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Avoiding Car Crashes on Thanksgiving 

Posted on in Car Accidents

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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Pedestrians Face Daily Dangers

Posted on in Pedestrian Accidents

waukegan personal injury lawyerYou do not have to look too hard to see how frequently pedestrians are in the news for being involved in various motor vehicle accidents in the greater Lake County area. On October 19, 2022, the Lake & McHenry County Scanner reported that the McHenry County Coroner had identified a 47-year-old woman who was struck and killed while trying to cross Algonquin Road in Lake in the Hills.

If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your medical bills and other damages. 

How Pedestrians Can Stay Safe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) outlines eight safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians when it comes to pedestrian safety. This is good to understand because the truth of the matter is that both drivers and pedestrians have important roles to play in avoiding motor vehicle collisions.

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IL injury lawyerRecreational vehicles (RVs) can be an enjoyable way to travel and see the country. During the pandemic, many families turned to RV travel as a safer way to take a vacation. However, these large vehicles come with an additional set of safety concerns that do not necessarily pertain to drivers of smaller personal vehicles. Although there is some debate regarding whether a special license should be required to operate such a massive vehicle on public streets, in Illinois, only requires those operating very large RVs or towing excessive weight to obtain a special license. For all other RVs, only a regular driver’s license is required. RV accidents can be every bit as serious and destructive as commercial truck accidents due to the heaviness of the vehicle and the strong forces involved in these collisions. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a recreational vehicle, an attorney may be able to help you obtain financial compensation.

Rules Pertaining to the Operation of Recreational Vehicles in the State of Illinois

While not all RVs are of sufficient size or weight to trigger the need for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), it is important for those who drive them to act in compliance with all relevant Illinois state road rules. As large vehicles can rapidly cause extreme harm to others, those driving an RV bear a special responsibility to drive safely. Illinois sets out the following road rules pertaining to RV drivers:

  • Obey posted size limits - Many roads are unsafe for RVs and other vehicles of a similar size and weight for a variety of reasons. Drivers may encounter posted traffic signs directing them to refrain from using a road if their vehicle is over a certain size, weight, or height. It may be unsafe for a driver to disregard such a sign. Anything from a road collapse to striking the top of a bridge may occur should an RV driver choose to use a road despite posted warnings.
  • Special lighting - If an RV is of a certain size, special lighting equipment may be required if the vehicle is operated outside of settled areas after sunset or before sunrise. The lighting requirements are critical for visibility purposes. In more rural areas at night, other drivers may struggle to spot an RV without the required lighting. This raises the risk of an accident.
  • Additional caution - Drivers of large RVs must take special care around tight turns, on hills, in inclement weather, or where pedestrians are present. Failing to use an appropriate level of caution in these circumstances can increase the risk of an RV driver crashing.

If you have been injured by a careless RV driver, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Spooky Halloween Drunk Driving Facts

Posted on in Drunk Driving Accidents

Lake County Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Halloween can be fun for children, teenagers, and adults alike. Children may look forward all year to the night they dress up in a costume and roam their neighborhoods, collecting candy. Teenagers and adults may look forward to Halloween costume parties, where alcohol tends to flow freely. While “responsible sober driver” may not be the most fun Halloween costume ever, it is essential that a member of each group takes on this role unless public transportation is an option. The combination of drunk drivers and droves of children outdoors after dark can create an extremely dangerous situation. It is almost impossible to avoid drunk drivers around Halloween, as they are everywhere. If you are injured in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver, you are likely entitled to compensation. An attorney can help you pursue the compensation you are due after suffering harm at the hands of a drunk driver over the holiday.

Facts and Statistics About Drunk Driving on Halloween

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for everyone on the roads, largely due to the ubiquitousness of drunk driving. Driving while wearing a mask that obscures one’s vision may be another problem, but drunk driving is generally a far greater danger.

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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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