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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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Types of Auto Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Automobile accidents are a daily occurrence throughout the nation and particularly in the Chicago area. Even the most cautious drivers can be involved in a collision, and in truth, many motorists are not as careful as they should be. Each year, around 6,000,000 car accidents occur in the United States leading to approximately 3,000,000 injuries. Each day sees over 90 people die as a result of these accidents. Chances are high that you will be involved in a crash at some point in your life. As someone who travels the country's roads, it's important that you understand the types of accidents you could be involved in and how to...

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What Does a Commercial Liability Policy Protect Against?

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Whether you are the owner, manager or customer of a business, you should want the company to be protected by a commercial liability policy. These insurance policies protect businesses against claims for personal injury and property damage caused by a company's operations or products. Bodily injuries that take place on the premises are also covered. Commercial liability policies are not all the same and don't cover every single risk that companies face, but they do protect them from a number of claims and lawsuits and the financial devastation they might bring. If you are ever harmed while at a business or because you used their products, your lawyer can help you...

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Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist Claims

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While all Illinois drivers are required to carry liability insurance (coverage meant to pay damages to other drivers) a number do not. Research shows that around 13.7% of Illinois drivers are uninsured, which is slightly higher than the national average. Of course, many more are underinsured, which means their coverage may not be enough to cover your medical costs and property damage if they collide with you. In Illinois, like many other states, motorists are required to carry a minimum level of uninsured motorist insurance coverage. This law offers you some protection when you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, although the minimum limits are only $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Accidents...

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Common Types of Semi-Truck Accidents

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Like many drivers, you may be nervous when you have to drive near big trucks. Sharing the road with these giant vehicles is necessary, however. The trucking industry is essential to commerce in the United States. In fact, trucks move approximately 71.5% of the nation's freight by weight. By necessity, these vehicles are often huge, hitting a maximum weight of 80,000 lbs. And although truck drivers are generally quite safe drivers, the size of their trucks and trailers often makes them deadly in collisions. When you share the road with big trucks, you have to drive defensively and be aware of the common types of semi-truck accidents. Trucking Accidents Big trucks present a number of...

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