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Car Accidents Are Leading Cause of Death for Children

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

car accidents, death for children, Waukegan personal injury attorneys, seat belt safety, car seat safetyUnintentional injury from car accidents is the most common cause of death for children under the age of 15. It is reported that 2,855 children in the United States have died in car accidents between 2010 and 2014. Many children who die due to car accidents were not wearing seat belts. Moreover, 43 percent of children were not properly restrained.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas completed an analysis on the data collected from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The study found that the rate of children’s death in each state varied and that one type of road is more dangerous than other types. In fact, 67 percent of deaths of children occurred on rural roads. Poor lighting, lack of knowledge of the roads, and considerable distance to the emergency room are factors that can help explain why rural roads are considered to be the most dangerous road. The study found that seat belts and restraints can help prevent child injury and death.

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Long Term Injury Implications of Minor Rear-End Collisions

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

Lake County personal injury attorney, rear-end collisions, whiplash, winter weather driving, car crash injuriesIn the Chicago area, as the holiday season approaches, adverse driving conditions come with it. Shorter days can result in limited visibility, which can be especially problematic during the rush hour commute home from work. Additionally, lower temperatures can lead to snow, ice, and other hazards on the road.

While there are steps that drivers can take to increase their own safety during winter time driving, such as equipping their vehicles with snow tires and leaving extra space between themselves and other drivers, the bottom line is decreasing visibility and traction can result in an increase in rear-end collisions.

Often times, these seemingly minor collisions result in serious injury—whiplash, head trauma, and broken bones. If you or a loved one are injured in a rear-end collision this winter, it is important to contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney.

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Look Out! Ensuring Safety in a SmartPhone World

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

Car accident, driver safety, Lake County personal injury attorney, smartphone world, distracted drivingAs the holiday season approaches, consumers will flock to department stores in hopes of finding the next generation smartphone. Smartphones have drastically changed the way we think, operate, and navigate through life. Considering the benefits of instant access to information databases, smartphones are now viewed as a necessity in our society. However, with the good comes the bad, and today many Americans suffer from increased stress, decreased sleep, and even addiction attributed to overuse of smartphones and tablets. There may be no bigger downside to smartphone use than the danger from using these devices on the road.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an automobile collision either as a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, attributed to smartphone related negligence, contact an experienced Lake County personal injury attorney today.

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Workplace Injuries on the Decline: Illinois Below the National Average

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Workers’ Compensation

Waukegan personal injury attorneys, workers’ compensation, workplace fatalities, workplace injuries, workplace safetyAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workplace injuries are on the decline. The incident rate within the private sector workforce has declined from 4.4 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2006, to 2.9 cases in 2016.

In the state of Illinois, the average of 2.7 injuries per 100 full-time workers lies below the national average. Moreover, Illinois is ranked as the 9th safest state to work in throughout the United States.

A look at the long term trend in workplace safety shows that the commitment to improving worker safety has been a success. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 10.9 worker accidents or illnesses per 100 workers annually in 1972 compared to 3.0 per 100 workers in 2015.

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The Dangers of Dog Bites

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Personal Injury Lawsuits

dog bites-WaukeganEvery year, an average of 4.5 million people in the United States are victims of dog bites. Dog bites are often times some of the most physically painful and emotionally traumatizing wounds that a victim could suffer.

While many people assume that dog bites are relatively minor injuries that result in little or no long-term health consequences, that assertion is factually incorrect. From sprains and breaks, to puncture wounds that can leave victims with scars or deformities, dog bites can be incredibly dangerous. In nearly a quarter of dog bite incidents, victims are left with more than a puncture wound.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), of the four million plus dog bites that occur annually, nearly 900,000 result in infection. Therefore, if you or a member of your family are a victim of a dog bite attack, contact a Lake County personal injury attorney today.

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Knockout Punch: The Dangers of Airbag Deployment

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Car Accidents

airbag deployment, airbag safety, Lake County personal injury attorney, motor vehicle safety, airbag deployment injuriesDevelopment of the first airbag restraint systems began in the late 1950’s, monumentally altering the landscape of motor vehicle safety. Airbags were commercially introduced in 1973 with the General Motors’ Oldsmobile Toronado. Over the next 15 years, other automobile manufacturers also began developing and implementing vehicle passenger safety equipment.

In 1988, Chevrolet became the first motor vehicle company to provide customers with airbag restraint systems throughout the entirety of their passenger fleet. Over the following decades, car companies across the world have been working to enhance the safety, strength, and overall functionality of airbag restraint systems. The results have been overwhelmingly positive.

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The Importance of Pursuing Medical and Legal Action After Suffering a Head Injury

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Brain Injuries

brain injuries, head injury, Lake County personal injury lawyer, traumatic brain injuries, head traumaToday most people think of the dangers of concussions and traumatic head injuries within the realm of professional sport. They would not be wrong for thinking that way, since over four thousand former NFL players filed a high-profile lawsuit against the NFL in 2011 based on the long-term life altering damage that accompanies traumatic head injury.

While contact sports such as American football and hockey put participants in much higher risk of suffering concussions, traumatic head injuries are not limited to the arena of competitive sports. Traumatic head injuries can occur in everyday life.

Everyone should be aware of the immediate and long-term health implications of head trauma. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic head injury, contact a knowledgeable Lake County personal injury lawyer today.

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The Risks of Snowmobiling

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Accident Liability

snowmobiling, Waukegan personal injury attorney, snowmobiling accidents, snowmobiling injuries, dangerous winter activitiesHere in the greater Chicago area we are blessed to be in close proximity to an abundance of outdoor recreation areas. With access to the Shawnee National Forest, the Pere Marquette State Park, and other incredible gateways to nature, local residents have no shortage of options for recreation. Even in the dead of winter, we can still get out and experience the natural environment.

Today many Chicagoans choose to enjoy nature through the use of snowmobiles. While snowmobiles can be exceptionally fun for outdoor adventure seekers, they do come with risk of severe injury.

Risk of Injury

Over the last few decades, snowmobiling has become one of America’s favorite wintertime activities. In 2017, upwards of 50,000 recreational snowmobiles were commercially sold within the United States. But as snowmobilers flock to the outdoors this holiday season, it is important to know the risks of taking part in this exhilarating but dangerous winter activity.

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With the Holiday Season in Full Swing, Be Wary of Drunk Drivers

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Drunk Driving Accidents

holiday season drunk drivers-Lake CountyHoliday festivities are in full force as the New Year approaches. While families and friends come together for the holiday season, alcoholic beverages often accompany the parties. But as you and your loved ones bring in the new year, watch out for impaired drivers on the roads. Additionally, if you or a member of your family are injured in a collision involving negligence or alcohol impairment, contact a Lake County personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and options available for recovery.

Drinking and Driving Kills

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 29 people die in drunk driving accidents every day throughout the United States. While fatal collisions involving alcohol impairment have steadily decreased over the last three decades, drunk driving accidents still result in more than 10,000 fatalities annually.

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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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