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IL accident lawyerCar versus pedestrian accidents can be incredibly devastating. People who are on foot have no shielding when a negligent motorist crashes into them. Even if a pedestrian sees a car about to veer off the road and strike them, they can almost never move quickly enough to avoid being seriously harmed. A driver who hits a pedestrian is almost always going to be considered negligent. Exceptions to this rule are rare. Especially in downtown areas like Chicago, walking is often the most convenient way to get around. Drivers should be very well aware that people are walking around and take reasonable precautions to avoid hitting one. If you were hit by a car while walking, you can likely recover compensation with an attorney’s help.

How Can I Recover Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident?

In most cases, the responsible driver’s insurance company will compensate you. The process is similar to what it would be had you been driving when you were hit. Your best bet is to have an attorney help you with the claims process. It can be a bit complicated, and the driver’s insurance company has more interest in making a profit than making sure that you get the compensation you need.

You will need to be able to show that the driver who hit you was being careless. This is usually the case in pedestrian crashes. Pedestrian accidents typically occur when a careless driver:

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Il accident lawyerWhen you have just been hit by a careless driver, you expect them to at least stop and exchange insurance information. When they instead take off and vanish, it can be very frustrating. You are stuck on the side of the road, injured, and the responsible party just keeps driving as if nothing happened. Hit-and-run accidents are very common, particularly in cities like Chicago. There are a number of reasons that drivers may flee the scene after causing a crash, ranging from not wanting to get a DUI to having an active arrest warrant. The good news is that you may have more options for recovering compensation than you think. An attorney with experience in hit-and-run accident cases can likely help you recover compensation, with or without catching the responsible driver.

Locating the Hit-and-Run Driver Who Fled

Even twenty years ago, hit-and-runs were much more difficult to solve. Cameras were less ubiquitous. Now, they are nearly everywhere. Some techniques your attorney might use in an effort to find the driver who injured you include:

  • Using cameras - There are traffic cameras at most major intersections, which may have captured the responsible driver fleeing in a damaged vehicle, or even the crash itself. Even if your accident happened on a residential side street, a resident may have a security camera outside their home that could contain helpful footage.
  • Working with police - Fleeing the scene of an accident - especially if you caused the accident and injured someone - is a crime in Illinois. The police may be interested in solving the crime. In that case, it may be best to cooperate with them in order to help identify the liable driver.
  • Identifying witnesses - Unless your crash happened in the middle of nowhere, odds are that someone saw something. Locating a witness can provide missing details that can be used to identify the driver who hit you.

If the at-fault driver can be identified, you can then pursue compensation from them as you normally would.

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IL injury lawyerWhen a doctor prescribes a medication, it is because she thinks that its potential benefits outweigh the risks associated with that medication. Prescription medications must be approved by the Federal Drug Administration, which should have conducted extensive studies to ensure that the drug is safe. However, both doctors and the FDA sometimes fail to consider the long-term effects of a medication. A drug may carry risks that were not discovered during the FDA’s shorter-term studies. Or, doctors may fail to consider how medication could impact an existing health issue. Either way, there is a chance that a new illness you or your deceased family member developed was caused by prescription medication. If this is the case, you may be entitled to recover compensation for damage caused by a defective drug.

How do I Know if My Illness or My Relative’s Death Was Caused by a Defective Drug?

Sadly, many people who have been harmed by a defective drug never uncover the cause. Some even continue taking the drug that is causing harm without realizing that their prescription is making them sick or damaging their mental health. If you develop a new health issue after starting a new prescription medication, it is worth looking into whether the two could be linked.

Common types of medication that cause harm include:

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IL accident lawyerOne of the leading causes of truck accidents is driver fatigue. A tired driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver. When a person becomes sleep-deprived and exhausted, they become prone to making mistakes that they would not normally make. Fatigued drivers may miss important road signs, forget to check their blind spots, or even drive more aggressively than usual due to irritability. Unfortunately, there is no roadside tiredness test. A drunk driver may not be able to walk a straight line, but a tired driver may be wide awake right after the crash. Of course, drug or alcohol use can contribute to a driver’s tiredness as well. If you suspect that driver fatigue was a factor in your truck accident, your attorney can try to seek out evidence of the driver’s tiredness.

What Evidence Can Be Used to Show Driver Fatigue?

While it can be very difficult to tell whether a truck driver was overly tired before a crash, certain types of evidence can be used to suggest that driver fatigue was a factor. Helpful evidence may include:

  • Hours of service logs - There are strict federal and state regulations that govern how long a commercial truck driver can keep going without a break, and how long that break must be. Drivers should be keeping a log, which should be corroborated automatically by software installed on the truck. If they broke federal or state law and have not been taking proper rest breaks, this can show that the driver was probably fatigued at the time of the crash.
  • Drug tests - After causing an accident, a truck driver should be tested for drugs and alcohol promptly. The presence of “downers” like alcohol, benzodiazepines, or opiates, can suggest that the driver may have been very sleepy when he caused the crash.
  • Witness testimony - If you were on a populated road, another driver or bystander may have seen signs that the driver was falling asleep. If the driver made a recent stop, someone may have observed them appearing fatigued. They may have purchased coffee or an energy drink, suggesting that they were struggling to stay alert.
  • Type of accident - When a driver falls asleep at the wheel, they often drift out of their lane. Sideswipe accidents or head-on collisions are common results.

Tired truck drivers cause far too many accidents. If you were injured by a fatigued driver, there may be evidence available showing that their fatigue contributed to or caused the crash.

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Staying Safe After a Car Accident

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IL crash lawyerJust because your vehicle has come to a stop after a car crash does not mean that the danger has passed. There is still a risk of what is called a “secondary” car accident. After you have been in a car crash, your vehicle is probably stopped in a rather unconventional place and you may not be able to move it. This can put you at risk of being hit again, either while still in your car or while on foot. There can also be danger associated with the other driver, especially if road rage was a factor in your accident. Knowing how to keep yourself safe in the aftermath of a car accident can stop a bad day from turning into a horrible one. After you have gotten to safety, your next step should be to contact an attorney for help recovering compensation.

Tips for Preventing Further Harm After a Traffic Accident

Keep in mind that not all tips will apply to all situations. Some steps that may help keep you safe from further injury after a car accident include:

  • Lights - Turn on your flashers so that other vehicles can see you more easily, especially when it is dark out.
  • Move vehicles - If your vehicle is still drivable, move it out of the roadway and onto the shoulder. This reduces the odds of an inattentive driver running straight into your car and potentially causing another accident. Stay out of the area your vehicle might be pushed into if it is hit a second time.
  • Stay visible - Avoid walking behind the damaged vehicles where other drivers may not be able to spot you. If it is very dark, consider turning on your phone’s flashlight so others can see where you are walking or standing. However, do not shine your flashlight at other vehicles - keep it low to the ground.
  • Deescalate - Do not argue with or show anger towards the other driver, especially if he seems eager to start a fight. Never provoke a driver whose road rage has already caused an accident. If you need to, walk away just far enough to get to a safer or more populated area to reduce the chance of an assault. Make sure you inform the dispatcher where you went and why you had to walk away when you call the police.

If a secondary collision does occur, you may also have a claim against the driver who caused the second crash. An attorney will be able to help you determine which parties may be liable to you for any harm that occurs after the initial accident.

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