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IL accident lawyerAs electric scooters, or e-scooters, become more popular in Chicago, they potentially present an environmentally friendly alternative to driving and a more sanity alternative to taking public transportation. However, one significant consequence of more e-scooters is the increase in dangerous e-scooter accidents.

Not only do e-scooter riders often speed down the street without taking appropriate caution in regard to vehicular traffic, they often also violate the rules and ride on the sidewalks with pedestrians. This can present dangerous hazards to pedestrians and even pets, who are caught by surprise when e-scooter riders go flying past at high speeds. Add this to the danger that e-scooter riders face when they get into car crashes, and you have a perfect storm of dangerous accidents waiting to happen. As summer approaches and the city of Chicago allows three companies to apply for permits to operate up to 6,000 electric scooters, those who have been injured in e-scooter accidents may wonder if they can take action.

E-Scooters Present Dangers While Being Ridden and While Docked

While e-scooter accidents most often happen when a rider crashes into a vehicle or pedestrian, injuries also occur when e-scooters are left strewn about on sidewalks, curbs, and other public areas. Although e-scooters may be convenient for those who use them, many people complain of the nuisance e-scooters cause when they are ridden recklessly or left laying on the ground. Chicago hopes to mitigate some of the nuisance complaints by requiring e-scooters to be locked to appropriate objects after use, although this measure does not reduce risks while scooters are being ridden.

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IL injury lawyerIllinois law gives injured people the right to seek financial compensation if another party’s actions or negligent inaction caused them harm. For example, someone struck by a drunk driver may be able to bring a claim against the driver and/or the driver’s auto insurance company. Someone who is injured by a defective product may bring a claim against the party that designed or manufactured the product. Premises liability accidents like slip and fall accidents may also lead to a personal injury claim.

Whatever the cause, a serious accident can have devastating long-term financial consequences for the injured person and their family. Lost income from missed work and lost earning capacity are often some of the largest financial burdens to overcome after an injurious accident.

Recovering Lost Income After a Serious Injury

Brain injuries, spine injuries, broken bones, burns, and other serious injuries often require extensive recovery time. Many people injured by another party’s negligence have to stay in the hospital for several days or even weeks. Others need long-term rehabilitative care. Not only are these medical needs expensive, but they can also prevent the injured person from working.

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IL injury lawyerAs the weather warms up, many people will be enjoying the weather on their bicycles. Riding a bicycle is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel around the Waukegan area. However, sharing the road with motor vehicles can also be dangerous. If you plan to enjoy Waukegan on a bike, it is important to know the laws. Contrary to popular belief, bicyclists are expected to follow many of the same traffic rules as the drivers of motor vehicles.

Bicyclists also have important rights. If you or a loved one were hurt in a collision while riding your bike, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your damages. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Bicycle Laws in Waukegan, Illinois

As a bicyclist, it is important to follow the rules of the road for both your safety and the safety of those around you. If you plan to ride at night, you must equip your bike with a front and rear light. In Illinois, bicyclists are required to follow the same laws as motorists. This includes:

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IL accident lawyerOver 900 individuals lost their lives in fatal car accidents in Illinois in the year 2019 alone. When a loved one dies in a tragic accident, the surviving family is often left with more questions than answers. Many families wonder if there is anything they can do to take legal action against the party who caused the fatal accident. Read on to learn about civil claims under the Illinois wrongful death statute and survivor statute.

Seeking Justice for a Loved One’s Death

Drunk driving, speeding, texting and driving, and countless other issues can lead to a fatal car crash. Sometimes, the at-fault party is not an individual but instead an auto parts manufacturing company or other entity. When someone is killed by another party’s negligent, reckless, or illegal actions, the surviving family may be able to seek justice through the civil court system through a survivor or wrongful death action.

Financial Compensation for Surviving Loved Ones

Losing a loved one in a preventable car crash, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or another type of accident causes not only terrible grief and suffering, but also significant financial strain. The surviving family may be left to deal with overwhelming medical debts and funeral costs. Individuals who lost a spouse are left to pay bills and raise children without their partner’s financial support or parental love and guidance. The types of damages available to surviving loved ones vary. Claims brought under the Illinois Survival Statute may allow the deceased person’s estate to recover compensation for:

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IL injury lawyerPeople who are injured by negligent motorists, defective consumer products, or hazardous property conditions may be able to bring a personal injury claim and recover damages. The injured person, or the family of a deceased person, may be able to recover reimbursement for property damage, medical bills, and lost income caused by the incident. Financial compensation for lost qualify of life, pain, and other non-financial consequences resulting from the injury may also be recoverable.

However, many people hesitate to seek compensation through an injury claim or lawsuit because they do not understand the personal injury process or how it works. Myths and misunderstandings about personal injury law also contribute to the confusion.

Myth: The Defendant Will Have to Pay Out of Pocket

Many people assume that personal injury damages will come out of the defendant’s pocket. This makes them hesitant to bring a claim if the at-fault party was a friend, family member, or neighbor. While it is possible that a defendant will have to pay out of pocket, the vast majority of personal injury damages are paid by the at-fault party’s insurer. Usually, an auto insurance company or homeowner’s company is responsible for paying personal injury claim payouts.

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