicles are an essential, inescapable part of our daily lives, they are also very dangerous. Even though they have plenty of safety features, cars are still large pieces of metal that weigh more than two tons, on average, and travel at high speeds. These factors mean that any collision between a car and a person, object, or other vehicle is likely to result in injuries for anyone involved.

Roadway departure car accidents, which occur when a vehicle leaves the road or crosses the road’s centerline, are some of the most common accidents that take place in Illinois, and account for 33 percent of all fatalities and serious injuries. As part of its plan to reduce the number of fatalities on its roads, Illinois has put several new initiatives into place to reduce the dangers of roadway departure.

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New Study Shows Bicycle Accident Fatalities on the Rise

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Bicycle Accidents

fatal bicycle accidents, Lake County personal injury lawyers, bicycle safety, bicycle accidents, fatal bicycle crashesIn collisions between bicycles and automobiles, the chance that a bicyclist will be seriously injured is high. Bicyclists may wear helmets and reflective clothing, follow the rules of the road, and do everything they can to stay safe, but they are often struck by vehicles through no fault of their own, resulting in catastrophic, life-altering injuries.

In recent years, this concern has grown as more and more people use bikes for exercise or to commute to work. According to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of fatal bicycle accidents across the United States hit an all time low of 621 in 2010, but ever since then, it has been increasing, with 818 bicyclists dying in collisions in 2015, the most recent year in which data was available.

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How to Prepare Your Car for the Winter

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

car safety, Waukegan personal injury lawyers, winter car preparation, winter car accidents, snow tiresWhile it is not snowing  yet, the winter season is quickly approaching. But is your car prepared for the cold?

Making sure your car is ready while the temperature outside drops can prevent car accidents and keep you safe while out on the road. Consider the following tips to help prepare your vehicle for the winter:

  1. Keep a box of supplies and non-perishable food in your car. In the event that your engine fails or you are stranded on the side of the road because of a severe snowstorm, make sure you have food, water, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, blankets, and other supplies. Keep these supplies in your vehicle all winter long.

  1. Maintain your tires. Check your tires’ pressure because cold temperatures cause tire pressure to decrease. You should also make sure your tires are not worn out. Worn out tires can make it difficult to drive in snow and on ice. If you find your car often slipping on snowy roads, consider getting snow tires.

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Safe Driving Tips with Child Passengers

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

safe driving tips-WaukeganDriving with children can be taxing, but it is essential to take certain measures to ensure their safety. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among kids. More than 600 children aged 12 years and younger died in 2015 from a car accident and thousands were injured. Therefore, it is imperative that parents and caregivers adhere to the road laws and regulations regarding child passengers.

  1. Make sure children are wearing seat belts. Children should not be sharing seat belts, and the seat belts should be resting securely against their bodies. In addition, children should be using both the lap and shoulder belt.

  1. Follow the law. Depending on the child’s age, weight, and height, he or she may be legally required to sit in a child car seat or booster seat.

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Tips for Safe Driving During the Holidays

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

safe driving, Waukegan car accident attorneys, holiday driving, safe car trip, car accidentsDuring the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve holidays, millions of Americans and their families embark on the road. An estimated 47 million people traveled 50 miles or more on Thanksgiving day. This year, the number is expected to be even higher.

Whether it be going on vacation or to your family’s house, keep in mind the following tips for a safe and fun car trip:

  1. If you are traveling long distance, make sure your vehicle is well-equipped and in good condition. If need be, clean out your car and have the oil changed.

  1. Check the weather forecast and traffic conditions. Knowing what to expect and what roads to avoid can ensure the safest trip possible.

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Driving During the Winter

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

driving during the winter, driving safety tips, Wheaton car accident attorneys, car maintenance, winter drivingDriving during the winter seasons comes with many risks. Slippery roads, snowstorms that can inhibit visibility, and freezing temperatures can all contribute to the occurrence of traffic accidents. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, about 800 Americans died annually in car accidents that were caused by winter weather conditions. However, there are steps you can take to ensure your and your family’s safety while traveling during the winter:

  1. Keep your car maintained. Before the winter season even begins, take your car in for a tune-up and oil change. Have your mechanic check your tires and consider investing in snow tires. Make sure the exhaust pipes are not clogged with mud, ice, or snow. Blocked exhaust pipes can cause carbon monoxide gas to fill the vehicle.

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How to Avoid a Car Accident in Foggy Weather

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

foggy weather-WaukeganFog can be a hazardous weather condition and can be difficult to drive in. In fact, there are more than 31,000 car accidents that result from foggy weather. More than 11,000 people are injured in these incidents and about 511 people are killed. Therefore, it is essential to drive carefully and stay focused when driving in foggy conditions.

Consider the following tips for staying safe on the road while driving in fog:

  1. It is important to drive slowly during dangerous weather conditions. Driving slowly allows you to stop your car in time if traffic slows down or if the car in front of you makes a sudden stop. Maintaining a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you can additionally help prevent an accident. You can injure yourself and other drivers if you drive too closely to a vehicle and the vehicle makes an emergency stop or stops for any reason.

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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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