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Liability In An Auto Accident Involving A Self-Driving Car

In more recent years there has been a drastic increase of self-driving cars hitting the streets. Some people seem to be increasingly nervous about the increased use of autonomous vehicles, while others are looking forward to being able to take advantage of this new technology. However, with any type of new technology, there are always going to be hundreds of questions. In regard to self-driving cars, one of the most popular questions seems to be “If I’m involved in an accident with a self-driving car, who can be held legally responsible?”. AUTONOMOUS CAR ACCIDENT CASES According to the Insurance Information Institute, the...

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How Will a Car Accident Affect My Insurance Rate?

In most cases a car accident will negatively affect your car insurance rate. Generally, the safer you are deemed as a driver, the lower your insurance rates will be. However, the amount of increase really depends on the severity of the accident, the state you reside in, and your driving history. In the majority of states, if an accident was not your fault, you will not see an increase in your rate. However, in no-fault states, both parties involved are required to file a claim with their provider, which can often result in increased rates regardless of who was at fault....

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Auto Accidents Involving Pedestrians

While driving, it is not only important to keep your eye out for other vehicles around you, but also for pedestrians near the road or crossing streets. According to the CDC, there were 5,977 pedestrians killed and 137,000 injured in auto accidents in in 2017 in the United States. In Illinois alone there were a total of 4,940 pedestrian accidents in 2017. DETERMINING FAULT When determining who is at fault in an accident involving a pedestrian it is important to take into consideration many different factors. The main determining factor to establish who is at fault, is in regard to negligence. Negligence, according...

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Car Insurance Claims After an Accident in Illinois

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If you’ve been injured in an accident, insurance claims may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is in your best interest to file an insurance accident claim as soon as possible. Illinois requires all drivers to have a minimum of $20,000 coverage for bodily injury liability and $15,000 coverage for property damage. In Illinois, there is a “fault” system used to determine financial responsibility for an accident. Insurance is a necessity so that the person responsible for an accident can compensate anyone who was injured or whose property was damaged. In this blog post, you will learn everything you need to know about filing an...

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What to Do After a Hit and Run in Chicago

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A “hit and run” accident can mean a variety of things ranging from hitting a car in the parking lot to running a red light and hitting a pedestrian. Either way, a hit and run accident is when someone causes an incident and then leaves the scene. Committing a hit and run can be a very complicated crime especially if you don’t know who did it, but it is punishable by law. In this blog post, you will learn the definition of a “hit and run” accident, the consequences, and what you should do if you are involved. Hit and Run Defined A hit and run accident is...

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Most Common Bicycle Accidents & Prevention Techniques

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Bicycling is an increasingly popular form of transportation and exercise, especially in a big city like Chicago. Many people ride their bikes for fun or to relieve stress, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the safest option. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2018. As you can imagine, when a bicyclist collides with a moving vehicle, it is almost always the bicyclist that is in the most danger. Whether you are the one driving the vehicle or riding the bike, it’s important to know your rights and ways to prevent accidents before they happen. Keep reading...

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First Steps After A Car Accident

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Car accidents can range from fender benders to life changing incidents. Depending on the severity of the injuries, it can be difficult to get your life back to normal. If you are involved in a car accident, you are likely not thinking about everything you will need to do to build your personal injury case, until it is too late. This blog post will give you a high-level overview of all the tips and best practices that can be applied after a car accident including seeking medical attention, filing police reports, collecting evidence, finding a lawyer, and more. Learning some simple steps now will make you more able...

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What to Do After an Uber Car Accident in Chicago

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Taxis and city buses are becoming transportation methods of the past as rideshare companies continue to grow. Uber is the most popular rideshare company of choice in Chicago, followed by Lyft. Uber provides a convenient alternative to traditional methods of transportation by allowing individuals to request a ride via the free Uber mobile app to take them virtually anywhere in a matter of minutes. Uber will automatically connect users to the closest driver that will take them from point A to point B at a predetermined price. Often, Uber fares are cheaper than those of taxi cabs while offering nicer vehicles and more flexibility. It’s no wonder why...

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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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