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IL injury lawyerIn 2016, there were nearly 12.5 million large trucks registered in the United States, accounting for billions of vehicle miles traveled. Unfortunately, accidents involving large trucks accounted for around 13 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in the United States. What is even worse, is that even when truck drivers are at fault for accidents, 8 out of 10 people killed in crashes involving large trucks are people who were riding in the other vehicle. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is dedicated to understanding the causes of accidents involving commercial motor vehicles and putting measures into place to prevent them. The FMCSA, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has determined a few top causes of commercial truck accidents in the United States.

Critical Reasons and Critical Events of Truck Accidents

There are two different causation variables for truck accidents: critical reasons and critical events. Critical events are the actions or events that put the vehicle into a situation in which a collision is unavoidable. Critical reasons are the immediate reason which caused the critical event. There are three types of critical events that were assigned to trucks:

  • Running out of the travel lane;
  • Loss of control of the vehicle; and
  • Colliding with the rear end of another vehicle.

There are also three types of critical reasons that are assigned to truck accidents, which include driver errors, vehicle failures, and environmental conditions. Driver errors are by far the most commonly cited critical reason, accounting for 87 percent of truck crashes.

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IL injury lawyerIn every state, there are laws in place that state you must stop and stay at the scene of any car accident that you are involved in. Unfortunately, not everyone makes sure all is well after an accident. In the event that you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you will probably be feeling frustrated, angry and lost. Hit-and-run accidents must be handled differently than normal car accidents, mostly because the other party is not always known. Even though it will be more difficult to pursue compensation for damages and injuries, it is not impossible. Fortunately, there are things you can do to mitigate the negative consequences of a hit-and-run accident.

Gather as Much Information as Possible

Information is key to having a successful hit-and-run claim. Having as much information as possible will increase the chance that the police will catch the driver who fled the scene and it will also help your insurance company make a decision about your claim. If it is possible, you should get information such as:

  • The make, model and color of the vehicle that hit you;
  • The license plate number of the other driver;
  • A description of damage to the other vehicle; and
  • What direction the other vehicle left in.

Look for Any Possible Witnesses

Witnesses can help you file a report with the police and they can also give you information about the other driver that you might not have known. If you are able to find witnesses to the accident, make sure you write down information such as their name and contact information. They may be able to add some depth to your case.

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IL injury lawyerAs the snow begins to fall, everyone scrambles to get their snow tires on their vehicles, change their windshield wiper blades and dig out their snow brush -- but those steps typically only pertain to the four-wheeled variety of vehicle owners. Those who own motorcycles have a set of concerns that are specific to their vehicle and riding it in cold, snowy weather. According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are approximately 8,410,255 motorcycles registered for private ownership in the country and over 300,000 of those motorcycles are registered in Illinois alone. Riders who are inexperienced or unprepared for cold-weather driving can find themselves in serious motorcycle accidents if they are not careful. If you are planning to ride your motorcycle this winter, here are three things you should think about before heading out on the road:

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Just like any other vehicle, your motorcycle should be serviced and in great condition at the beginning and throughout the winter months. It is a good idea to look into getting snow tires for your motorcycle because snow tires can give you the best traction possible in snowy or rainy weather. Also, a large windshield or heated hand grips can work wonders for making driving in the cold weather more comfortable.

Wear the Proper Gear

Every motorcyclist knows that proper gear is a necessity when it comes to riding at any time of the year. In colder months, you should wear thick, warm clothing and multiple layers for maximum protection from the elements. Long sleeves and long pants are a must, as thick gloves and boots with a decent amount of tread. Protective wear is not only used to protect yourself in the event of an accident, but also to protect yourself from the cold.

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IL injury lawyerWith November coming to a close in a few short weeks, winter is well on its way and in Illinois, that typically means snow and other inclement weather is on its way too. With winter comes snow and with snow comes more accidents than most other times of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 17 percent of all car crashes occur when there are winter conditions on the roads, like snow and ice. While winter wonderlands can be a dream landscape for some people, they can easily turn into a nightmare for others who are involved in winter car crashes. Here are four ways you can help keep yourself and others safe during this winter season:

Winter Road Safety Actually Starts off the Road

Before you get on the road after that first snow of the season, you need to thoroughly check your car to make sure it is safe to drive. When it gets cold outside, the air pressure drops, so you should check your tire pressure to make sure your tires are at peak performance. You should also check your windshield wipers to make sure they are working and are not streaking your windshield. It is also a good idea to make sure that all of your headlights, tail lights and blinkers are working - sometimes these are the only things that other drivers can see in poor visibility.

Stock Up in Case of Emergencies

You never know what will happen on the road, so you should be prepared for anything. It is a good idea to keep items like a shovel and an ice scraper in your car just in case you get stuck. You should also keep some sort of material to help you gain traction if you are stuck in the snow, like sand or cat litter. Other items to keep in the car that can be helpful are jumper cables, a flashlight, blankets, and a cell phone charger.

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IL accident lawyerFall is many people’s favorite time of year - you get a break from the sweltering heat of summer, leaves are changing into brilliant autumnal colors and you get to look forward to holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, in the midwest, fall also brings inclement weather, like rain and fog, which can make for dangerous driving situations. According to a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in car crashes related to roadway and atmospheric conditions, around 75 percent were related to dangerous roadway conditions. Here are four tips to keep you safe during your autumn road trips.

  1. Watch Your Speed

Fall’s infamous rainy weather can make for slick and slippery roads. You should be sure to increase the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case you need to stop suddenly. If you can see water on the roadways, you are also at a higher risk of hydroplaning, which happens when your tires lose traction on a wet road. Make sure you are not speeding and you are going a safe speed for the conditions you are driving in, even if it is lower than the speed limit.

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