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Car Accidents: Common Causes & Prevention Tips

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It’s no doubt that car accidents can be devastating. You see them happen all the time just driving your normal commute and it can make even the safest drivers wonder about their own safety. Even if you are a good driver and have never been in a car accident before, it’s still important to learn all of the ways to avoid one. According to the National Safety Council, more than 90% of car accidents are caused by human error. This means that they can be prevented majority of the time. Before you get behind the wheel, you need to take basic safety precautions to prevent or decrease...

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The Truth About Whiplash

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Whiplash, sometimes referred to as a neck sprain of strain, is an extremely common injury often resulting from a car accident. Whiplash is a term that describes a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or even sideways. Each year, more than 2 million Americans report experiencing whiplash. Given that whiplash is very common, it can be easy to brush it under the rug and not take it as seriously as you should. There are also a lot of myths out there that prevent people from seeking medical and legal attention. If you are in any type of accident, you need to be...

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How to Protect Yourself from A Motorcycle Accident

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People often think of motorcycling as a dangerous hobby. Most parents warn their children to never get on the back of one. While it’s true that motorcycles can be dangerous, there are a lot of people who really enjoy being able to drive the scenic routes of Illinois and take in the unobstructed views from the seat of a motorcycle. However, even careful motorcyclists can easily be involved in an accident, often through no fault of their own. You can reduce your chance of being injured in a motorcycle accident by wearing proper safety equipment and practicing safe driving techniques....

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Slip & Fall Accidents: Risk Factors, Causes and Settlements

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Slip and fall accidents can often be portrayed through funny YouTube videos or as the punch line of a joke. In movies, people laugh when someone slips on a wet floor, slips a banana peel, falls off a latter, etc. It’s all fun and games, unless you are the one falling. In fact, about 9.2 million people were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries in 2016.  On any given day, you could slip on a slick spot or catch your heel in a sidewalk crack, falling hard and hurting yourself. Slip and fall accidents are quite common, but especially for those 65 years of age or older. According to...

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What You Need to Know About Illinois Rear-End Collisions

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Anyone who has ever driven through Illinois most likely noticed the difference in roadways and driving conditions throughout the state. Majority of Illinois consists of sprawling farmland and straightaway highways. It is not uncommon for motorists to be going upwards on 80 mph on these roads which can lead to very dangerous rear-end collisions. However, the city of Chicago also presents an opportunity for lower-speed accidents to happen in heavy traffic or crowded intersections. A rear-end collision is one of the most common types of car accidents, and it's almost impossible to avoid when it's happening. Unfortunately, that doesn't make its effects...

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The Dangers of Distracted Driving in Illinois

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With the advancement of technology, it’s possible to turn your car into an office on wheels and get Wi-Fi almost anywhere. Everything has “gone mobile” and the use of cell phones while driving has sky rocketed. According to the National Safety Council, at least 9 Americans die and 100 are injured each day in distracted driving accidents. Teenage driving and distracted driving are two major causes of motor vehicle accidents. Often the two causes overlap, with younger drivers often being guilty of distracted driving to a greater degree than their parents. Everybody knows that texting and driving is a dangerous...

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Back-to-School Accidents to Avoid

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Even though it may feel like summer is coming to an end, the actual end date isn’t until the end of September, so there is still plenty of summer weather to be enjoyed. However, many kids are going back-to-school and there are precautions that should be taken to avoid injuries during this exciting time of year. Chances are at least one member of your family will have some sort of summer injury. Swimming, sunning, travel and even yard care are popular summer activities that can cause a number of easily avoidable mishaps that can keep you away from the fun...

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The Difference Between a Third Party Lawsuit and Workers’ Compensation

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When you think of dangerous places, you may picture a snake pit, a raceway or your in-laws. Your place of employment may not immediately come to mind. But whether you work at a factory, construction site, office or retail store, you can easily be injured. Each day, one worker is injured every seven seconds while they are on the job. Workplace injuries are common and often quite serious. Some can make it impossible for you to ever return to work. If you are injured on the job, you may be eligible for worker's compensation or a settlement from a third party. In some instances, you will be eligible...

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When to Seek a Trucking Accident Attorney

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The fear of colliding with a large truck is justified. If sharing the road with these vehicles scares you, it should. While any vehicle collision can have devastating effects, in a trucking accident, the damage is multiplied. Both physical and property damage is much worse due to the huge difference in weight between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks. The family sedan or even SUV is no match for these huge vehicles, so anytime you are involved in a traffic incident with one, you will come out on the losing end. The statistics are frightening. In 2017, over 4,761 people were killed in large truck accidents, with the vast majority...

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How Much Is A Car Accident Lawsuit Worth?

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The annual cost of car accidents in the United States is $230.6 billion, which comes to $820 for each person. Even a minor accident can cost you thousands in medical bills, depending on who is at fault and the coverage provided by insurance policies. Unfortunately, medical bills will not be the only expense you'll face after a collision. When you are injured in an accident, your first concern is for the people involved. You have to consider your injuries as well as those of passengers in your car and those in the other vehicle. When you are able, you will begin to worry about the cost. Even those of...

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